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Brazil and Cuba advance to semis at U21 Pan Am Cup

 

Brazilians celebrate after victory over hosts Canada on Thursday

Fort McMurray, Canada, May 18, 2017 – Defending champions Brazil and Cuba advanced to the semifinals of the U21 Men’s Pan American Cup after finishing atop of their respective pools on Thursday at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre at Keyano College in Fort McMurray.

The tournament offers two tickets – one for South America and one for the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation (NORCECA) - to the FIVB Volleyball U21 World Championship to be held in the Czech Republic from June 23 to July 2.

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Brazil defeated hosts Canada 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14) in a match between undefeated teams to wrap up Pool B.

Henrique Honorato was Brazil’s top scorer with 18 points, but again is was a solid effort by the whole roster. Eric Loeppky was Canada’s top scorer with 20, followed by Sharone Vernon-Evans with 11, including three aces.

Cuba swept Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-20) to win Pool A with a 2-0 win-loss record.

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Osniel Melgarejo was Cuba’s top contributor with 14 points, including five services aces, while teammate Miguel Lopez had 11 points – six off the serve.

In a well fought match between winless teams in Pool B, Guatemala secured a spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 (34-32, 24-26, 25-14, 25-21) victory.

Wagner Chacon had 24 points for the winning side while Adam Niles led Barbados with 19 followed by Carlos Cyrus with 18 in the loss.

In Friday’s quarterfinals, Puerto Rico faces Guatemala while Canada meets Chile.

Top Scorer by Day
21- Miguel Gutierrez of Cuba v Chile on May 16
19- Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Chile on May 17
24- Wagner Chacon of Guatemala v Barbados on May 18

Best Scoring Performances
24- Wagner Chacon of Guatemala v Barbados on May 18
21- Miguel Gutierrez of Cuba v Chile on May 16
20- Erick Loeppky of Canada v Brazil on May 18
19- Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Chile on May 17
19- Adam Niles of Barbados v Guatemala on May 18

Best Blocking Performances
6- McCarthy Fynnian of Canada v Brazil on May 18
5- Ahkeem Mayers of Barbados v Guatemala on May 18
4- Victor Cardoso of Brazil v Guatemala on May 17
4- Wagner Chacon of Guatemala v Barbados on May 18
4- Shevin Blades of Barbados v Guatemala on May 18

Best Serving Performances
11- Miguel Gutierrez of Cuba v Chile on May 16
6- Bastian Fuentes of Chile v Puerto Rico on May 17
6- Miguel Lopez of Cuba v Puerto Rico on May 18
5- Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Chile on May 17
5- Osniel Melgarejo of Cuba v Puerto Rico on May 18

Best Team Blocking Performances
18- Barbados v Guatemala on May 18
13- Canada v Brazil on May 18
10- Brazil v Barbados on May 16
10- Brazil v Guatemala on May 17
10- Brazil v Canada on May 18

Best Team Serving Performances
15- Cuba v Chile on May 16
14- Cuba v Puerto Rico on May 16
10- Puerto Rico v Chile on May 17

Highest Scoring Sets
34-32 Guatemala v Barbados (1st Set) on May 18
26-24 Barbados v Guatemala (2nd Set) on May 18
25-23 Chile v Puerto Rico (1st Set) on May 17

Highest Scoring Matches
201- Guatemala d Barbados 3-1 (34-32, 24-26, 25-14, 25-21) on May 18
172- Brazil d Canada 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14) on May 18
166- Puerto Rico d Chile 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-10) on May 17