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Mexico overwhelms Venezuela in a match of qualification

Cecilia of Mexico spiking
Mexicali, Mexico, July 17, 2009- The host team Mexico secured a berth between the final 8 teams in the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship after they eased past Venezuela 3-1 (25-11, 16-25, 25-22, 25-13) in pool A match held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Friday. The victory improved the Mexican win- loss ratio in the competition to 2-0 to secure a place between the final eight before their final pool A match against Netherlands that determine the first and second of the pool. Venezuela dropped to 0-2 to play in the 9-16 bracket.
 Although they lost the Venezuelan left attacker finished as the match scorer with 18 points followed by Mariangel Perez 17 points while Xitlali Herrera was the Mexican scorer with 14 points.
 From the first set it was clear that the Mexican team was more motivated to win aided by the home crowd in the hall because it was the match of qualification to the second round. The wing spiker Olivia Meza who was one of the stars of the first day repeated her high performance aided by Xitlali Herrera who led their team to win the first set 25-11 without enough fighting from the Venezuelan team.
 The situation showed controversy in the second set as the Venezuelan team emerged through improving their reception and blocking against the Mexican attacks. The wing spiker Mariangel Perez did her best to give her team a double score 18-9 followed by more disturbance in the Mexican team. Tovar Yorohanny emerged also in the quick attacks from position 3 aided by the sharp spokes from Wendy Romero in position 4 and that allowed Venezuela to win the set 25-16.
 The third set showed early Venezuelan dominance by the momentum and again they blocked well at all the net positions with Wendy again doing a good job in maintaining the pressure on the host team to lead 10-6. In absence of the well known performance of the Mexican star Meza the coach substituted her and Xitlali again did well in blocking and spiking to decrease the point difference gradually till the draw for the first time in the set 18-18. The substitute Andrea Rangel led her team thoroughly to win the critical set 25-22.
 In the fourth set Rangel and Herrera had the upper hand in spiking and blocking while Venezuela played a defensive game so Mexico led widely 8-2 at the FTT. Venezuela players lost the temper while the Mexicans increased their activity to widen the score gradually till they won the set 25-13 and the match 3-1. 
  

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