Mexico Aces St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 27, 2012) – Mexico won its
opening 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship match
with a 25-7, 25-10, 25-15 victory over St. Vincent and the
Grenadines on Monday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training
Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mexico, with nine different players scoring, was led by Marco
Rodriguez’s 10 points, while Jesus Perales chipped in nine
points. Irving Gonzalez tallied five aces in the match for
Mexico in a non-starting role.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines was paced by Ijahlon Butler’s
Mexico reached the second technical timeout of the opening set
leading 16-5 and cruised to the 25-7 victory. Mexico controlled
the entire second set with a 25-10 victory ending with
consecutive aces. St. Vincent and the Grenadines pulled to
within two at 10-8 in the third set, but Mexico erupted for a
6-1 run en route to a 25-15 victory.
Mexico’s service kept St. Vincent and the Grenadines out of
system with a 11-2 ace advantage, while also producing a 6-4
block advantage. Mexico limited its errors to 15 and benefited
from 18 St. Vincent and the Grenadines errors.
Mexico resumes Pool A action on Tuesday against Honduras at
13:00, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines will challenge the
host United States at 17:30.
“I thought this was going to be a complicated match as we did
not know our opponent,” Mexico head coach Justo Arias said.
“Plus, we did not arrive until last night and had our first
training here this morning. I thought it would take a while to
get into a rhythm, but fortunately, we caught up in rhythm and
got the job done.”
“We thought it was going to be hard match with our nerves,”
Mexico captain Jonathan Ponce said. “We were able to control the
key moments of the match. In the end, it was a positive result.”
“I think we tried hard, but we did not do our best,” St. Vincent
and the Grenadines captain Ijahlon Butler. “In the next match we
will be better. Tomorrow we play USA, but we believe.”
“I think the guys were a little nervous,” St. Vincent and the
Grenadines head coach Brian Burke said. “I don’t think we did as
well as we could have. We were let down by our blocking and
passing, so we will work in those areas. Tomorrow and in
upcoming games we will get better.”