Mexico survives four-setter over Chile

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 24, 2022. - Mexico survived a four-set battle 3-1 (25-17, 14-25, 25-22, 25-18) over Chile in pool B of the fourth edition of the Boys’ U19 Pan American Cup.

Mexico is undefeated (2-0) after a tough win against Chile (0-2). Mexico will decide pool B winner against the United States (2-0) on Wednesday when pool-play resumes. First place moves into semifinals and qualifies to the FIVB World Championship.  Chile goes against Costa Rica (0-2).

Mexico recovered from falling in the second set with a 12-8 blocking advantage and a 7-5 margin in serves,  but handing out 27 points from errors. Chile held a 42-34 advantage in attacks and committed 36 unforced errors.

Three players from Mexico scored double figures, led by outside hitter Antonio Vargas with 13 points, alongside middle blocker Diego Hernandez with 12 points and outside hitter Victor Miranda with 11 tallies.

On the Chilean side, also three players led in scores, outside hitters Samuel Munita and Ian Gei with 13 points each and middle blocker Goran Rafaeli chipped in with 11 points.

Antonio Vargas, Top scorer Mexico: “We lost concentration and we got angry in the second set because of our errors; we committed continuous errors from which we weren’t able to recover. On a positive note we won”.

Oscar Viña, Head Coach Mexico: “Chile pushed us serving to our libero in the second set and he couldn’t recover which produced bad passing and therefore we weren’t able to attack. Tomorrow we face United States, I hope my boys limit their errors because they are a strong opponent and I am confident that my team can give a good performance”.