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27-10-2018

SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP U21: ARGENTINA SILVER MEDAL

GALLERY

In the closure of the South American Championship U21 in Bariloche, Argentina couldn’t beat Brazil, who prevailed by 3-1 (28-26, 25-27, 25-21, 25-20) and won the title. The National Team finished with a silver medal and achieved the goal of qualifying for the 2019 World Championship. The podium was completed by Chile, who defeated Colombia in tie break.

The final started with a first even set, where the teams failed to make big differences. However, Paulo and Oppenkoski led the Brazilian team, which entered with advantage to the end of the partial. Argentina tried with Barrera and Seia, but only with the entry of Arquez to the service line would have its chance to come back. In an end with chances for both squads, Brazil was more consistent in attack to define it 28-26.

The Brazilian service complicated in the second chapter, which allowed a greater control on the scoreboard. Cardona´s team improved with an aggressive defense and the good appearances of Barrera, but by the center, Brazil remained ahead. In the closing, Frías damaged with the serve, Zerba showed off in blocking and Argentina completed a great comeback with Palonsky, 27-25.

The Argentines were more comfortable in the following partial, forcing the rival´s error and playing with its outside hitters. Brazil fought with Oppenkoski active in service and attack until reaching 21-19, and again the game got balanced. The national reception had some irregularities in the closing area and Brazil did not hesitate to take advantage of it until sentencing the 25-21.

Resley looked for Victor in the fourth quarter and Gavio's team guaranteed its dominance at the beginning of the set. Argentina lowered its intensity, while the Brazilian defense and counterattack worked perfectly towards the 14-10. Vicentín gave air to Argentina, but Oppenkoski appeared again to make 20-17. Cardona´s squad entered in an erratic stretch and everything was simplified for Brazil, that was perfect in the definition, solving the match 25-20.

In the game for the third place, meanwhile, Chile got the victory after a very balanced game against Colombia that finished 3-2 with scores by 19-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21 and 17-15. Carlos Llanos was the top scorer of the match with 22 points, while Vicente Ibarra from Chile culminated with 18.

Photos: Fabián Arriagada

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Best outside hitters: Federico Seia (ARG) - Vicente Ibarra (CHI)

Best middle blockers: Edson Souza (BRA) - Paulo Carraro (BRA)

Best opposite hitter: Wellinton Oppenkoski (BRA)

Best setter: Rhendrick Resley (BRA)

Best libero: Santiago Arroyo (ARG)

MVP: Aleksander Cardoso Victor (BRA)

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