CALI, Colombia, November 26, 2021. - Mexico
debuts with a straight set 3-0 (25-22, 25-20,
25-17) victory over Chile at the men's
volleyball tournament of the Junior Pan American
Games Cali-Valle 2021 that started on Friday at
the Evangelista Mora Coliseum.
Mexico had a strong beginning in pool B,
prevailing over Chile with a huge 42-27
advantage in kills, 11-2 in blocks and 4-2 in
service points, but allowing more points (28-18)
from unforced errors than Chile.
Opposite hitter and captain Diego González
scored 15 points as Mexico’s top scorer,
followed by middle blocker Victor Parra with 14
points, including the most blocks with 5 points
and outside hitter Isaias Aguirre contributed
with 13 points. On Chile’s side, outside hitter
Vicente Ibarra led with 10 points.
On day two of competition, Chile (0-1) will face
Brazil (1-0) and Mexico (1-0) goes up against
Dominican Republic (0-1).
Diego González, captain of Mexico: “At
the beginning we lacked concentration, we needed
to get into rhythm, but it’s part of adapting to
a new court and starting a tournament, we are
glad with the victory. I believe our process has
been longer, we have more than eight months
practicing and it showed on the court, we
managed to control the game”.
Jorge Azair, head coach of Mexico: “Al
beginnings are difficult, but we are more at
ease because we were too anxious and we weren’t
connecting with our side out; when we got
settled we controlled our serves. Chile is a
well-structured team and it’s important to start
well. This match showed us that our boys
shouldn’t lose concentration”.
Vicente Mardones, captain of Chile: “We
were really nervous, we committed too many
mistakes and each beginning of sets we had
difficulties in getting in the game. The closing
of the two first sets by a small difference had
an effect on us. Mexico’s serves were too strong
and we know what to improve”.
Daniel Nejamkin, head coach of Chile: “We
are glad to be in this great sports party. We
accomplished our goal of giving practice to
young players, the reason for being here. From a
technical point of view, we lost because there
was a great difference between our reception and