Montenegro recorded 19 kill blocks in their 3-1 defeat of Mexico on Saturday
Mexico City, Mexico, June 18, 2016 - Montenegro earned their second consecutive win defeating host Mexico 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23) in Group 3 of World League in Gimnasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera.
Montenegro remains unbeaten with a 2-0 record and five points. Montenegro’s offence was led once again by Marko Bojic with 18 points on 15 kills and 3 blocks, followed by Vojin Cacic with 15 points and Bozidar Cuk with 11. Montenegro beat Mexico thanks to their dominance in blocking (19-11) and in spiking (96-88).
Tomas Aguilera topped Mexico’s scorers with 15 points, joined by Jorge Barajas and Samuel Cordova, who contributed with 12 points apiece. Mexico also had the advantage in aces by 4-1.Montenegro took the lead in set one without difficulties. The Europeans held a 17-11 advantage with power spikes by Marko Bojic and Vojin Cacic, while Mexican players lost communication keeping them unfocused. Mexican Quiñones, Barajas and Cordova were blocked by Montenegro’s Bojic, Cacic, Minic and Cuk. Montenegro kept on moving forward to finish 25-19.
Tomas Aguilera and Jorge Barajas led Mexico’s scorers in the beginning of set two, while Montenegro scored on blocks to keep the score close and tied. After the first technical time-out, Mexico took charge of the play to grab a 10-6 lead. Samuel Cordova was scoring on kills and blocks with fans getting excited as Mexico led 12-9. Montenegro moved closer with Bojic’s aggressive performance. Mexico failed on digging and spiking against Montenegro’s blocking as the scored reached 17-all. Mexico’s offence remained strong to tie the match by winning the second set, 25-21.
In set three Mexico once again took the lead 6-4 with their effective blocking. The battle turned tough for both team, with all skills in motion. Aguilera and Vargas managed important points but Montenegro’s offence with Cacic and Bojic pushed strong for 17-all. Towering Blazo Milic stopped Mexico’s offence to put Montenegro in the lead, 21-19. The set went to Montenegro 25-21 with a kill by Bojic.
Mexico jumped to an early 5-1 lead in set four with Barajas and Vargas leading the charge. Bozidar Cuk scored on two consecutive kills narrowing Mexico’s lead but the home team reached the first technical time-out on top, 8-6. Montenegro turned the score around 14-11 and kept on improving. Mexico engaged in several spiking errors while Montenegro scored with Bojic and Cuk to go 20-18 in front. Jorge Barajas scored two important points on kills, pushing Mexico forward but Montenegro finished the set and match, by taking the fourth, 25-23.Related information: