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Melanie Parra scored 24 points in Mexico’s victory over Chile

DURANGO, Mexico, May 22, 2019.- Melanie Parra scored a tournament-high so far of 24 points in Mexico’s victory 3-1 (25-12, 15-25, 25-12, 25-17) over Chile in pool A at the U18 Pan American Cup in Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango, Mexico.

Melanie Parra’s outstanding performance scoring 24 points including 18 kills carried the home team Mexico into their second win in a row at the qualifying event that grants two berths to the FIVB World Championship.

The crowd at the Auditorio del Pueblo celebrated Mexico’s unbeaten 2-0 record and is set to play for pool A top spot against Dominican Republic (2-0). Chile (0-2) plays to Honduras (0-2).

Chile surprised Mexico winning the second set with better timing while blocking Mexico’s offense. The highlight of Mexico’s victory was their spectacular recovery from losing set two, standing with a remarkable 20-8 advantage in set three.

Mexico sealed the win with 46-38 margin in kills, 11-7 in blocks and 7-3 in serves; and scoring on 26 opponent errors while committing 18 of their own.

Also contributing in Mexico’s victory was middle blocker Sofia Maldonado with 11 points on 9 kills and 2 blocks. Gabriela Badilla led Chile with 14 points on 12 kills, one block and one ace, along with 10 points by Maria Jesus Muñoz.

Melanie Parra said “at some moment I felt Chile could win the match after losing the second set” she added that her team remained calm “they were able to adjust their serves, which was their best weapon, but we were focused in our receiving and we didn’t let them beat us”.

Ricardo Ponce Head coach of Mexico said that Melanie has surprised everyone with her style “today she proved once more that she’s a great leader”. Besides from her, today we worked with a 13 year old player (Aimé Topete) who stood up very well and dominated every skill. We lost focus en set two after winning the first set with comfortable margin; we committed too many unforced errors, mostly during important rallies, added to the fact that Chile never stopped battling, defending and server well too”.

Chile’s Headcoach Eduardo Guillaume said “my players are inexperienced, our game-level is under that of Mexico and we played in a forced matter. When thing weren’t going our way, we were lost on the court. What’s positive is that we played more by the center, we are improving one step at a time in reception and our opponent don’t score that often, we must continue to work”.