In a stunning closing of the Pool Stage at the XVI Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, and Chile emerged as the victors in their respective matches. The thrilling action took place across different groups, setting the tone for the competition’s next stage.
Mexico Bounces Back, Defeats Cuba
Despite losing the first set, Mexico dramatically recovered and secured a 3-1 victory (21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21) over Cuba in Pool C’s closing match. Playing at Arena Astros in Guadalajara and bolstered by fervent local support, Mexico clawed back from a 13-19 deficit in the second set, eventually gaining the upper hand and the match. Diego Gonzalez shined for Mexico with 16 points. In this clash, Mexico showcased superiority in attacks, blocks, and service points. However, Cuba ended with a disappointing 0-3 record.
Colombia Holds Strong Against Peru
Colombia maintained composure under intense pressure from Peru, ultimately winning 3-0 (25-23, 29-27, 25-13). Liberman Agamez was the standout performer for Colombia, contributing 15 points, as the team exhibited strong defense and effective attacking throughout the match.
Canada Overcomes Dominican Challenge
Advancing to the quarterfinals, Canada registered a 3-1 win (25-14, 17-25, 25-21, 25-16) against the Dominican Republic in Group B. Despite a challenging Dominican resistance, Canada, led by Isaac Hesling’s 17 points, held firm, maintaining an edge in service and blocks. With this win, Canada secured the second spot in Group B, following Brazil.
Chile Dominates Puerto Rico
Chile marked their first victory of the tournament in spectacular fashion, defeating Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) in a Pool A encounter. Vicente Parraguirre, with a game-leading 18 points, was instrumental in Chile’s commanding win. The team’s strong offensive and defensive tactics were evident as they capitalized on Puerto Rico’s errors.
In the upcoming quarterfinals, United States is set to compete against Canada, while Colombia will challenge Chile. Both Brazil and the host nation Mexico have secured their spots in the semifinals due to their top performances as the best group winners. Meanwhile, United States, being the lowest ranked among the group winners, will be playing against Canada.