Mexico’s serves controlled Nicaragua

HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 21, 2022.- Mexico’s huge 14-0 margin in serves controlled Nicaragua 3-0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-9) in their winning debut at the 19th Women’s Pan American Cup on Sunday at the Sonora Arena of Hermosillo.

In addition to Mexico’s strength in serves, their huge 35-10 advantage in attacks and 8-1 margin in blocks dominated Nicaragua in pool B. Mexico committed 17 unforced errors and Nicaragua a total of 18.

Outside hitter Aime Topete of Mexico led all scorers with 13 points on 8 kills and a match-high of 5 serves, joined by middle blocker Karina Flores with 10 points and outside hitter Vanessa Villegas with 8 points.

Nicaragua’s leading scorer was middle blocker Dalia Calero with 4 points.

On Monday Mexico (1-0) plays against Cuba (1-0) while Nicaragua has the day off.

Gonzalez of Mexico preparing to serve against Nicaragua

Aime Topete, top scorer of Mexico: “We did well, it was a good victory. Mexico made its debut winning and I made my debut in the senior national team. The team is prepared for any kind of pressure, I know my teammates and I will do well against stronger opponents. The fans’ support will be crucial for the whole tournament”.

Dalia Calero, top scorer of Nicaragua: “Mexico is a strong team, with players that play overseas. We knew it was going to be difficult. We were looser in the first set, but our receiving fell in the next two because we were pressuring ourselves to perform well. We must improve in reception and blocking. In Central America we have a better level, but here the teams have more reach than us”.