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Gonzalez scores 26 to lead Mexico past Chile in tie-break

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 - Mexico forced the decider upon Chile, to eventually win (19-25, 25-21,17-25, 25-22, 15-7) in the 17th-20th place playoff of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boy’s U19 World Championship at Isa CIty Sports Hall on Friday.

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Mexico opposite Diego Gonzalez bested all scorers on the board with 26 points (23 attacks, two blocks and a service ace) with captain Raymond Gerald Stephens also helping out with 11 more points. Esteban Mulchi led the Chilean side, scoring a total of 19 points in the match. The Norceca side posted a total of 66 attacks, showing their advantage in running their plays cohesively. While Chile started off strong, showing a good balance of offence and defence, their opponents persisted with every point. The Mexican side proved better in transition plays, and performed well with their counterattacks. The Chilean side needed to be stronger on serve (seven aces) and blocks (16 points) to be able to address the strengths of their competitors. Mexico forced the decider and continued their momentum all the way to their second victory in the competition.

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