USA sweeps into semis after win over Puerto Rico

GATINEAU, August 12, 2022: The United States defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 29-27, 26-24) on Friday evening at the 15th Men’s Pan American Cup at the Centre Slush Puppie arena in Gatineau, Quebec Canada.

Team USA advances to the semi-finals along with Chile, who beat Mexico in the earlier quarterfinal today, Canada and Cuba. 

The U.S. will face North American rivals Canada in its semi on Saturday.  

Today, the U.S. led in attacking (45-39), blocking (10-4) and service points (7-5). However, the winning team had slightly more errors than Puerto Rico (20-18).

Opposite Jake Hanes and middle Patrick Gasman of USA led scoring with 17 points apiece. Klistan Lawrence Vidal was top scorer of Puerto Rico with 15 points followed by teammate Kevin Lopez who contributed 12.

Omene (USA) spikes the ball against Team PUR double block

A berth to the Pan Am Games, which will be held in Santiago, Chile in 2023, is at stake at this tournament.

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Mexico falls to Chile in five-set showdown 

GATINEAU, August 12, 2022 – Mexico faced Chile in the first quarterfinal of the day at the 15th Men’s Pan American Cup in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada with the South American team coming up on the winning side of five sets 2-3 (25-17, 17-25, 21-25, 26-24, 14-16). 

Sets were unpredictable throughout the match. Pressure by the Mexican team put them ahead in the fifth set, but Chile fought back and prevailed in extra points. 

The Chilean team led in attack points (62-52), was slightly better in blocking (12-11), but Mexico had the advantage in aces (7-4) and gained more points from the opposing team’s errors. 

Chile advances to the semi-finals, which will be held tomorrow. 

Outside hitter Vicente Parraguirre of Chile had an impressive 37 points, and team captain Dusan Bonacic contributed 14 for the winning team. 

Outside hitter Josué López was top scorer (15 points) for the Mexican team; followed by teammate opposite Diego González with 11 points. 

Chilean players celebrate after winning their match against Team MEX

A berth to the Pan Am Games, which will be held in Santiago, Chile in 2023, is at stake at this tournament.

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Canada wins in five sets to top Group B

GATINEAU, August 11, 2022:  Host team Canada won in the tie-break over Brazil to top Group B today at the Slush Puppie Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

It was an even contest until the fifth set: the scores were 22-25, 25-20, 21-25,25-20, 15-7. Canada, with two wins and a loss, advances directly to the semi-finals on Saturday.

Canada led in attack points (57-38) as well as in service points (11-8) and made the most of the young Brazilian team’s errors.  Brazil was the better blocking team in this match with 10 to Canada’s eight points.

Canadian players celebrate

Jordan Canham was top scorer for Canada with 15 points, followed by teammate Brodie Hofer who contributed 14 to the score card.

Lukas Felipe Bergmann led Brazil’s efforts with 17 points.

The tournament, which will decide a berth to the Pan American Games, now moves in the playoff phase.

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Cuba blanks USA in final pool play match of Group A 

GATINEAU- August 11, 2022:  The United States fell to Cuba today in both teams’ final Pan American Cup Group A match – 0-3 (21-25, 20-25, 19-25) at the Slush Puppie Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. 

A strong offense led to Cuba’s sweep – leading 44-31 in attack points. USA led in blocking (8-5) and service points were even at three each.  Cuba also capitalized on the United States’ errors (18-23). 

Cuban opposite Jesus Herrera led the winning team in scoring with 16 points; followed by Miguel Angel Lopez Castro with 12. For the U.S., opposite Jake Hanes led that team’s scoring with 13 points. 

This was the North American team’s first loss, while Cuba remains undefeated to top Group A. 

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Puerto Rico prevails in a five-set thriller at the Pan Am Cup

GATINEAU, Canada, August 11, 2022: In Group B Pan American Cup action today, Mexico was defeated by Puerto Rico 2-3 (14-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 17-19) at the Slush Puppie Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

Mexico lost the first two sets before attempting a serious comeback, and winning sets three and four. The fifth set was back and forth until 6-6 when Mexico made a push followed by Puerto Rico’s answer back. Finally, in extra points, Puerto Rico prevailed.

Puerto Rico had the slight advantage in attacks 59-56, blocks 10-9 and made fewer errors. Mexico had eight aces, compared to Puerto Rico’s four.

Team PUR after winning their match vs. Team MEX

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This was Mexico’s first loss of the tournament, and Puerto Rico’s second win. Both teams are now 2-1.

Diego González Castañeda of Mexico led all scorers with 27 points. Pelegrin Vargas of Puerto Rico brought in 19 for the winning side, followed by teammate Pedro Molina with 15 points.

Chile earns first Pan Am Cup win over Dominican Republic

Gatineau, Quebec. August 11, August 11, 2022: In the first match of the final day of pool play at the 15th Pan American Cup, Group A’s Chile and Dominican Republic battled it out at the Slush Puppie Centre in Gatineau, Quebec.

Chile won the contest 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-15) for their first victory of the tournament.

Chile’s strong offense (led in attack points 61-42) as well as serves (8 to the opponent’s 4) made the difference.  Chile edged out the Dominicans in blocking points, 9-8, but Chile made more errors than the Caribbean team.

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Parraguirre (CHI) spikes the ball against Team DOM double block

Vicente Parraguirre of Chile dominated scoring with 28 points; followed by teammate Dusan Bonacic with 19.

For the Dominican side, Henry Omar Tapia Santana led with 16 points while Wilfrido Hernandez contributed 14.

Chile was playing without setter Matias Banda who suffered an injury in the match with the USA on Wednesday.

Canada rebounds with 3-0 win over Puerto Rico at Pan American Cup

Gatineau, 10 aug.- Canada rebounded from a shocking five-set defeat in tournament debut and dominated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 25-17 and 25-19) in Pool B action of the 15th Pan American Cup.

Inspired by their four-set win over Brazil in their first game, Puerto Rico kept the host team at bay in the first third of the match (tied at eight), but Canada soon moved away with a solid spikes and blocks, combined with two aces by Jordan Canham, to take the first set 25-17.

Puerto Rico tried to regain momentum and stayed in contention in the second set until the second technical time-out (14-16). From there, the Canadian service and attack wreaked havoc on their opponents as they cruised to an easy 25-17 win.

Both teams traded points early in the third set. Samuel Cooper was lethal from the service line as Canada led 16-10. Fynnian McCarthy and Mathias Elser also added aces and the former sealed a comfortable win with a solid attack.

Team Canada celebrates after winning over Team Puerto Rico

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Mathias Elser led the host team with 13 points, followed by Jordan Schnitzer (11). Pedro Molina was Puerto Rico’s top scorer with seven points.

Canada plays Brazil and Puerto Rico meets Mexico on the final day of Pool B action on Thursday.

USA sweeps Chile at Pan American Cup

Gatineau, 10 aug.- The United States kept their winning streak at the 15th Pan American Cup with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18 and 25-14) win over Chile in Pool B action at the Slush Puppie Centre.

Coming from a 3-0 victory over the Dominican Republic in their opening match, the North American squad found strong opposition from Chile, who held a narrow lead 10-8 and then 16-15 at the second technical time-out. But the United States kept the pressure. With the set tied at 21 points, Jake Hanes’ solid attack and effective blocks led the USA to take the opening set 25-22.

Early in the second set, Chilean setter Matias Banda collided with a fellow player and fell to the ground. With Araya out, the South American squad struggled to keep up with the American offense. Patrick Gasman, Jake Hanes and Jacob Pasteur inflicted some damage in their opponents’ defense. After a long rally, Pasteur finished the 25-18 set victory with a solid cross attack.

Determined to finish the game in three sets, the USA came back strongly and built an early 5-0 lead. Pasteur continued to lead the offense and the team backed it up with effective blocks. Chile was never able to stop the American system as Kyle McCauley sealed the 25-14 set and match victory with a solid spike.

McHenry (USA) spikes the ball against Team CHI double block

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Jake Hanes led the USA performance with 15 points, followed by Pasteur (13). Vicente Parraguirre was Chile’s top scorer with 13 points.

Both undefeated in two matches, Cuba and the USA for the top position of Pool A on Thursday. The Dominican Republic and Chile will play for the third place in the Pool on the same day.

Mexico keeps unbeaten campaign at Pan American Cup with 3-1 win over Brazil

Gatineau.- Mexico kept its winning streak in Pool B of the Pan American Cup with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-19) victory over Brazil on Wednesday at the Slush Puppie Centre in Gatineau.

Looking to rebound after a defeat to Puerto Rico in their tournament debut on Tuesday, the Brazilian squad, made up of players aged 18-19 years old, started out aggressively, leading 8-5 and 16-10 at the two technical time-outs. Their lead was never threatened, and Carlos Rodrigues sealed the 25-19 set victory with a solid attack.

The second set remained even, with both teams exchanging points and Mexico slightly ahead 16-15. An efficient block and an ace by Diego Gonzalez in the latter stages paid the way for a 25-20 victory and a game tie one set each.

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Lopez (MEX) digs the ball

That’s what Mexico needed to recover their winning ways, a day after a shocking victory over hosts Canada in their opening match. Their block, on court experience, effective defense and the attacking duo of Diego Gonzalez and Mauro Fuentes found no match in the young Brazilian squad and went on to win the remaining sets 25-18 and 25-19.

Gonzalez contributed 22 points for the winners, followed by Josue Lopez (13) and Fuentes (11). Lukas Bergmann was Brazil’s top scorer with 13 points with Samuel Carrazai (12) and captain Arthur Bergmann (11) also in double digits.

Mexico plays Puerto Rico and Brazil faces Canada on the final day of Pool B action on Thursday.

Cuba blanks the Dominican Republic and remains undefeated at Pan American Cup

GATINEAU, August 10, 2022 – Defending champions Cuba remains undefeated with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-12) victory over the Dominican Republic in Pool A of the Pan American Cup.

With a different starting line-up from their Cup debut win Tuesday against Chile, Cuba contained a well known Caribbean rival, staying in front at both technical time-outs 8-6 and 16-13. Michael Sanchez’s spike sealed the victory in the opening set 25-12.

The start of the second set remained even, with Cuba slightly ahead 8-6. The Dominican Republic rebounded and took control 16-13 at the second technical time-out, but their Caribbean opponents tied it up at 17. They traded points until a 21-point tie. With Jesus Herrera from the service line, the Dominican Republic struggled, and the opposite player finished the set with an ace and a final 25-21 score.

In the third set, the Dominican Republic built an early 8-4 and 16-14 lead at the first and second technical timeouts. Cuba reacted and tied the score at 18. With Roamy Alonso from the service line, the Dominican Republic made some costly mistakes and saw their chances slip away 18-21. The gap remained, and Marlon Yant sealed the set 25-12 and the match victory for Cuba.

Yant (CUB) spikes the ball against Team DOM double block

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Jesus Herrera was the top scorer for the Cuban squad with 14 points, followed by Osniel Mergarejo (10) and Roamy Alonso (9).  Wilfrido Hernandez set offense with 11 points for the Dominican Republic.

Cuba plays the United States and the Dominican Republic meets Chile in the last preliminary round matches of Pool A on Thursday.