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Mexico’s second win over old foe gives the USA another agony to the same wound

American players are flat on the floor after attempting to retrieve a difficult spike from Mexico.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 11, 2009 – Fiercely-attacking Mexico pulled off a convincing straight-set win over archrivals USA 25-21 25-19 25-21.
 The Mexicans lost the final clash to the USA in the Norceca Championship but came back here to avenge the same rivals in the world meet in the group round-robin preliminaries.
Against the USA, Mexico fared well in the first set. Though trailing 4-7 in the beginning, Mexico gradually pulled their game together, with Andrea Rangel and Xitlali Herrera penetrating the American defence with their sharp spikes to catch the USA at 13-13.
 From then on, Mexico rolled on their rhythm to move ahead 24-18 and needed only one more point to take the set. Still, the USA challenged seriously to save three set points before going down to the well-established Mexicans 21-25.
 Both sides still performed superbly with almost the similar standard in the second set. As Mexico continued their attack, the USA improved on their defence. However, the Mexicans played more consistently with better combination and aggression to win the hotly-contested set 25-19.
 Mexico took command initially in the third set to lead 16-11. American head coach James Stone tried his best to bring his girls back. His determination worked out pretty well as the USA narrowed the margin 14-16. Still, the Mexicans had enough in the tank to brush off the fighting rivals 25-21 and the close match.



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