TULSA, Oklahoma, July 23, 2022 – Mexico grabbed
the final berth to the 2023 U19 FIVB World
Championship with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18)
win over Canada on Saturday at the 2022 Pan
American Cup at the Cox Business Convention
Center in Tulsa.
Mexico (4-2) finished the tournament in fifth
Mexico led in spikes (34-27) and aces (11-6).
Canada (2-4) led in blocks (7-3) but gave up 27
points on scoring errors while Mexico gave up
Mexico outside hitter Michelle Arzate led all
scorers with 12 points on a match-high 10 spikes
and two aces. Opposite Luz Solano added 11
points on eight attacks, one block and two aces.
Outside hitter Ximena Cordero totaled 10 points
on seven spikes and a match-high three aces.
Canada’s scoring was led by outside hitter
Abagayle Guezen who scored 10 points on six
attacks and two blocks. Setter Kaiya Tyson had a
match-high three blocks.
Luis Banuelos, coach of Mexico: We are very
happy to have achieved the main goal, which was
a pass to the World Championship. We know that
we still have a lot to work on, a lot to analyze
this entire tournament. But this is a time to
celebrate together with the girls, together with
our families and all of Mexico. Very happy with
the pass to the World Championship.
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: Obviously it’s
painful to not come away with a win tonight and
a berth to the world championships. I definitely
feel for the athletes who committed to the
process and did a lot of learning over the week.
I think it’s a really good step for them and for
the program for our young athletes to have this
experience in their developmental pathway. It’s
good for our senior national team program to
have athletes coming in that have been in these