Rico wins crucial match against Mexico in NORCECA B
PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba, November 10, 2017 - Puerto Rico defeated
Mexico 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-21) in a decisive clash that opened
the NORCECA World Qualifying Tournament Group B at 19th
of November Hall in this provincial capital located at the west
of the island.
The Puerto Ricans were superior and did not let the opponents to
steal the initiative at any time moving one step away from
winning one of the two remaining spots to complete the 24 teams
that will animate the FIVB World Championship in Bulgaria and
Italy next year.
Jean Carlos Ortiz and Ezequiel Sanchez each scored 15 points for
the winners while Danie Vargas had 16 as the best from Mexico.
Puerto Rico outscored Mexico in blocks (8-3) and aces (8-2).
They held a slight margin in attacks 33-32 and made lesser
The technical director of Puerto Rico, Ramón Hernández,
expressed his joy over the outcome. "Our goal is to classify and
it would be nice to win tomorrow and reach the final match
against Cuba both undefeated, but nothing is certain, we must
maintain the focus. However I am happy because we executed the
plan against Mexico perfectly, plus the courage, the
determination and the desire were key to victory."
Ángel Pérez, captain of the Puerto Ricans, considered they were
better in serve and reception, and that was the big difference,
and they expect tomorrow to make an effort because they should
not disrespect Guatemala.
“Modern volleyball is like that, the team that can press more
with the service and be more effective when receiving, that's
when you come to victory, and that we did, we put our opponents
in difficulty, the setter could not put the game together as
they would have wanted and on the contrary, we received better
and the offensive flowed".
Jorge Miguel Azair, coach of Mexico, said that "it was a very
bad game from us, we did not do it as it should in these games,
on the contrary, with insecurity, and that killed us, we started
dubious in the attack and did not produce in the first set, and
from there we lost confidence, in the end we could not retake
"I do not know if the trip of the three that came from Europe
affected their performance, but that does not count anymore and
the reality is that we did not play well, Puerto Rico won and I
His captain, Pedro Rangel said "it was very difficult for the
team to catch our rhythm, we fought too much to achieve it at
the level we are playing, but it was clear that the opponents
played much better than us, it took us a long time to score
points and they knew how to attack with his service and entangle