NOGALES, Sonora, June 19, 2022.- Mexico
qualified to the 2023 FIVB Challenger Cup
winning the NORCECA Women’s Final Four defeating
Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) on Sunday
at Nogales, Sonora.
Mexico concluded the event with a perfect 3-0
record and 15 points, Cuba (2-1) finished in
second place with 10 points and Puerto Rico
(1-2) third place with 5 points.
Mexico held a 38-33 advantage in kills, a 9-7
margin in blocks and a slim 2-1 in serves.
Mexico scored on 26 errors of Puerto Rico and
handed out 19.
Middle blocker Karina Flores led Mexico’s
offensive with 14 points, leading with 6 blocks,
followed by outside hitter Samantha Bricio with
10 points and outside hitter Sofía Maldonado
added 9 points.
Two players scored double-digits for Puerto
Rico, outside hitter and team captain Sofía
Victoria with 14 points and outside hitter
Valeria Vazquez with 11 points.
Karina Flores, Top scorer of Mexico:
“At the beginning we were measuring the ground,
on hold and that’s why it was a bit slow. We
adjusted, started the race and won. Our coach
has a clear objective and has coached us well in
winning. The Challenger Cup is a great challenge
and we will be committed to prepare ourselves.
Mexico’s strength was team work”.
Rafael Petry, Head Coach of Mexico:
“The team reached the objective, they are
starting to compete at a higher level and not
only participating. They worked under pressure
because it was practically a final, it’s good
for them to do so and reach the result. We will
continue with serious work to compete at the
Challenger Cup and not go only to participate”.