Mexico outclass Canada to make into quarterfinals

HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 25, 2022.- Host Mexico outclassed Canada in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) to finish second in pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup at the Sonora Arena in Hermosillo.

Mexico, with an 3-1 overall record in the preliminary round, will face Puerto Rico in quarterfinals; Cuba, third place (2-2) goes up against the U.S. in the other quarterfinal match. Canada will play for classification matches for positions 7 to 10 starting against Peru.

Mexico led in attacks 35-30 and committed 16 errors against 32. Canada led by a huge 10-4 advantage in serves and a slim 5-4 margin in blocks.

Outside hitter Samantha Bricio once again led Mexico on a match-high of 12 points on 10 kills and two aces and Aime Topete tallied 11 points on 8 kills, two blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Karina Flores contributed with 8 points.

Canadian opposite hitter Sydney Grills scored 10 points from 6 kills and four aces, while outside hitter and team captain Melissa Langegger chipped in with 8 points.

Samantha Bricio of Mexico spikes high over Canada

Rafael Petry, head coach of México: “We earned an important victory, we struggled in receiving, a match that had ups and downs from both sides because of the responsibility of the result. Now we must think about our next game, rest; I believe Mexico will put up a fight against Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals”.

Jocelyn Urías, captain of Mexico: “The moments we lost focus complicated the dramatic finish of the match, but we solved quickly executing the elements of play, attacking with strength to overcome Canada that pressured with serves”.

Carolyn O’Dwyer, head coach of Canada: “It is a tough loss, we need to be more consistent in executing and limit the number of errors”.