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07-09-2016

ARGENTINA CLINCH A SEMI-FINAL U 23 MEN'S PAN-AMERICAN CUP PLACE

FIXTURE, RESULTS & STATISTICS

Guanajuato, Mexico, September 7, 2016 - Argentina clinched its second victory and finished as leader in Pool “C” in the Third Edition of the Men’s U23 Pan-American Cup. The best ranked South America and Norceca's teams qualify for the World Championship 2017.

The squad coached b Camilo Soto won in three sets against Chile by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19.

German Johansen, Nicolas Lazo and Liam Arreche closed as top scorers for Argentina after registering 16, 13 and 10 points, respectively. On the Chilean side, Christopher Baeza closed with eight tallies.

Argentina showed a solid blocking performance by finishing with a 10-4 advantage and 4-1 in sets to grant a direct spot in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Chile is still alive and will play the quarterfinals on Thursday.

“We had a very solid attack. We closed the match very well and now we will have to prepare for the semi-finals,” said Arreche about the performance of Argentina.

“Playing against Argentina is always difficult. Their reception is always good and when they rotate they play fast and that really affected us. They have a very good defence volume and they are very accurate in their game. The most important thing is that this match can help us to improve our performance in the rest of the championship that is very long. We have one goal and that goal is to advance to the semi-finals and get into the finals”, said Chilean player Gianluca Borelli.

Daniel Nejamkin, coach of Chile, stated: “We have to wait to see who our opponents will be. Today we faced and Argentinean team that was very strong and with a good blocking game.”

Camilo Soto, coach of Argentina, remarked: “We are glad because this was a very tough match. Our goal was to avoid facing Cuba in the semi-finals and we want to play against them later not in that moment. The one who loses here had to play against them. We closed in first place in our Pool. Our guys played at a great level from point zero until the last set. That is not easy and they did it”.

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