Mexico Squeezes Past Trinidad & Tobago


Long Beach, California, May 8, 2012 – Mexico moved to 2-0 in Pool A in the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament by defeating Trinidad & Tobago 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Tuesday at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. Dominican Republic falls to 0-2 in the tournament.


Gerardo Contreras and Carlos Guerra contributed 20 points each in leading Mexico to victory. Trinidad & Tobago was paced by Ryan Stewart’s 17 points and Nolan Tash added 16 points.


Mexico held a 59-45 advantage in attack points and 9-5 in blocks, while Trinidad & Tobago’s serve netted an 8-4 service ace margin.


Mexico concludes Pool A on Wednesday against United States at 20:00, while Trinidad & Tobago faces Costa Rica at 15:00.


“We’ve got to be happy with the win, but we cannot be happy with the way we played,” Mexico’s Gerardo Contreras said. “Trinidad & Tobago played a good match. They were inspired.”


“Since we saw them last year, Trinidad & Tobago has improved a lot,” Mexico Coach Jorge Miguel Azair said. “We made a lot of mistakes in reception. It’s a win, and we’re looking ahead to tomorrow.”


“It’s been six years since we won one set from Mexico,” Trinidad & Tobago Coach Gideon Dickson said. “Our goal is to be competitive each day. Mexico had experience and poise during crucial parts of the game and that was the difference.”