TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 20, 2022 – Mexico took a big 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 26-24) win over Canada on Wednesday to secure at least second place in its pool at the Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center.
Mexico (2-1) and Canada (1-2) must wait until Wednesday’s final match between the United States and Peru to find out where they finish in the pool.
Mexico’s offense proved to be the difference as it led in attacks 40-27. The teams tied in aces 8-8 and Canada led in blocks 7-4. Canada held set point in the third set at 24-23, but Mexico scored three straight points for the win.
Mexico outside hitter Michelle Arzate led all scorers with 20 points on 18 spikes and two aces. Outside hitter Ximena Cordero had 10 points and middle blocker Alicia Solis scored eight points including a match-high five aces.
Canada’s team captain and outside hitter Taylor de Boer led her team with 12 points on 12 attacks. Middle blocker Veronica Dickson and outside hitter Abagayle Guezen each had three blocks for Canada.
Luis Bañuelos, coach of Mexico: “Very happy to finish the preliminary phase with a victory against Canada. We did a lot of work and study about them. The third set was complicated. Now we will wait for the quarterfinals hoping for a higher position.”
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: We were pleased with our ability to build throughout the match. By the third set, we were in a place where we would like to be moving forward. We want to build on that and grow throughout the remainder of the tournament.