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
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
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