Colombia wins battle with Mexico and moved on to semifinals
HAVANA, Cuba, March 31, 2017–Colombia defeated Mexico to win a
four-set point by point battle 3-1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-21, 25-22)
while booking a pass to the semifinals of the IV Pan American
U-18 Girls’ Cup taking place at the Sports City Coliseum.
The South Americans, who next meet the powerful team of
Dominican Republic, attacked and blocked more. Their offensive
was led by Ana Olaya (17), Valerin Carabali (12), Angie
Velasquez and Manuela Ibarguen with 11 point apiece.
For the Mexicans, Uxue Guereca Parra (18) and Daniela Siller
(11) were the top-scorers.
Antonio Rizola, Brazilian coach of Colombia: “Both teams
displayed good technique controlling the ball. The difference
was the number of errors made as a result of the nervousness.
However today we played according to the responsibility that
this match demanded from us. My pupils showed a lot of courage
and they deserve to be in semifinals. Let´s see how far we can
get as we are nearer the world ticket than ever and we will
fight for it.”
Valerin Carabali, Colombian captain: “We are quite happy as we
did our best putting up fight for the victory up to the very
end. It was an intense match as the Mexicans play well, but we
did more and now we will go on doing battle to the end.”
Ricardo Naranjo, Cuban coach of México: “It was a tough match
from the beginning up to the end. My girls did not resist
physically, but they made efforts and our best athlete, Guereca
Parra, did not contribute the usual amount of points which is
normal at this age.
we are happy as we have added international games against rivals
with good height which has helped our team who will fight for
the fifth place. Then we will prepare more on the road to the
Mirelis Valdés, Mexican captain: “We made many errors, but we
are able to correct as right here we qualified to the world
championship. Thus we will prepare more and this experience will
help us to not repeat them.”