Mexico beat Peru for seventh place at Lima 2019


LIMA, Peru, August 3, 2019.-  Mexico beat Peru 3-1 (27-25, 26-24, 25-27, 25-13) to finish seventh place at the eighteenth Lima 2019 Pan American Games at the Multisport Complex El Callao of Lima, Peru.


Mexico found their way to outplay host Peru up to set four with a comfortable scoring margin to finish their Pan American Games campaign with 1-3 win-loss record.


Mexico held 59-50 margin in attacks and a slim 5-4 advantage in aces, while both teams scored 13 points on blocks. Mexico committed 22 unforced errors against 26 by Peru.


Opposite player Daniel Vargas of Mexico scored a match-high of 25 points including 22 kills and 2 aces. Outside hitter Jorge Barajas added 17 points to Mexico’s victory, while middle blocker Jonathan Martinez and outside hitter Gonzalo Ruiz tallied 11 and 10 points accordingly. Middle blocker Alvaro Urueña and opposite Eduardo Romay scored 20 points apiece in Peru’s loss.




Jesus Rangel, libero of Mexico: “This was a bad competition for us; we worked for over two months to obtain a better result. Against Brazil it wasn’t that bad United States was able to control the match and things got complicated against Chile. In these short tournaments you must perform well in every match”.


Jorge Azair, Head coach of Mexico: “The balance of the Games is bad for us, our expectations were higher and the group came well prepared. I am taking the good moments facing Brazil, Chile and USA; we must keep on working in what went wrong”.


Eduardo Romay, captain of Peru: “We end a special competition at home, showing how much the team has grown. There were nice things in this match against Mexico, an Olympic team and recent bronze medalist in the Pan Am Cup, it is really satisfying. Unfortunately because we lack experience, it is hard to keep our advantage during the games”.


Juan Carlos Gala, Head coach of Peru: “Our team is young but they played like they were more experienced against superior teams, we’ve been working thinking in our future and not only for the Pan American Games. Technically the team performed well but we need more character to close in crucial moments during the game. We looked well against Mexico and generally speaking we are pleased”.