TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 20, 2022 – Mexico
took a big 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 26-24) win over
Canada on Wednesday to secure at least second
place in its pool at the Girls U19 Pan American
Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center.
Mexico (2-1) and Canada (1-2) must wait until
Wednesday’s final match between the United
States and Peru to find out where they finish in
Mexico’s offense proved to be the difference as
it led in attacks 40-27. The teams tied in aces
8-8 and Canada led in blocks 7-4. Canada held
set point in the third set at 24-23, but Mexico
scored three straight points for the win.
Mexico outside hitter Michelle Arzate led all
scorers with 20 points on 18 spikes and two
aces. Outside hitter Ximena Cordero had 10
points and middle blocker Alicia Solis scored
eight points including a match-high five aces.
Canada’s team captain and outside hitter Taylor
de Boer led her team with 12 points on 12
attacks. Middle blocker Veronica Dickson and
outside hitter Abagayle Guezen each had three
blocks for Canada.
Luis Bañuelos, coach of Mexico: “Very happy to
finish the preliminary phase with a victory
against Canada. We did a lot of work and study
about them. The third set was complicated. Now
we will wait for the quarterfinals hoping for a
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: We were pleased
with our ability to build throughout the match.
By the third set, we were in a place where we
would like to be moving forward. We want to
build on that and grow throughout the remainder
of the tournament.