Mexico outclass Puerto Rico in semis to reach their second consecutive
U19 Pan Am Cup finals
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 17, 2023.- Mexico outclassed Puerto
Rico 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 31-29) in semifinals to reach their second
consecutive NORCECA U19 Pan American Cup finals in Guatemala.
Mexico managed to advance in the finals with a straight set win after a
highly contested and exciting third set. Puerto Rico took on a one-one
battle at the end, their effort wasn’t enough to extend the actions
Mexico also beat Puerto Rico in last year’s U19 Pan Am Cup semifinals
here in Guatemala but in five sets.
Mexico finished with a 54-41 advantage in attacks, a 3-1 margin in aces
and committed fewer errors (19-21). Puerto Rico held a slim 4-3 margin
Outside hitter Ines Vargas scored an impressive 28 points (26 kills, one
block, one ace) in Mexico’s victory, while Brandon Ramirez contributed
with 18 points (16 kills, one block, one ace).
Team captain Ramon Rosado led Puerto Rico’s offense with 12 points all
José Adame, captain of Mexico:
“This was our goal, to play the final match. We were overconfident in
the third set because the score was too low in the second and Puerto
Rico took a good advantage, in the first two sets they were silent but
in the third they had more energy”.
Oscar Viña, head coach of Mexico:
“It was a dramatic finish, but a strong win because it was only in three
sets. The third set was close and from the start I told the boys not to
relax because we still hadn’t won, Puerto Rico almost won the set and
who knows what would’ve happened.
I am glad to reach the final once again”.