TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 18, 2022 – Team USA started fast and didn’t slow down in its 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-12) victory over Mexico on Monday in their first pool play match of the 2022 Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The United States (1-0) will play Canada (1-0) on Tuesday while Mexico (0-1) will face Peru (0-1). All matches are being livestreamed at https://www.ballertv.com/events/2022-norceca-girls-u19-pan-american-cup.
The United States dominated the match in kills (56-16), blocks (10-2) and aces (8-0). Mexico scored on 21 U.S. errors while committing 19.
Every player on the U.S. roster started at least one set. All but libero Laney Choboy scored at least one point. Middle blocker Andi Jackson, who started the second and third sets and was the only player in the match to score in double figures, led the U.S. with 11 points on seven kills, a match-high three aces and one block.
Mexico also got all its players a little court time.
Outside hitter Ximena Cordero led Mexico with five points on five spikes.
USA Head Coach Jamie Morrison: We have some people for whom it was their first time in a USA uniform. It was nice to get some people on the floor and get that experience for everyone in the first match. We’re really treating our matches as an extension of the work that we’ve done with the 20-person preliminary roster. I thought we did a really good job of dialing in some things we have been working on.
Luis Banuelos, coach of Mexico: “It is the first international experience for many of these girls and facing a power like the United States was difficult. In the end we did not lower our heads and fought as best we could. There is a lot to learn from this match.”