Mexico collects second victory at Men’s Pan Am Cup
COLIMA, Mexico, June 17, 2019. - Mexico collects second victory
defeating Peru 3-1 (25-15, 28-26, 21-25, 25-22) at the
fourteenth Men’s Pan American Cup on Monday night at the
Multifunctional Auditorium of Colima, Mexico.
Mexico struggled to come back on track after losing a demanding
second set to Peru’s organized attackers. Mexico keeps their
winning mark (2-0) and will face Puerto Rico (2-0) on Tuesday to
decide pool B top finisher, and Peru (0-2) meets Trinidad and
Mexico excelled against Peru by close margins in spikes (58-51)
and in blocks (9-7), while both teams scored 3 points on aces.
They were also similar in errors, Mexico finished with 27 and
Peru with 29.
Opposite Daniel Vargas led Mexico with 22 points, including 21
kills, while outside hitters Jorge Barajas and Gonzalo Ruiz
contributed with 14 points apiece. Four Peruvian players
finished with double-figures, led by Alvaro Hidalgo (17pts),
Eduardo Romay (14 pts), Daniel Porras (12 pts) and Daniel Urueña
Daniel Vargas, Mexican top scorer: “It was a difficult match, I
believe we had never faced Peru; they are preparing for the Pan
American Games and it shows their hard work. We committed many
errors, keeping focused and concentrated. The more experienced
players tried to gather team and beat Peru”.
Eduardo Romay, captain Peru: “It was hard, Mexico is not an easy
team; it was important to add one set and see what chance we
could have depending on tomorrow’s result. We can’t close
matches, it’s complicated playing at this level and slowly we’ll
be less anxious”.
Jorge Azair, coach Mexico: “Peru pushed hard, they were
structured and have two key players (number 14 and the opposite)
who we weren’t able to contain, especially the opposite. We
adjusted our reception in the fourth set, something that worked
at the beginning, serving to the body and try to read the game
Diego Recavarren, assistant coach Peru: “We had a hard time
getting into the match; we improved in the second set, mostly in
receiving and we harmed Mexico. This helps my team’s growth, we
are going one step at a time and teams have begun to respect