Mexico secures their place in semifinals
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 16, 2023.- Mexico secured their place
in the NORCECA U19 Boys Pan American Cup semifinals defeating Nicaragua
3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15) in the quarterfinals on Friday in Guatemala.
Mexico maintained comfortable leads in the first and third sets, but
they struggled to recover from a four-point deficit (4-8) in the second
while Nicaragua largely improved with a faster game.
Mexico prevailed 35-19 in kills, 9-4 in blocks and 4-1 in serves, while
committing 24 unforced errors against 27 from Nicaragua.
The only player with double digits was Mexican outside hitter Ines
Vargas with 12 points on 10 kills and two points on serves. Also
contributing to the win were opposite hitter Julio Serrano and outside
hitter Victor Miranda with 7 and 6 points respectively.
Middle blocker Edu Urbina led Nicaragua with 8 points all on kills.
Alfredo Vazquez, libero of Mexico:
“We were overconfident in the second set after a strong first set, it
wasn’t our usual performance, there were confusions and technical errors
on our side. We are closer to the goal of reaching the final and winning
Oscar Viña, head coach of Mexico:
“I made several variations in the second set because I need to know how
my bench players perform, I made five changes; I saw the opportunity to
do it now thinking that our next matches will be more demanding. I was
part of the errors; I take the learning”.
Jorge Mena head coach of Nicaragua:
“The loss against Guatemala discouraged the team and today it was a dull
game. Our goal now is to beat all our opponents and to finish in fifth
place, which isn’t a bad position for us in the tournament”.