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
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