FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Mexico return to victory road, beat USA 3-2

Mexicans Christian Aranda, Ridl Garay and Enrique Ugalde celebrate their victory against the United States at Mexicali State Auditorium on Saturday.

Mexicali, Mexico, July 6 2013 – Mexico defeated the United States in five sets (25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13) at the Classification Round for places 9-16 at Mexicali State Auditorium.

Enrique Ugalde converted 24 points, including four aces. Alan Martinez finished with 13 and Ivan Molano with 11 for the Mexican team that after losing two in a row against Argentina and Egypt recovered in a tough but resilient match that lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes.

On the American side, Colby Harriman had his second match in a row as top scorer for his team with a total of 18 points and Christopher Nugent scored 17. Captain Christian Blough scored 14 and Kennet Pia totalized 12.

USA had a more solid blocking game with 9 effective plays while Mexico converted 5. The Serve was the difference with seven aces, including Ugalde’s four. The American team registered 4.

Mexico struggled on defense and also had some problems to close second set that lasted 31 minutes. The host team wil play for 13th place, while USA for the 15th position. 

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