Mexico earns last
ticket to Lima finishing fifth at Pan Am Cup
CORDOBA, Mexico, September 2,
2018.- Mexico earned the last ticket available to the 2019 Lima
Pan American Games while finishing fifth place at the Men’s Pan
American Cup over Canada 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) at the
Arena Cordoba in Cordoba, Mexico.
The host Mexico jumped to an
early lead in set one with strong serves. Canada recovered well,
slowing down Mexico, still losing set two but pocketing set
three with spectacular defense. Finally, Mexico got back on
track benefiting from Canada’s inconsistency and finished
scoring on 41 opponent errors.
Canada led in spikes 44-43 and
in blocks 9-5, while Mexico led 6-5 in aces. Mexico limited
their errors to 22.
Opposite player Daniel Vargas
led Mexico with 18 points, with 15 kills included, and joined by
wing spiker Jorge Barajas with 14 points on kills and setter
Pedro Rangel adding 11 points. Canada’s leading attackers were
wing spiker Blake Scheerhoorn with 17 points, including 14 kills
and 2 aces, and opposite Terrel Bramwell chipped in with 11
Mexican captain Pedro Rangel
said his team was really motivated “we knew the importance of
this match and the team performed more united than ever. Canada
played strong too and that’s why it was a close match. I want to
thank the support of the fans here in Cordoba”.
“Canada has tough blocking and
my boys were very disciplined tactically speaking, moving
forward with serves and counterattacks. Now we will study the
results, some of our players are going abroad to play with their
clubs and we will continue to work with younger categories” said
Jorge Azair coach of Mexico.
Captain James Walsh of Canada
said “we need to improve in every skill, have more consistency
in serve, pass, set, spike, dig and block. Mexico played a
really good match, we give credit to them and the crowd here was
awesome, it was fun to play here”.