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Mexico, Canada start with victories in Tijuana

Mexico shows its joy following the team's first victory
Tijuana, Mexico, August 28, 2009 - Mexico and Canada got off to winning starts at the NORCECA Playoff Round where two tickets are available to the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship in Japan.

Before more than 3,000 fans, the Mexican National Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago in three quick sets 25-21, 25-15, 25-22. Canada also recorded a straight-sets win against Costa Rica by a score of 25-18, 25-19, 25-22.

Claudia Rodríguez led Mexico with 11 points and Martha Revuelta and Xitlali  Herrera added 9 and 8 points respectively. For Trinidad & Tobago, Krystle Esdelle had a match-high 13 points and Kelly Anne Billing contributed with 11 tallies.

Opposite Tifanny Dodds charted 17 points, Tammy Mahon contributed 12 points and Britney Page chipped in nine. For Costa Rica, Verania Willis recorded 11 points and Angela Willis added six.

Mexico presented a lineup with an effective combination of young players who took part in the Junior and Youth World Championships, along with veterans such as captain Revuelta and Rodriguez.

"I think the girls played well throughout and kept their rhythm," said Francisco Javier Jiménez, the coach of Mexico. "Trinidad is a good team but couldn't execute against us tonight. Even though it is good to start winning, this is a short tournament and all the teams are equal. Tomorrow we have to go hard against Costa Rica and attain what we came here looking for, which is the ticket to Japan."

The Canadians controlled the offense and block to dominate the Central American side.

Canadian coach Arnd Ludwig said: "The first match is always a tough one and Costa Rica played very well at the beginning. We started kind of nervous but then we grabbed the rhythm. The goal for tomorrow is to maintain the rhythm we had at the end today because Trinidad has a good team."


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