United States beats Mexico in NORCECA pool B
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 9,
States beat Mexico in straight sets 25-8, 25-15, 25-14 in
pool B at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship in
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
United States, No. 2 in the world and already qualified to
Tokyo 2020, improves 2-0 to resume pool B up against
Dominican Republic on Thursday. Pool winner advances
directly in to Saturday’s semifinals while second and third
play crossover in quarterfinals.
The U.S. downed Mexico with huge 47-16 margin in kills and
9-2 in aces; Mexico did better in blocking with 7-5
advantage. United States scored on 14 opponent errors
In the U.S. victory, middle blocker Haleigh Washington
scored a match-high of 11 points with 9 kills and 2 blocks,
joined by opposite Andrea Drews with 9 points on 7 kills and
2 blocks, and outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored
9 points on 6 kills and 3 aces. Andrea Rangel topped Mexico
with 10 points on 8 kills and 2 blocks.
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Haleigh Washington, middle blocker United States: “Speed is
something that we take pride in and in our gym and I think
we really pushed that, it was a good match. We expect to
push our speed up, our good read blocking skills and putting
our service pressure, something U.S. volleyball really tries
to accomplish. We have been enjoying the tournament, we have
cheers for every play, jumping and dancing, it’s a good way
to stay warm and with energy for the match. As a team we
were really good in fill in our roles and personally I like
to bring a fun energy, I was loose and we had a good night.
Against Dominican Republic it will be very competitive; they
are very strong, with great players and heavy hitters, but
us as well; we are all looking forward to it”.
Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of United States: “Our team did a
nice job in taking care of their side of the net again, all
14 of our players. We are keeping everybody fresh and ready
for a match against Dominican Republic tomorrow, they’ve
been in the top 10 of the world for quite a number of years,
they were already good and they are better this year; it
will be a great battle”.
Andrea Rangel, captain of Mexico: “Comparing yesterday’s
match, their serves really struck us, we had difficulties in
setting, which meant not developing our game. We are
bringing young players and as a team there is only learning.
Tomorrow we must beat Trinidad and Tobago to move into
quarterfinals and then reach our next goal of playing the
Gabriela Alarcon, Head Coach of Mexico: “We advanced a lot
from yesterday. We are testing ourselves as a team, we had
little time to prepare and I think we improved the dynamic
of the game, there was more depth, and we had more
initiative. We’re not far from the quarterfinals and if we
keep the rhythm we can win a spot in the Olympic qualifier”