Brazil take gold at Men's U23 South American Championship
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Cartagena, Colombia, June 26, 2016 - Brazil swooped the gold at the second Men's U23 South American Championship on Sunday, defeating Argentina 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 28-26) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia to conclude the tournament.
German Johansen topped the scoring with 17 points for Brazil, with team mate Edgar Viera taking 11. Calo Oliveira led the way for Argentina with 23 points followed by Leonardo Nascimento with 17.
It was a fairly even match in terms of attack, but it was Brazil’s lack of unforced errors which made the difference, with Argentina gifting their rivals too many points at the most crucial moments.
"I feel very excited as we won the title, really we worked very hard to arrive to this competition ready to win it and obtain the title and the berth at stake for next year's World Championship,” Johansen said. “I dedicate this victory to my family and the people that supported us along our preparation. We will keep working to represent our country as well as possible at the World Championship.”
The contest for bronze was a much closer affair as Colombia edged a thrilling encounter with Chile 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13).
In a match which tested both skill and focus, it was the Colombians who came out on top buoyed by several hundred passionate home supporters.
Colombia’s top scorer was Pablo Moreno with 23 tallies while for Chile, Dusan Bonacic scored 21.
“We wanted to qualify for the Final of this Championship and have the chance of fighting for the World Championship berth, but, we could not reach that far,” Moreno said. “Nevertheless we had the responsibility with our country to give them a moment of joy and to be at the Podium and therefore we fought point-by-point. I am happy because Colombia stands already among the top teams of South America and we will keep working because there are still some chances of qualifying for next year’s World Championship.”
- Wing Spiker (1): Nicolas Lazo (ARG)
- Wing Spiker (2): Rodrigo Leao (BRA)
- Middle Spiker (1): Gaston Fernández (ARG)
- Middle Spiker (2): Romulo Silva (BRA)
- Opposite Player: German Johansen (ARG)
- Setter: Fernando Kreling (BRA)
- Libero: Santiago Danani (ARG)
- MVP: Caio Oliveira (BRA)