Mexico upsets Canada in five-set victory
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, June 14, 2014 – Mexico stunned Canada
winning a thrilling five-setter 27-25, 27-25, 1-25, 14-25, 15-9
in Pool A of the XIII Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on
Saturday at Juan de la Barrera Gymnasium.
The Canadians saw their three-game winning streak come to an end
to the hands of a high-spirited Mexican side. The North
Americans have now a 3-1 record good for second place while the
winners evened up their mark at 2-2.
Andrea Rangel led Mexico with 16 points, followed by Claudia
Rios and Dulce Carranza each with 10 points.
Lisa Barclay had a match-high 21 points in the losing effort.
Brittney Page and Marie-Pier Murray each recorded 14 points
while Marisa Field added 10, with 7 blocks.
“What happened today evidenced our lack of physical condition,”
Mexico’s coach Jorge Azair said. “After the long first and
second sets the girls were very tired and that’s why I decided
to bench some of them in the fourth set and come back with fresh
legs in the fifth.”
“Our plan was to play aggressive and we did that in the first
two sets,” Mexico’s Captain Rangel said. “Then we lost the
concentration but came back hungry and with a lot of desire in
the fifth set.”
Arnd Ludwig, Coach of Canada: “Mexico surprised us with the way
they came out playing in the first two sets. Then my team
elevated its game and they descended. In a fifth set anything
can happen and they came more determined than us.”