Mexico overpowered Trinidad and Tobago

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, August 26, 2021. - Mexico overpowered Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-10) on opening day of the Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico held an overwhelming 40-11 attacking advantage as well as 15-2 margin in serves was too much for Trinidad and Tobago to react in their first pool B victory. The host also held a 7-2 margin in blocks and Trinidad and Tobago committed fewer errors (13-17).

Three players commanded Mexico’s offense, with top scorer Andrea Rangel with 14 points, leading all serves with 4 points, Samantha Bricio contributed with 12 points including 3 aces and middle blocker Jocelyn Urias chipped in 11 points.

Opposite hitter Krystle Esdelle led Trinidad and Tobago with 7 points.

On day two of the event that grants two tickets to the 2022 FIVB World Championship, Mexico (1-0) faces Costa Rica (0-1) and Trinidad and Tobago (0-1) plays against defending champion Dominican Republic (1-0).

Jocelyn Urías, Captain of Mexico: “We are on the right path, this is a new process and we are highly motivated to compete at home. The connection was just right between our setters and attackers; everything went smoothly, added to our strong serves that were too much for them”.

Rafael Petry, Coach of Mexico: “Giving the first step with a victory in this new Olympic cycle is really important for us. I was satisfied with the girls being focused for most of the time”.

Rayquelle Dixon, Captain of Trinidad and Tobago: “We know each other well and we believe we can build from here just from the experience, we have more to learn; we tried to keep pushing as best as we can”.

Courtnee Mae Clifford, Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “I would have liked to see a lot more, I think in moments we saw we could go up against them; but at the end of it all Mexico is a well prepared team and our respect goes to them. I am still proud of the effort my girls put forward and we look to improve for the next game”.