HAVANA, Cuba, October 5, 2022.- Mexico dominated
Chile 3-1 (25-13, 15-25, 26-24, 25-21) and has
two victories against one loss to keep their
hopes in advancing to the next round of the
Men’s U21 Pan American Cup, on the third day at
Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.
Pool A has yet to be decided because the match
between United States and Chile will take place
until Thursday, which couldn’t be held on Monday
due to flight delays from both teams due to this
city’s weather conditions.
Mexico and Chile concluded today with similar
numbers, but with advantage for the winners in a
match that lasted over an hour. The differences
were in attacks 45-40, blocks 9-10 and from
their own errors 27-31.
Leading Mexican scorer and of the match was
outside hitter Leonardo Maldonado (17), followed
by middle blocker Diego Esquivel (10). For
Chile, with double digits was Antar Derpich (12)
and outside hitters Josué Ruiz and Rafael
Fuentes, both with 10 points.
Jorge Alberto Romero, Mexico’s head coach
opinion “the game was going to be hard, Chile
had nothing to lose, they aren’t looking to
qualify for worlds, and we couldn’t take any
chances, but the over confidence came when we
won the first set easily, we thought the next
were going to be the same and they weren’t.
Chile has always been a hot team like Mexico,
and it was difficult to control the same way to
play like ours, nevertheless I am glad despite
the complexity of the match because the boys
reacted well to the instructions”.
Mexican outside hitter Ramón Eduardo González
considered that “both teams are good, at the
beginning it was easy, and we were too
confident, they instead of giving up pressed
harder, but we were able to work as a team and
thanks to that we finished with the victory”.
Chilean head coach Ivan Villarreal said “we
faced a completely different opponent, with
level and that showed good aspects in their
game. We had difficulties with their serves that
on occasions we couldn’t control, but it was
clear when we established our plan, we also
executed it. That third set could have gone
“I esteem our capacity to manage many aspects of
the game that Mexico made harder for us,
standing that pressure is marvelous because we
came to develop, gain experience and today we
couldn’t win, but tomorrow against the United
States we will have the same illusion to win,
there is always a rematch”.