SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 14, 2021
– Guatemala became the last semifinalist at the
U23 Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after
scoring a convincing 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-22)
victory over Panama in a duel between Central
American teams for the last ticket to Cali
Junior Pan Am Games.
The Guatemalans relied on a well distributed
game from setter Daniel Ralon, who also
contributed with a solid service game that
included three aces.
Jose Carrillo scored 14 points as one of four
players of Guatemala with double figures in the
scoring sheets. Jose Perez added 13 and
Francisco Gamboa and Jason Hernandez contributed
11 and 10 points in the victory. Panamanian
David NG finished with 13 points.
Jason Hernandez, captain of Guatemala: “It was a
close contest and our attitude was the key for
the win. Tomorrow we will try our best to keep
Alejandro Camarena, player of Panama: “We knew
it was going to be a tough match and Guatemala
was coming to give their very best as we also
did. There was only a winner at the end and that
was the one who did the things better”.
Raider Lucas, coach of Guatemala: “We expected a
tough match but the guys focused, did their
best, and we got the objective of getting the
pass to the Cali Games.”
Javier González, coach of Panama:
“Congratulations to the team of Guatemala. After
making an error you have to do a lot to recover.
We need to behave as gentlemen and accept that
the other team played better than yours.”