Mexico Rallies Past Trinidad and Tobago

July 03, 2009, 1:35 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 3, 2009) – Mexico rallied from a 2-1 set deficit and 5-2 deficit in the fifth set to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 Friday to capture ninth place in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being played at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Trinidad & Tobago will play Guatemala on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET for 10th and 11th position.

Mexico captain Migdalel Ruiz and Olivia Meza had matching 14 points for the winners, while Martha Revuelta charted 12 points for Mexico.

Krystle Esdelle was credited with a match-high 23 points for Trinidad & Tobago, while Kelly-Anne Billingy scored an additional 22 points.

Mexico won despite Trinidad & Tobago holding a 13-5 block advantage and 65-48 kill margin. Mexico took advantage of 45 Trinidad & Tobago errors to make up the difference.

“Trinidad & Tobago have tall players and have improved since last year,” Mexico Head Coach Samuel Cibrian said. “We need to improve our block and reception. While we are not satisfied with our placement, we advanced one position from last year’s Pan American Cup and will continue working with our players to get better.”

“I am very happy with our performance,” Trinidad & Tobago Coach Nicholson Drakes said. “This was the level of play for my team in a high-level tournament. We intend to play better in common tournaments.”