SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, July 2, 2023.- Mexico defeated El Salvador 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) to finish fifth place of the Men’s Volleyball tournament at the twenty fourth Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 on Sunday at the Sports Palace Carlos El Famoso Hernández.
Mexico finished the tournament with a 4-1 win-loss record and fifth place. Host El Salvador ended sixth place, their best historic position in CAC Games with 2-3.
Mexico prevailed with a huge 48 advantage in attacking points against 16. They were also more effective in blocks 8-6 and in points from serves 5-2. El Salvador committed fewer errors than Mexico (14-25).
The only two players that finished with double digits were Mexicans opposite hitter Diego Gonzalez with 13 points on 8 kills, four blocks and one ace, and outside hitter Josué López who scored 10 points on 8 kills and two blocks.
Opposite hitter Gustavo Ortiz led El Salvador with 9 points on 7 kills and two blocks.
Pedro Rangel, Captain of Mexico: “We were mentalized in a different presentation. We had difficulties in technical aspects, and we must analyze what failed, adjust, and improve. We had too many things going wrong, but the team has talent to work with”.
Gabriel Linares, Head Coach of El Salvador: “Mexico was aware that we are a team that battles hard, and they needed to impose their authority; they attacked us with serves and we couldn’t respond. We had a good tournament despite the limitations during the process, we got into the top six in the event, a feat we didn’t have in the past 20 years. Now we must prepare for the Senior Central America Cup”.