Lima 2019: USA and Brazil crowned sitting volleyball champions
US take women’s title while Brazil win men’s after they fight it out in both finals
29 Aug 2019
El equipo femenino de Estados Unidos celebra el oro en vóleibol sentado
By NSLima2019 and APC
The USA won the women’s sitting volleyball event at the Parapan American Games after beating Brazil in the final in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday.
The US team, also the reigning Paralympic champions, won 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-13).
After the match, US player Sydney Satchell said: “It’s good. For me, it’s my first big tournament. This means the world to me. I didn’t think I would be here. To be here and win is just awesome.
“As our team gets stronger and more developed we are really challenging ourselves. This win means a lot, it stands for challenging ourselves.
“Our team motto is to 'be the bar'. What that means is, on and off the court we set our standards. And we try to meet them."
Brazil and USA also faced-off in the men’s sitting volleyball final, with the former emerging as victors 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-12).
Daniel Da Silva of Brazil said: “This medal really means a lot to us. We have been working for this result for about three years, after we finished fourth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“After winning bronze at last year’s World Championships, the focus went on to winning gold at the Parapan American Games in Lima.
"We have worked really hard for this. We wanted to claim that ticket to Tokyo 2020, which we did by winning here. We will celebrate the Lima 2019 gold medal today, but tomorrow we start on our road to Tokyo. That is where we want to deliver again.”
Goalball semi-finalists decided
In the men’s event, Brazil smashed Peru 11-1 in the quarter finals and will next face Venezuela, who beat Mexico 18-17.
USA defeated Guatemala 12-2 and will next meet Canada, who achieved a 6-3 victory over Argentina.
The four female teams qualified for the semi-finals will be decided on Thursday.
The USA’s Dana Mathewson won the first wheelchair tennis medal after beating compatriot Emmy Kaiser 6-3, 7-5 to take bronze in the women’s singles.
Colombian Angelica Bernal and Chilean Macarena Cabrillana will face-off in the final.
At the same time, the football 5 and football 7 preliminary rounds continued.