Mexico blocks Venezuela all the way
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 30, 2018.- Mexico beat Venezuela
3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18) with impressive 18 -6 blocking
margin in the men’s volleyball tournament at the 2018
Barranquilla XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games.
Mexico earned a second important victory in pool A waiting for
the result between Cuba and Dominican Republic to determine
their final pool position and quarterfinal crossover. Both teams
were cautious as the match developed with a slower rhythm as
they normally perform.
Despite Venezuela’s dominance in the second set to even the
actions, Mexico’s effective blocking in set four astonished
Venezuela, scoring seven consecutive blocking points while
Venezuela led by slim 17-16 score. Mexico finished with 18-6
Venezuela led in the other skills, with 51-46 advantage in
spikes and 6-5 in aces. Mexico allowed 21 points on errors and
Mexico and Venezuela used a balanced scoring offense. Opposite
Daniel Vargas scored 18 points for Mexico, accompanied by wing
spikers Gonzalo Ruiz and Jorge Barajas with 11 points apiece;
middle blocker Jose Martinez chipped in with 10 points.
Venezuela was led by opposite Emerson Rodriguez with 15 points,
wing spikers Ronald Fayola and Willner Rivas who tallied 13
points each and by middle blocker Jose Verdi with 11 points.
Mexican captain Pedro Rangel said they started the first set
well “we were strong at the beginning but things got out of
reach in set two with Venezuela’s powerful serves, affecting our
attack. We managed to block pretty well, we knew where they were
going to attack and we shut the doors. Our blocking mad the
difference, even if it’s not that tall”.
Jorge Azair, head coach of Mexico indicated, “we left the
unforced errors committed in set two aside and our blocking
worked out. We calmed down, pressured with serves so we could
organize better and structure our blocking. Both teams played
under pressure because the result puts us in a better position
to play in quarterfinals against third place in group B.
Fortunately we won and the tournament continues strong, this
pool is the toughest”.
“There was a lot of pressure during the game” said Venezuelan
captain Jose Cruz, “it was a good match, good volleyball and a
good spectacle. In the beginning it was very tight but we failed
in small details. Unfortunately this wasn’t the result we were
expecting, but we aren’t eliminated; we will wait for the result
of Cuba and Dominican Republic, and the one between Colombia and
Puerto Rico as well”.