FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Mexican pride plays its part in home boys win

Mexican players were focused since the first whistle

Tijuana, Mexico, June 30, 2013 – The next match of Mexico in the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship will be a very tough one against the winner of Pool B, but it will be a challenge they accept rather than playing in the consolation round.

That was the center of the comments made by the captain of the team at the press conference held after the victory over Tunisia on Sunday night.

Mauricio Lopez, captain of Mexico: “We began playing with the mentality to win the match and to make it into the next round. It was a matter of national pride. We know we will be playing against a first place team but we are going to focus on giving all we have on the court.”

Wael Mrika, captain of Tunisia: “We had many problems with the serve reception and made many mistakes with the first pass.”

Oscar Licea, coach of Mexico: “I want to congratulate all my players because tonight we beat the ghost of the ‘we can’t do it’. We were able to recover from the third set loss. I want to thank also the fans for their support. Now we need to continue focused on the desire to win.”

Lofti Ben Slimane, coach of Tunisia: “The first set decided the fate of the match. After losing the first set, our intensity was not the same. I want to congratulate Mexico for an outstanding recovery from the five-set loss of the day before.”

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