Mexico advances after win over Dominican Republic
September 05, 2019: Mexico advances to the semifinals
Republic 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17) today at the
2019 Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship at the
University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.
By advancing to the semis, Mexico earns a spot in next
January’s Olympic qualifier. Mexico finished 11th
at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
In today’s match, Mexico’s Daniel Vargas was match top
scorer with 23 points; Gonzalo Ruiz also reached double
digits with 15 points.
Dominican captain Henry Omar Tapia contributed 14 points
today, as did teammate Jonathon Mercedes.
Mexico will now play the United States in Friday’s
Mexico, head coach, Jorge Miguel Azair Lopez:
“It was a stressful game. But our goal was to qualify for
the Olympic qualification tournament, so now we can calm
down a bit. We are satisfied.”
#10 captain of team Mexico, Pedro Rangel :
“I think the most important thing for our country was a
chance to qualify for the Olympic qualification tournament.
Tomorrow in the semifinal, it will be a very difficult match
for us – the play will be at a higher level. We’ll prepare
and see what happens tomorrow.”
Dominican Republic, head coach, Jose Alexander Gutierrez:
“It was a difficult match. Our team is very, very young.
Mexico is a great team and they have experience – 80 percent
of that team played in the Olympic Games in 2016. Looking
forward, we have a lot of work to do. Every match for us is
a learning experience. We have improved in reception
compared with last season, and in other parts of the game.
This tournament is good experience for our players.”