Mexico downs Honduras in their debut at U18 Pan Am Cup
DURANGO, Mexico, May 21, 2019. - Mexico downed Honduras 3-0
(25-14, 25-5, 25-13) in their pool A debut at the fifth U18
Girls’ Pan American Cup at Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango,
The home girls had a splendid debut in the event that grants two
tickets to the age-group FIVB World Championship, using all
their players in the victory over Honduras in 58 minutes.
Mexico won with overwhelming 34-11 margin in attacks, 4-1 in
blocks and crushing 16-0 in serves. They finished with similar
amount of errors; Mexico committed 20 and Honduras with 21.
Mexico’s middle blocker Sofía Maldonado was the only player with
double-figures, scoring 11 points including 2 blocks and 4 aces;
outside hitter Melanie Parra and middle blocker Izabella Ceratti
chipped in with 9 points each. Honduras’ opposite player Rocio
Duron and outside hitter Dazly Duran scored 4 points apiece.
In their next performance, Mexico (1-0) will play against Chile
(0-1), while Honduras (0-1) meets Dominican Republic (1-0).
Mexico’s captain Melanie Parra of sixteen years of age expressed
“most of the team are newcomers in the national team and I think
they were nervous; as the match developed we were more composed.
Our serves today, which I consider one of our weapons, didn’t
work well. My experience helps me to support my team and
motivate them to move forward”.
Head coach of Mexico Ricardo Ponce spoke about giving everyone a
chance to touch court “we had this idea and the game
accommodated well to do so, rotating the players gives stability
and confidence to prepare them for any opponent. What I like the
most was their self-confidence, this was their first
international match except for Melanie; I was surprised with
their energy and their desire to do things well”.
Catarine Leiva Honduras’ head coach said she is not disappointed
“the scores speak for themselves, for their first international
experience, facing the host; they are all young and their first
time playing together, so I think it wasn’t that bad. Yes,
there is a lot to improve but the nerves of the first match have
past and I expect them to go from less to more”.