SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 13, 2021
– Mexico advanced to the semifinals of the U23
Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after
collecting an easy straight-set 3-0 (25-13,
25-10, 25-8) victory over a young and
unexperienced team of Suriname on Tuesday.
The strong serves by the Mexicans proved to be
too strong and accurate as they scored 11 aces,
including four by Diego Gonzalez.
Axel Tellez had 10 points as the best Mexican
scorer followed by Gonzalez and Josue Lopez who
chipped in with 8 points apiece. Anfernee
Schmeltz had 7 points for Suriname.
Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico:
“We achieved our goal of qualifying to the
Junior Pan American Games and now we will go for
the gold medal. There are some strong teams like
Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic so the rest
of the way it won’t be easy.”
Claudius Straal, coach of Suriname:
“Because of the pandemic, we didn’t have much
time to practice and prepare for this level. I
hope we can do better in our next match.”
Axel Tellez, captain of México:
“It was an easy match for us even though you
always have to do your best no matter the rival.
Now we have to wait for the next matches.”
Diego Heyns, captain of Suriname:
“I had never played at this level. It is a great
experience for all of us. I hope we can improve
our performance in the next match.”