The Mexico Six reached the semi-finals of the U-19 Women’s Pan American Cup in Norcia on Friday with a dramatic five-set win over Canada (23-25, 25-17, 29-27, 23-25, 15-12). ) at the event held at Dolores “Toyita” Martínez Coliseum, in Juana Diaz.
Mexico will take on Puerto Rico tonight to determine one of the two tickets to the final, in a match set to begin at 8:00 p.m.
Canada, meanwhile, will play positions five through eight.
Mexico and Canada put in a great show, in a battle full of ups and downs. In Group Three, Canada initially fell down two set points and Mexico prevailed, 29–27, in what was the highest scoring score yet in the tournament. In the fourth set, the six-point Mexican team recovered from a seven-point deficit (6-16) before falling behind in the fourth, forcing a tiebreaker.
Canada lost to Mexico despite leading in nails 62-52 and finishing with a wide margin of 20-12 in the blocks, but gave up 47 points on errors for 23. Mexico was better on the serve line, 4-1.
Three players scored a double for Mexico. Amy Tobit led with 15 points on 12 kills, and Luz Solano and Ximena Cordero each contributed 14 points. Solano (nine attacks, five blocks) and Cordero (11 attacks, two blocks, one ace).
Canadian team captain Taylor de Boer scored a tournament record 33 points on 25 kills and 8 blocks. Trinity Shadd-Ceres contributed 16 points on 11 kills and five blocks.
“There’s a lot of emotion because it’s something we’ve all worked for and it’s noticed on the pitch, in our enthusiasm, our communication and our desire to keep fighting until the end.. “The ups and downs of the game, on my part, were due to nerves about what the game meant,” Mexico opponent Luz Solano said in written statements.
In the match between Mexico and Canada, the Puerto Rican national team was present with head coach Eduardo “Cocolo” Galarza keeping a close eye on their opponent in the semifinals.
Puerto Rico and Mexico battled it out for the last ticket to the grand final of the tournament at 8:00 p.m. at Dolores “Toyita” Martínez Coliseum in Juana Diaz.
“We have seen that Mexico is a team that likes to ‘damage’ a lot, and we will prepare our defense against their attack and we will prepare our wingers.. Galarza said after completing the challenge: “Their blockade (of Mexico) is not as big as the blockade of Canada, and this is an advantage.”
“We told the girls we were going to watch the game. Let them see real game situations and see what could happen. It was important to keep them in the game, to keep them focused,” the Puerto Rican coach said of Puerto Rico’s visit to the stadium.
Galarza concluded, “It will be a good match, the plan is to strive for victory and pass to the final is our goal.”