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
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
“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.”