Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 3, 2009 - In what turned out to be a rematch of the NORCECA Championship final, Mexico avenged the USA in a heart-pounding, hotly contested five-set encounter.
The well-established USA and the Mexicans opened up with aggression right from the whistle, entertaining a large crowd of students at the Chalerm Phrakiart Gym with their exceptional skills.
Both sides came up with the similar standard. However, the USA, powered by the hard-attacking 192cm-tall Haley Eckerman, were just in superb form. Taking the commanding 21-16 lead, the USA stormed on to win the hard-fought first set 25-22.
After conceding one set, Mexico came much stronger in the second set. They produced a solid defence and excellent teamwork to take the set 25-20.
Mexico still dominated the third set. As the USA became more prone with unforced spiking and blocking errors, the Mexican girls regained their composure to claim the effortless set 25-15.
The USA led 24-21 in the fourth set, but Mexico put their acts together to close the margin 24-24. However, the USA maintained their poise to win the close set 26-24.
In the decider, both teams fought points for points. Nevertheless, Mexico were in better form to capture the set 15-9 and the match.