Mexico defeated Costa Rica
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado USA (Sept. 28, 2017) – Mexico
defeated Costa Rica 25-19, 25-16, 25-10 on Thursday in a battle
of undefeated teams to conclude the NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship pool play in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mexico (3-0) was sparked by Jorge Barajas’ 14 points from his
outside hitter position, including six aces and three blocks.
Opposite Daniel Vargas added 14 points in the victory. With the
victory, Mexico not only won pool C but also gained a berth
directly into Saturday’s semifinal round with the best point
Costa Rica (2-1) was led by its captain Alberto Blanco, who
contributed eight points. Three other Costa Ricans scored points
during the match, but none with more than four points.
Mexico served 13 aces in the match and did not allow Costa Rica
to serve a single ace. The Mexicans also tallied a 11-3 block
advantage and a 34-15 kill margin in the victory.
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 Jorge Miguel Azair: “In the first set we had some
mistakes, but then in the second set we improved the serve and
improved our other tactics.”
Mexico Captain Pedro Rangel: “This match was more difficult for
us. We thought they were a little more weak, but it was a good
match on their part. It was one that we used for the opportunity
to go directly to the semifinals. We didn’t play very well.”
Costa Rica Coach Juan Acuna: “We trained for the whole year for
this, but today was a very difficult match for us against
Mexico. The Mexican team was better than us in some aspects, but
we managed to do some tactical things that we planned. We hope
to improve, and I think this team can do better because they
train very hard.”
Costa Rica Captain Alberto Blanco: “We got the second place with
the first two victories, but today we wanted to play better.
Mexico had a better block in the second set and a better serve
in the third set. We want to improve on our reception, and if we
have to deal with the tall block like today, we need to improve
on that to hit off the hands.”