Mexico qualifies to FIVB WCH winning U18 Pan Am Bronze
DURANGO, Mexico, May 26, 2019.- Mexico
qualified to FIVB age-group World Championship winning the
Girls’ U18 Pan American Bronze medal match to Chile 3-1 (25-21,
25-27, 25-21, 25-15) at Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango, Mexico.
Mexico qualifies to its third consecutive FIVB World
Championship, winning their second Pan Am medal, they won silver
Mexico won the first set with calculated moves, remaining
focused and keeping Chile under control with Marian Ovalle and
Melanie Parra leading the pack. Chile evened the score trailing
on a four-point deficit (16-20) to win the set not before losing
two set points to Melanie Parra. Chile’s scorers were patient
coming from behind (11-16) thru middle blockers Elisa Sandrock
and Constanza Silva along with Maria Jesus on the side; but
Mexico bounced back 2-1 moving into set four with spectacular
13-5 lead on a combination of attacks and Chilean errors.
The home girls held advantage 65-45 in spikes, 9-6 in blocks, a
slim 5-4 in aces and scored on 22 opponent errors and committing
29 of their own.
Melanie Parra once again led Mexico on a match-high of 26 points
on 23 kills and 3 blocks, opposite player Marian Ovalle joined
in with 20 points including 18 kills and middle blocker Sofia
Maldonado alongside Grecia Ung contributed with 10 points each.
Maria Jesus Muñoz topped Chile with 14 points on 13 kills and
one ace, followed by middle blocker Elisa Sandrock also with 14
points, outside hitter Ignacia Badilla added 12 points and
middle blocker Constanza Silva tallied 10 points.
“We were really nervous, we wanted to win so hard and thank God
we qualified to the World Championship” said Mexican captain
Melanie Parra. She added that the team wasn’t that strong “Chile
is a difficult team, they could have won and we wouldn’t have
reached our objective”.
Ricardo Ponce, Mexico’s coach said “this is a team effort, the
whole team worked, everyone chipped in and the bench players
were an important factor in today’s result. Before preparing for
the World Championship, there are some competitions to go: 90%
of the team plays the national championship, we have our
national Olympics, then the U20 World Championship here in
Mexico; all of this will help us to scout new players who may be
included to improve our team and go to Egypt in better