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Mexico in qualifying position at Group C

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, October 14, 2017. - Mexico blanked Dominica in straight sets 25-7, 25-13, 25-7 to secure them in qualifying position at NORCECA Group C Women’s qualifier at the National Cycling Centre in Trinidad & Tobago.

Mexico is unbeaten with 2-0 win-loss record to stand in a comfortable position to qualify to Japan’s 2018 Women’s FIVB World Championship. Mexico pocketed their second victory without complications. In set two Dominica scored some interesting points keeping Mexico on their toes.

Mexico prevailed over Dominica in 54 minutes on 38-7 margin in attacks, 10-1 in aces and 4-2 on blocks, scoring on 23 opponent errors and committing 17 of their own.

Leading scorers for Mexico were Melanie Parra with 16 points, while Andrea Maldonado, Dulce Carranza and Xitlali Herrera contributed with 9 points apiece. Shari Pascal scored three points for Dominica.

Carolina Carranza, Mexican player: “We are glad, we came here to win. Today’s match gave a chance to all our team to perform. This is an important step; the team is solid to put up a fight to the home team”.

Ricardo Naranjo, Head Coach of Mexico: “Happy, our main goal is to qualifying to the world championship and I consider we are very close on doing so. I believe things were easy for us, our younger players had the opportunity to perform and get into better shape for senior level; adding that they will need more responsibility to work hard for next year”.

Ana Xavier, Captain of Dominica: “In set two the team decided to go all out, we got out of the nerves and put everything into place we don’t have anything to lose. Hopefully we may perform like that tomorrow”.

Albert Loblack, Head Coach of Dominica: “In set two we had a better rhythm but the girls got distracted and started playing lazy. It all comes down to having an adequate preparation, we are not there; it requires much more from us to be in a final stage of a world qualifier. This is a whole learning exercise for us; we can go back and make an effort to change to taller, stronger players, among other things”.