GATINEAU, August 14, 2022 – Osniel Melgarejo of Cuba was named the Most Valuable Player of the Men’s Pan American Cup held in Gatineau, Quebec of Canada won by his team with a victory over host Canada on Sunday.
GATINEAU, August 14, 2022: The United States won the bronze match today at the 15th Men’s Pan American Cup at the Centre Slush Puppie arena in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opponent Chile tried to extend the match with strong third set performance, but the U.S. rallied for the 1-3 (16-25, 15-25, 25-22, 21-25) victory and the bronze medal
“I’m proud of my team and the ability to come back after a really tough match last night (semi-final) against Canada,” said U.S. Head Coach Andy Read. “To respond like that today against a very resilient Chilean team; I’m really happy.”
The U.S. was the better attacking team (56-42) and led in aces (11-5). Both teams had 7 blocking points and made an equal amount of errors at 23.
Opposite Jake Hanes was the U.S. top scorer with 21 points, including 4 aces. Outside hitter Vicente Parraguirre of Chile led all scorers with 26 points.
GATINEAU, August 14, 2022: A young Brazilian squad could not hold off a more experienced Dominican side today at the 15th Pan American Cup held at the Slush Puppie Centre in Quebec, Canada.
It was the sixth five-set match of the tournament; 2-3 (23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 10-15) with the Dominican Republic securing seventh place as winner of this classification final.
The teams were even on attack points at 58, and Brazil was the better blocking side (12-9). The Dominicans had an impressive 10 ace serves, five from opposite Gerson Ezequiel Toribio, compared to the South Americans with two aces. Errors were almost equal (28-27) with Brazil getting the slight advantage.
Veteran outside hitter Wilfrido Hernandez led all scoring with 25 points. Brazil’s Maicon dos Santos França added 20 points to the losing side’s total.
This was the first of four matches in today’s schedule that culminates in the gold medal match between Canada and Cuba.
GATINEAU, August 13, 2022: A young Brazilian squad was defeated by Puerto Rico 0-3 (23-25, 22-25, 19-25) today at the 15th Pan American Cup held at the Slush Puppie Centre in Quebec, Canada.
Puerto Rico will get a chance to play for 5th place in the tournament tomorrow, and Brazil will play to determine places seven and eight.
Puerto Rico’s more efficient offense was the difference maker in this match: they led by 43-28 in attacking points. Other skills were more even: 4-4 in blocks and 4-4 in service aces. Puerto Rico had slightly more errors than Brazil (28-24).
For Puerto Rico, 19 year-old Klistan Lawrence stood out as top scorer with 21 points. Samuel Carazzai de Morais Neufeld, at 17 years of age, led scoring for the South American side with 13 points.
This was the first of four matches in today’s schedule.