Chile and Mexico shine in opening day at Juan de la Barrera


Chile celebrates surprising victory over Tunisa

Mexico City, Mexico, June 3, 2016- Chile and Mexico shined with straight set victories on opening day of the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Gimnasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City. 

Match Centres
Chile beat Tunisia 3-0  (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) Match Centre
Mexico beat Algeria 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-21) Match Centre

Chile opened the tournament with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) win over Tunisia. Chile’s victory was led by the performance of Vicente Parraguirre scoring 14 points on 13 kills and one ace. Dusan Bonacic and Tomas Parraguirre scored 13 points all in attacks. Miladi Ben Othmen and Hichem Kaabi topped Tunisia. Chile held advantage in attacks 43-37 and scored on 26 errors by Tunisia. 

The home team opened the World Olympic Qualifier also in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-21) over Algeria with 14-9 advantage in blocking. The hosts had in Carlos Guerra and Daniel Vargas their best weapons scoring 16 and 15 points respectively. Soufiane Hosni was Algeria’s best scorer with 10 points. Mexico prevailed with 36-29 advantage in spikes and 2-0 in aces. 

The second day features matches between losers and winners, which promise to be thrilling. Tunisia will face their continental opponents Algeria in the first match, followed by Mexico facing Chile.

Top Scorer by Day
16 – Carlos Guerra of Mexico v Algeria on June 3

Top Scoring Performances
16 – Paul Carroll of Mexico v Algeria on June 3
15 – Daniel Vargas of Mexico v Algeria on June 3
Top Individual Serving Performances
1 – Three times on June 3
Top Team Serving Performances
2 – Mexico v Algeria on June 3
Top Individual Blocking Performances
5 – Daniel Vargas of Mexico v Algeria on June 3
Top Team Blocking Performances
14 – Mexico v Algeria on June 3
Highest Scoring Set
25-21 – Five times on June 3
Highest Scoring Match
136 – Chile v Tunisia 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21)


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