Mexico wins inaugural match at U19 Pan Am Cup

Mexico wins inaugural match at U19 Pan Am Cup

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 23, 2022. - Mexico won the inaugural match of the Boys’ U19 Pan American Cup to Costa Rica 3-0  (25-20, 25-18, 25-15) at Guatemala’s City Dome.

In pool B, Mexico and Costa Rica were the first teams to see action at the qualifying tournament to the FIVB World Championship.

Mexico led 34-22 in attacks and 7-3 in serves, while Costa Rica had a slim 6-5 margin in blocks. Mexico benefited from 29 opponent errors and handed out 22.

Mexican outside hitter Antonio Vargas and opposite hitter Julio Cesar Serrano topped all scorers with 12 points each. Vargas on 10 kills, one block and one ace, while Julio Cesar Serrano led in serves with 4 points. Outside hitter Victor Miranda contributed with 11 points.

On Costa Rica’s side, outside hitter Stanley Grant finished with 9 points, followed by middle blocker David Córdoba with 7 points and outside hitter Kevin Parra with 6 points.

On Tuesday in group B, Costa Rica goes up against United States and Mexico faces Chile. 

José Alejandro Adame, Captain Mexico: “For a first match, we adapted pretty well, the ceiling is really high, the general feel. The math was leveled; Costa Rica surprised us with their high level. We need to improve in serving and receiving”.

David Córdoba, Captain Costa Rica: “We tried to stop Mexico’s strength at the net, we failed in serving, but we did our best; congratulations to Mexico”.

Oscar Viña Guevara, Head Coach Mexico: “At the beginning both teams were nervous, Mexico more, but they gained confidence and took the first set. In the second set they performed just like we’ve been practicing and in the third set my team was overconfident, and that shouldn’t happen”.