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Mexico DF, Mexico, May 24, 2016 - Argentina won Pool C over Mexico 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 25-22) in the closing match of the preliminary round at the XI Men’s Pan American Cup held at Olympic Gymnasium Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.

It was an exciting win for Argentina’s young players in age but with a vast experience playing together and U-21 FIVB world silver medallists. Argentina recovered from a seven point deficit in set four turning the score around disappointing the home team.

With the victory, Argentina won Pool C and earned a hall pass into the semi-finals. Argentina held a huge 60-48 advantage in kills over Mexico and in aces 4-2. Both scored 10 points on blocking. Argentina had 29 unforced errors and Mexico 27.

Opposite Bruno Lima of Argentina topped all scorers with 23 points, 19 on kills, 3 blocks and 1 ace. Also contributing with the win were Nicolas Lazo (14), Jan Martinez (12) and Fabian Flores (10). Mexican outside hitter Jorge Barajas led his team with 17 points, 15 on kills and 2 blocks, and Tomas Aguilera added 10 points, 8 on kills and 2 blocks.

Captain Matias Sanchez of Argentina said “all the teams here came to win the tournament and thinking about that we were able to keep good energy in the last set; we had a good strike in serves that helped us to score. We were able to overcome Mexico’s regularity in the first two sets, but their serves made things difficult”.

Coach Camilo Soto said “we celebrated big because we faced difficult opponents and we knew today’s match was going to be very hard. Mexico’s serves are aggressive as well as their kills; we were able to control one of their weapons with good receiving in the first two sets. Matias setting is difficult to read and it complicates our rivals. This is a talented team in their age-group and now they are facing a new challenge in the senior category, today they showed what they’re capable of”.

Mexican Pedro Rangel indicated “we didn’t play at our level and our serves failed. We started gaining confidence but still we committed mistakes. The group had a good attitude but our errors continued. We are motivated and we must learn from today’s loss. Argentina is very talented”.

Coach Jorge Azair said that Argentina makes little mistakes “they are very skilful and we had a weak rotation. We will study today’s video to face Dominican Republic, focused on reaching the semi-finals”.