Mexico and Costa Rica to play for fifth place


TIJUANA, Mexico, May 4, 2012 – Mexico saw off Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets (25-13, 25-16, 26-24) and now will play Costa Rica for the fifth place of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament.


Alejandra Isiordia was the best scorer of Mexico with 19 points, including four service winners and one block, while teammate Olivia Meza added 8 points. Kystle Esdelle led Trinidad and Tobago with 18 points and Abigail Gloud followed with eight.


Mexico edged Trinidad and Tobago in blocks 7-6 despite their disadvantage in height but clearly established the difference in the serves category with 10 aces against only two.


Karla Sainz, Captain of Mexico: “We have improved a little. Trinidad and Tobago played well and I think we will be doing things better as time goes by.”


Krystle Esdelle, Captain of Trinidad and Tobago:Mexico could maintain control; we failed in some things like our service and could not make any adjustments and need to be focused in one thing at a time.”


Estanislao Vachino, Coach of México: “The first two sets were very good. They felt a distraction in the third set because they are still young girls. Trinidad and Tobago had five good attacks, this motivated them to play more, but we could change the match again despite the height and physical potency of the Trinidadians.”


Francisco Cruz, Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “I think the team prepared very well for this match, but today another starter in our lineup suffered an injury. We had to invent another lineup. Instead of passing with five players, we passed with two players and when you invent things like that you pay for those mistakes.”