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Toronto, Canada, July 25, 2015 — Argentina progressed to the gold medal match at the men’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games after defeating hosts Canada 3-1 (28-26, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23) in a semifinal match that lasted 2 hours and 9 minutes at Toronto Exhibition Center on Friday night. In the title's match on Sunday afternoon, it will be a "classical" South American clash with Argentina facing once more in a different competition Brazil that overcame Puerto Rico in the other semi-final 3-0 this Friday evening.

Facundo Conte and José Luis Gonzalez finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively, as the top scorers for the winning side. Sebastian Sole contributed 10 points while Maximiliano Gauna added 9 in the victory.

Gavin Schmitt led all the players in the match with 25 points, all but two via spikes, and John Gordon Perrin and Frederic Winters finished with 16 and 10, respectively, in the losing effort.

Argentina outdistanced Canada in attacks 61-56 and made 31 unforced errors to 23 by Canada. The winners had the upper hand in blocks 10-4 with Argentinean Pablo Crer finishing with four of his own.

Julio Velasco, Coach of Argentina: “This has been our toughest match at these games. The most important thing is that we did not lose our mind. We kept a cold-minded attitude in every execution. There was a moment when we could not stop (John Gordon) Perrin, but fortunately we could solve the match in four sets. My players did a very good job today.”

Javier Filardi, Captain of Argentina: “It is very important for Argentina to play a final. We’ve been so far away from home touring, playing. These have been very difficult moments. I miss my family. I have a newborn daughter. It has been difficult to see her but it is a special satisfaction. Argentina took a big step. The goal we had was to win and go for the title”

Pablo Crer, Player of Argentina: “I’m so glad as we kept playing so calmed. The crowd put some pressure, but we kept very well concentrated as we are ready for the final. We’ve been together for one whole month. Some of us have felt a little bit tired but I think that we expect to be in the best shape to win the gold”.

Glenn Hoag, Coach of Canada: “We had a strategy. I thought we played very well most of the time, but kept the pressure on their serves. We lost our focus and there were a couple of bad plays and a couple of mental errors. We didn’t go for blocks and that just made a big difference against such a good team.”