Mexico make its debut in straight sets win over Colombia


TIJUANA, Mexico, August 11, 2014 — México came from behind in the thir set to win 25-20, 25-20 and 26-24 against Colombia. Daniel Vargas was the top scorer for Mexico with a total of 13 points, while Carlos Guerra, Samuel Cordova and Tomas Aguilera finished with 10 apiece.


Mexico got into the High Performance Court with two of its legendary international players Carlos Guerra and Gustavo Meyer. The locals dominated in the first two sets, until Colombia recovered and achieved a six points advantage in the third, guided by their captain Alexander Moreno, who closed with who finished with a total of 12 units and Andres Piza closed with 9.


Blocking game was lightly superior by Colombia with an 8-7 points advantage. However the host team made a whole difference with an effective setting and defending strategy with the Rangel Brothers, Pedro and Jesus, combined with a good defensive game and a 26-22 advantage in oppoent errors.


Despite this defeat, Colombia’s coach, Daniel Moine said: “It’s a good tournament for us, and a good opportunity, our goal was to be in every cup posible, and we are trying to do that because we are improving our position in the South American ranking.”


“We paid our lack of experience in the third set. There is also a lack of regularity, and I think we dominated in the third set. Mexico has a solid basis and experience, they have already played in a World League and know each other in their team,” Moreno Stated.


For coach Sergio Hernandez, opening with a win was important but struggled a little bit in the third set. “We suffered a Little, but fortunately the changes we made did work and helped us to get into rhythm and the team’s game to go on,” He said.


Mexican captain, Jorge Quiñones felt satisfied for team’s attitude. “We fought every ball until the end, that is something characteristic of the team and we are getting into a rhythm as we get closer to the World Championship. Our coach is testing players and wants to see everybody. That is part of our development in route to the Championship in Poland”, Quinones exposed.