Mexico moves into NORCECA quarterfinals


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 10, 2019.- Mexico moved into the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship quarterfinal round after beating Trindad and Tobago in straight sets 25-14, 25-7, 25-10 at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Mexico (1-2), third place in pool B, will face the loser between Puerto Rico and Canada in the quarterfinal round. Mexico is aiming to win one of the three spots available for the NORCECA final four Olympic qualifier in January. Trinidad and Tobago (0-3) will play for placing matches.


Mexico managed to control the actions with huge margin in every skill of the game, attacks (37-14), blocks (4-0) and service points (14-3).  Mexico benefited from 20 opponent errors and committed 14.


Mexican Karina Flores with 11 points was the only player with double-digits. Also contributing in Mexico’s first victory, Grecia Castro with 9 points, Maria Fernanda Rodriguez and Sirenia Gomez tallied 8 points apiece. Kiune Fletcher scored 7 points for Trinidad and Tobago.


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Andrea Rangel, captain of Mexico: “Everyone contributed in today’s victory, our coach gave everyone a chance to live the experience to play here and we showed that everyone can do the job to win. In the second set we concentrated better in our game and not fall into our opponent’s rhythm. We are glad to reach our objective and move into the next round and no matter who we face we must use our best weapons, passion and serves”.


Gabriel Alarcón, Head Coach of Mexico: “In this match we were looking to keep our game rhythm, join all the players as a team and that is why everyone played. We are advancing, we set individual goals for each player and we will evaluate their development”.


Shernice De Four, outside hitter of Trinidad and Tobago: “Being a short team we could have played more defense and get a lot more passes, we have the technique and skill but we just couldn’t maximize on it; we had many ups and downs”.


Sean Morrison, Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “In my opinion we did better. We are a young team and Mexico is very experienced. We need to fight more and when we preserve the reception we perform well. We must play more at this level so we can be more competitive in about two years. We must work”.