Mexico qualify to FIVB U18 World Championship, win bronze medal
against Puerto Rico at Norceca U18
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 11, 2012 — Mexico qualified to the FIVB
Women’s U18 World Championship after winning over Puerto Rico in
five sets (25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-13) for the bronze
medal at the Norceca Continental Championship.
Fernanda Guitron had a match high of 18 points; Jocelyn Urias
scored 17 and Fernanda Bañuelos 13, while Melissa Romero and
Diana Valdez scored 12 apiece on the Mexican side.
Bañuelos and Romero registered four aces apiece, while Urias who
had struggled against Dominican Republic in the semifinal, was
also the leading blocker with six points converted.
For Puerto Rico, Genesis Miranda was the leading scorer with 19
points, followed by Jocelyn Kuilan with 18 and Julymar Otero
with 17. “Mexico played at a very good level, we also did it in
a great match unfortunatelly we fell short,” said Puerto Rican
captain Wilmarie Rivera.
“It was not easy, but I am so proud of my team and my teammates,
we sacrified a lot of things for this tournament. We showed
attitude and heart on the court,” Mexican captain Ivonne
For Puerto Rico’s coach, Victor Vázquez “Mexico had a stabilized
game and we had some problems to close the points that were key
in this match and Mexico took advantage of it,” he said.
“I am glad to achieve this goal, we qualified to the World
Championship,” said Mexico’s coach Estanislao Vachino. “I didn’t
want a five sets match, but we had to play it with some ups and
downs. It was very balanced anybody could win but fortunatelly
the luck was on our side and was decided by a loose ball”.
Mexico became the third team to qualify to the FIVB World
Championship in this category. The championship will be played
in Thailand in 2013. The other two teams already qualified are
Dominican Republic and USA, that played for the gold medal.