Mexico cruises to victory over Martinique
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado USA (Sept. 27, 2017) – Mexico swept
Martinique 25-11, 25-15, 25-12 on Wednesday during the second
day of competition at the 2017 NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mexico outside hitter Jorge Barajas led his team with 12 points,
while opposite Daniel Vargas and middle blocker Gabriel Cruz
Mendoza each turned in eight points.
Martinique opposite Gregory Alpha scored six points to lead his
team and outside hitter Rodrigue Larcher added five points.
Mexico dominated the service line and net with a 10-1 block
advantage and 8-3 margin in aces. Mexico held a 35-20 advantage
Mexico (2-0) concludes Pool C on Thursday Costa Rica (2-0) at 7
p.m. MT, while Martinique (0-2) plays St. Vincent & and the
Grenadines (0-2) at 5 p.m. MT.
The NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship is a qualification
tournament into the 2018 FIVB World Championship. The top three
teams in the 10-team field earn berths into the World
Championship, while the top two teams in a second NORCECA
qualifier held later this fall round out NORCECA’s five
vacancies into the world event.
Mexico Coach Juan Acuna: “We still have one more game, and we
will see tomorrow if we can classify to finals. Martinique was
attacking very well from time to time, and sometimes they were
very motivated so they won some points. But our attack and block
were very good tonight.”
Mexico Captain Alberto Blanco: “I think today we played better
today against this team. Martinique had a higher level today
than yesterday. At times, they played at a higher level and
sometimes they played very well. We need more focus for the
game, sometimes we relaxed during the game. Tomorrow is very
important against Costa Rica. We want to qualify directly to the
semifinals. Costa Rica plays much like Martinique and St.
Vincent, but will be a tough match.”
Martinique Coach Eddy Erialc: “According to our preparation, we
were better than yesterday. But the physical difference made the
difference in the game. We need to win no matter what tomorrow
(against St. Vincent). Good passing will make the difference in
Martinique Captain David Lefaivre: “The Mexican team has a much
higher level of play than ours, so we tried to improve some
details. But their level, we couldn’t do anything. Today we
changed our tactics exactly to prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s
match. Now we just need to give everything we can to win