Mexico lose against USA, qualify in second place to
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 8, 2012 —Mexico lost against the United
States in the last preliminary round match to define the leader
of Pool A. USA won in straight sets 25-14, 25-12, 25-17.
Carli Snyder and Simone Lee were the top scorers for the
American team with 14 points apiece. Mexico’s leading scorer was
Fernanda Guitron with 7.
“We knew from the beginning that USA was not going to be an easy
opponent, but this will help us as a preparation to go on for
our next matches. We did not communicate betwen us very well,
por we can improve it,” said Mexican captain Ivonne Martinez.
“We did not play maybe because we felt respect or were afraid
of the rival. You can’t do that. This kind of teams with maybe
or maybe not on the same technical level as you thinks
different. Has another mentality, a mentality to win and
classify we didn’t showed that,” said coach Estanislao Vachino
“Tonight’s match was a really hard battle, we came here to
execute our game plan. There was a lot of long rallies we pushed
through. I am really proud of the team. We played very hard,”
USA captain Taylor Tashima indicated.
For coach Reed Sunahara this victory gave an extra day to
prepare for the semifinals. “Mexico played well and we did a
nice job as a team coming together, This is the best we’ve
played so far up to this tournament. Hopefully we can improve
and get better as we progress”.
The quarterfinals will be played this thursday. Puerto Rico,
second place of Pool B, will match Guatemala, third of Pool A.
In the other match, Trinidad and Tobago, third in Pool B, will
play against the second place of Pool A, Mexico, that lost
against USA. The American team qualified to the semifinal as
well as Dominican Republic, after finishing the preliminary
round on top of their Pools.