September 30, 2012, Langley, BC – Brazil won the gold medal at Men’s U23 Pan American Cup after defeating Argentina 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-18) Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.
Henrique Batagim scored 16 points for Brazil, while Gonzalo Lapera finished with 10 for Argentina. Brazil’s blocking was led by Leandro Santos who had four converted attempts.
“I am very glad for the win,” said Brazil captain Thiago Veloso. “We finished with a gold medal, but not everything has been done yet for us, because we must be focused on winning the South American World Championship Qualification tournament.”
Argentina was once again forced to play without captain Gonzalo Quiroga, who said he was not able to perform all week because of a muscular injury he suffered in an pre-tournament tour against Canadian university teams in the Okanagan.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t make it, but at the same time, collectively this tournament helped us a lot to see what we have to improve for the continental championship and now the next days will help our team recover from a number of injuries,” Quiroga indicated.
Argentina coach Fabian Muraco said: “Maybe we could have done more in the final. Generally, from the bottom to the top, we increased our level during the tournament. This was a good quality tournament.”
Brazilian coach Leonardo Carvalho added: “Facing Argentina always generates high expectations and I am happy for tonight’s victory. But now we have to prepare for the South American Championship. I want to thank the people of Langley for hosting a great tournament. It was a great opportunity for young players.”
BRAZIL LIBERO ROGERIO CARVALHO FILHO NAMED MVP
Brazilian libero, Rogerio Carvalho Filho was named the Men’s U23 Pan American Cup Most Valuable Player. Along with this award, Carvalho was named Best Digger, Best Receiver and Best Libero.
“This tournament was very good for us, and these awards are just a consequence of hard work and the team’s effort,” said the Brazilian libero at the end of the competition. One of the most difficult matches for us was against Canada, as they are a very tall team. This is my first time in this country, and I also appreciate the support of Brazilian fans here. It was so important.”
Other winners recognized were Henrique Batagim, also from Brazil as he was named the tournament’s Best Spiker.
The Spartans Daniel Jansen Van Doorn was named the Best Blocker.
Argentina’s Gonzalo Lapera, was named Best Server and Best Scorer. His fellow patriot, Fernando Arpajou was honoured as Best Setter.
Final Team Rankings
1. 1. Brazil
2. 2. Argentina
3. 3. Dominican Republic
4. 4. Canada
5. 5. Mexico