Mexico opens Pan Am Cup winning to Trinidad and Tobago
COLIMA, Mexico, June 16, 2019. - Mexico opened the fourteenth
Men’s Pan American Cup winning to Trinidad and Tobago 3-0
(25-19, 25-20, 25-22) on Sunday night at the Multifunctional
Auditorium in Colima, Mexico.
Mexico got off to a good start in pool B leading 41-33 in
spikes, 5-3 in blocks and 6-3 in aces. Both teams finished with
similar amount of errors, Mexico with 22 and Trinidad and Tobago
Opposite Daniel Vargas was Mexico’s top scorer with 11 points on
9 kills and 2 aces; wing spiker Jorge Barajas and middle blocker
Jonathan Martinez collected 8 points apiece. Opposite Ryan
Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago led all scorers with 16 points on
14 kills, one block and one ace, followed by wing spiker Brandon
Legall with 12 points all on kills.
Mexico (1-0) is set to play against Peru (0-1) on Monday and
Trinidad and Tobago (0-1) will face Puerto Rico (1-0).
Pedro Rangel, captain Mexico: “We didn’t find our game, things
got complicated and we could have done much more. We must see
what needs to be improve and move forward; this isn’t Mexico’s
Akim Bushe, captain Trinidad y Tobago: “We came out touchy, we
achieved some of our personal goals and we would have hoped for
a better blocking game. We had some errors and didn’t capitalize
on blocks. It was a very interesting game and unfortunately
there was some miscommunication at the end”.
Jorge Azair, coach Mexico: “We’re not satisfied with our
performance, we committed too many errors in attacks and blocks;
we weren’t in rhythm and the play really high. This is the
beginning, we will get better every day and what’s important is
that we won 3-0”.
Gideon Dickson, coach Trinidad y Tobago: “We showed that we
deserve to be here. It was a good game, a good icebreaker for
us. I think Mexico’s experience got the better of us. The game
could have gone either way, especially from the second set. I am
very proud of my guys and I think there’s a lot more that we can
give and we need to put pressure from the start to Puerto Rico