Venezuela and Colombia opened the first day of the 2020 South American Volleyball Olympic Qualifier in the Chilean capital of Santiago in a victorious way.
Backed by 8,000 people at the Gran Arena Monticello in Santiago, the hosts showed their best at the moment but it was enough only for taking the third set in a four-sets-game vs. Venezuela: 3-1 (37:35, 25:14, 25:27, 25:22). The first set, that was tension-filled and lasted for as many as 44 minutes, was decisive for the development of the rest of the clash. With 23 points apiece, Willner Rivas from Venezuela and Chile’s Vicente Parraguirre were the top scorers of the match.
Dusan Bonacic, captain of Chile: “It really was a very difficult game. We gave many points and the truth is that it is difficult to play like this. The tournament is fast, and tomorrow we go back to the field, where we have to win because we want to continue fighting for the qualification.”
Ronald Sarty, coach of Venezuela: “The mental aspect is very important. We knew that Chile had pressure to be playing locally and I think that played against them.”
Daniel Nejamkin, coach of Chile: “Venezuela, yes, was always leading the four sets, although the first was decisive for the development of the rest of the duel. We must recognize that Venezuela played better than us. They played very well in the serve, which was something difficult to solve. Anyway, we played a good first set, the second was quite bad and finally, in the third and fourth set we could play at our level.”
Colombia destroyed Peru in straight sets in the other match of Day 1, partially 25:19, 25:23, 25:21, with 16 points of the Captain Agamez.
Liberman Agamez, captain of Colombia: “We started on the right foot. We managed to attack a lot, generate a lot of pressure, we had a good reception and we did very well in the serves. ”
Eduardo Romay, captain of Peru: “We entered very slowly today. We did not manage to do what we had in mind from the beginning, so we are very sad. But we must continue, in these competitions you can expect anything.”
2020 South American Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – Round 1
Peru – Colombia 0-3 (19:25, 23:25, 21:25)
Chile – Venezuela 1-3 (35:37, 14:25, 27:25, 22:25)
Source and photos: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com