Puerto Rico secures ticket to Quarterfinals by beating Mexico
Chiclayo, July 9, 2019.- Puerto Rico secured the qualification
to the quarterfinals of the XVIII Women's Pan American Cup, by
winning 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-9) to Mexico, in the last game of
the fourth day of group B, held at the Coliseo Cerrado in
Paulina Prieto was the best in Puerto Rico with 13 points, 9 in
attack and three in service, and Neira Ortiz was with 9, three
in blocking. Yarenia Gutiérrez and Alejandra Segura were left
with 7 points each for Mexico, which was overcome in attack
21-41, blocking 3-8 and service 2-10, committing 16 errors by 20
of their opponents.
Prieto said that "today we play very well, I think team play
worked, because we all managed to do things well. We enjoyed the
game, Mexico is a good opponent, but we knew how to improve some
situations that were complicating us. Now we are in the other
phase, the game comes against the United States, which is a
stronger team, and I think it will be an intense game "
Sashiko Sanay, captain of Mexico: "Today the team looked much
better, although we did not get the right answers, we did not
lose communication, we always encouraged each other, most of all
the connection between all of them was recovered. We were
confused, why we did not get things, the little things we could
not adjust at the same time. "
José Mieles, coach of Puerto Rico: "I think that even winning we
made many mistakes, especially in the second set, but I am
satisfied because we have come from less to more. We have played
with cargo, we are in preparation for the Pan American Games in
Lima. Tomorrow is the big game of us, we want to be first in
this group stage.
Claudio Torres, coach of Mexico: "The second set was a sign that
if the girls are focused they can play well. The deconcentration
costs us a lot, we are in the fight, very even and suddenly two
or three errors of reception and the game is gone ".
"These teams have to play constantly, they have a lot of
experience and you have to have a good performance to be able to
play them face to face," said Torres.
Puerto Rico will face the United States at 6:00 p.m. in the
Cerrado Coliseum of Chiclayo, to define the first place of the
group and the direct qualifier to the semifinals, while Mexico
and Colombia will play at 4:00 to define the qualifier to the
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