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Mexico downs Thailand in a fantastic five set encounter

Mexico star Olivia Meza in action
Mexicali, Mexico, July 16, 2009- Mexico recovered from the sluggish performance in the second set to convert the draw 1-1 to a thriller victory over the struggling Thailand 3-2 (25-23, 14-25, 25-17, 20-25, 18-16) in a match lasting 125 minutes in the first day of the 2009 Women’ Junior World Championship Pool A held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Thursday.
 The Mexican wing spiker Olivia Meza and the middle blocker Xitlali Herrera were the cornerstone of this spectacular victory, the first was her team scorer with 17 points and the second made a solid barrier with her block and an efficient station for the quick attacks from the middle of the net. Thailand players struggled till the last moment and lost the match point at 14-13 and their star Sontaya Keawbundit was the match scorer with impressive 18 points scored.
 After a thriller first set won difficultly by Mexico, their performance dropped acutely paving the way for the Asian team to win the second set widely and draw 1-1, but the right attacker Olivia Meza came on time to led her team not only through the 17 points she scored in the match but also through her leadership and good defense and the magnificent spirit. 
 Aided by the home crowd, the organizers team of Mexico was highly motivated at the beginning of the match and succeeded to take the lead due to their better organized block and the more stable reception 8-6 at the FTT. Thailand rebounded from the sluggish start quickly and fought in defense and reception to come back and reach the draw for the first time 21-21 before Mexico scored the critical points at the end of the set to win narrowly 25-23. 
 Thailand team was more organized in the second set after they received well and subsequently spiked well through Sontaya Keawbundit and Siripom Ketsanoi, while Mexico players fell into frequent reception and attacking mistakes. When Thailand widened the score to 20-10, Mexico tried to use the wing spikers to attack away from the Thailand’s impermeable block and succeeded to continue the same rhythm till they won the set comfortably 25-14 to level the score 1-1.
 Mexico fought to get back in form as the team captain Xitlali spiked frequently from position 3 aided by Olivia Meza Cecilia Rios in position 4 to control completely the net action. By the time the score widened till the host team led 20-10 using again the tactical service of most of the players. Mexico then challenged their attacks down the right side with Olivia Meza exploiting the spaces in the Thailand’s block as Mexico won the set 25-17.
 Thailand rebounded back in the fourth set when their outstanding spiker Sontaya did her best in serving and spiking to win the set 25-20. Mexico players committed frequent mistakes in digging and reception that facilitated the situation of Thailand to win the set and hold the match to tiebreak.
 In the tiebreak the Mexican star Olivia and the middle blocker Xitali played their utmost while the Thai team struggled to the last breath in the most exciting part of the match until the Mexicans won the exciting set 18-16.

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