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13-07-2012

MEN PAN-AMERICAN CUP: ARGENTINA OVERCOMES BRAZIL 3-2 IN SEMI-FINAL MATCH

Duel of top scorers, Mauricio Silva and Giustiniano

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 13, 2012 - Once more, Argentina will be at the final match of the Pan-American Cup being held in Santo Domingo after defeating in a luxury match at the 7th edition of the competition with a Juniors' team reinforced by three Seniors' Brazil in a terrific tie-breaker match by 25-20, 25-17, 25-27, 18-25, 15-13 in one of the semi-final matches. This Saturday, at 20.00 Argentine time, the light blue - white jersey team will look forward to winning an historical Gold Medal.

As during all the competition until now, Mariano Giustiniano was once more the top scorer with 20 points well sparred by Gonzalo Quiroga with 16, and Gonzalo Lapera and Maximiliano Gauna, 13 points each for this important victory.

On the Brazilian side, Mauricio Silva (MVP of the Indian Juniors' World Championship 2009) headed his team best score with 18 points while Tiago Barth, as substitute player scored 16.

Even though both teams made a lot of non-forced errors, Argentina showed more claws at the decisive moments to win the first two sets and lead on the third but not being able to close it and with Brazil coming from behind forced a tie-break won by the Argentine team coached by Fabian Muraco.

With this result Argentina secured the same silver medal won in the competition in the year 2010 but looking forward to an historical Gold Medal with a most young Juniors' team.

Press Conference:

Fabian Muraco, coach of Argentina , said “Brazil is a school we always look at and play against them is of great motivation. My boys had to play at more than one hundred percent and took advantage of every chance from the opponent.”

Leonardo Carvalho, coach of Brazil, commented: “Against Argentina you can’t make errors and my team was not there for the first two sets, then we found more balance, but when you go into a fifth set one ball is decisive. Our rivals deserved the victory because they were more consistent than us.”

Mariano Giustiniano, captain of the winners , rated the match as one very tough. “We took advantage in the first sets, then it was very equalized, but we are happy because we knew how to keep the calm in the tie-break, which is always very difficult.”

Raphael Vieira de Oliveira, the Brazilian captain , couldn’t hide his sadness especially after two poor sets. “We didn’t deserve to win, they were more stable and now go to the finals,” he said.

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