LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, June 7, 2022.- Mexico claimed their first victory in pool B in the opening day of the Women’s U21 Pan American Cup over Honduras 3-0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-6) at La Paz Arena in Baja California Sur.
Hosts Mexico had a solid performance in the first and third set in their first outing at the qualifier event to the FIVB World Championship subduing Honduras with a huge 45-16 advantage in attacks and 14-3 in serves. Mexico also led by a slim 3-2 margin in blocks and committed fewer errors (10-13) than Honduras.
Outside hitter and team captain Aime Topete scored 18 points in Mexico’s victory, on 13 kills, one block and 4 aces, while outside hitter Katherine Ramirez contributed with 10 points all on kills and Grecia Ung followed with 9 points all on kills.
Opposite hitter Dazly Duran and outside hitter Andrea Aceituno scored 5 points apiece for Honduras.
On the second day of competition in pool B, Mexico (1-0) plays against Chile and Honduras (0-1) has a rest day.
Luis Alberto Leon, Head Coach of Mexico: “I am satisfied with the scores of the first and third sets, as well as the result. We committed too many errors in the second set due to lack of concentration and they made us a lot of points that I hope won’t affect the groups’ result”.
Marvin Mora, Head Coach of Honduras: “We had a good second set because the players took risks and believed in themselves. I always tell my team that we have the right to fail, but not the right to not try. We had a bad last set. Due to our last-minute changes in our line-up, I think it wasn’t that bad, we had some highlights. We will adjust and this is an excellent preparation for the Central American Championship next month”.