United States move to quarterfinals at U21 event
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, July 31, 2014 – United States
defeated Mexico 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11) to capture
second place in Pool C and a berth in the quarterfinals of the
NORCECA U21 Men’s Continental Championship at Palacio de los
Deportes on Thursday.
Storm Faagata-Tufuga and Brenden Sander registered 20 and 15
points, respectively, to lead the offensive charts of the
winners. George Pinnerar contributed 9 points in the victory.
Alan Martinez and Ivan Molano were the best Mexican scorers with
13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Americans dominated their opponents in all the offensive
categories and made 30 unforced errors to 33 by the losers. The
winners led in attacks (43-36), blocks (11-7) and serving aces
Sorem Kindem, United States’ Captain: "We played well, with
great energy and attitude. The set we lost helped us to focus
more in the next one. We have a good level and that gives us
Daniel Friend, United States’ Coach: "I'm excited for today's
victory. Mexico had beaten us in the last two tournaments, one
in NORCECA and two years ago in a World Championship, and this
time we won playing much better than yesterday. I am proud of my
Allan Martinez, Mexico’s Captain: "We have a bad taste in our
mouths. We had a big goal that was not achieved. Two years ago
we had the World Championship in Mexico and we prepared during
one year. We hope to do it again. We have a rivalry, as a
'classic', with the United States and this time they won".
Victor Porras, Mexico’s Coach: "There is much work to do, as
there are good things to try to rescue and try to prepare well."