MEXICALI, Mexico, August 20, 2007.- In a battle of neighbours in Pool G, Mexico edged USA in five sets by scores of 23-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 15-13 in almost two hours of spectacular competition.
Getting a boost from the enthusiastic crowd, the Mexican team erased a one set deficit and won its first match of the Boys’ Youth World Championship.
They needed the heroics of Juan Arriola and Francisco Enriquez, who scored 21 and 16 points respectively to prevail against the taller Americans who had Carson Clark scoring 17 points in the losing cause.
The Americans were in front 24-20 in the first set, but Mexico came back and closed to 24-23 before Murphy Troy hit a smoking spike for the USA win.
In the second set, teams battled closely until 20-all when Arriola charged batteries and sent the home team to the triumph.
In the third set, the Americans blocked perfectly after a 16-15 advantage at the second pause and took nine of the last twelve points played.
The combination of Arriola and Enriquez was key for the win of Mexico in the fourth set from start to finish.
In the tie-breaker, Mexico jumped to a 4-0 lead forcing a time-out by USA. The margin proved to be enough and the local team celebrated despite some big effort by the Americans in the last part of the set.