Mexico to play for place in Italy
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 19, 2014 - Mexico will play for a
ticket to the Women’s World Volleyball Championships after they
trounced Nicaragua 25-15, 25-14, 25-19 Saturday night at Sport &
Physical Education Centre of the St Augustine Campus of the
University of the West Indies.
Mexico will meet Trinidad and Tobago in the final match of the
NORCECA playoff tournament on Sunday night and the winner will
secure the 24th and final spot in the World
Championships in Italy from September 23-October 12.
The hosts have won their three matches to date in this
round-robin competition in straight sets and Mexico joined them
on Saturday with their third straight-set triumph.
Skipper Andrea Rangel and Claudia Rios led the way with 13
points apiece, while Dulce Carranza and Lizbeth Sainz
contributed 11 points each to the Mexican cause.
Only captain Claudia Noguera Mayorga (10) scored in double
figures for her team in the match, which lasted just over an
The winners completely dominated in spikes (41-23), blocked
shots (14-1) and service winners (7-1) and also committed less
unforced errors (13-20) than their opponents.
Nicaragua’s coach Rene Quintana stated: “We tried our best. It
is very difficult to play against Mexico. They are strong in
blocking and attacking and almost perfect in reception.”
The Nicaraguans have one victory from three matches and Quintana
is looking to end the tournament on a high note by upsetting
Costa Rica on Sunday.
“Tonight’s match was important, but tomorrow we have to play
with heart and soul to qualify,” said Mexican coach Miguel Jorge
Azair, who concluded that “we will win” against Trinidad and