SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 14, 2021
– Puerto Rico beat Suriname in straight sets 3-0
(25-13, 25-9, 25-11) advancing to the semifinals
of the U23 Men’s Pan American Cup as the second
placed team in Pool A.
The victory earned Puerto Rico a ticket to the
Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia and
a clash with Dominican Republic in the
final-four phase of the competition.
Omar Hoyos and Jamal Ellis led Puerto Rico with
13 and 12 points, respectively. Dean Kasdi
finished with 7 points for Suriname.
The Puerto Ricans built a comfortable lead in
service winners (8-1) and also in blocks (7-3).
Pedro Molina, captain of Puerto Rico: “It was an
easy match. I always say do not underestimate
any opponent, but we built a comfortable margin
and practically we were preparing for tomorrow’s
Gerardo de Jesus, coach of Puerto Rico: “Even
though we won by comfortable margin it was a
complicated match since we didn’t know the
opponent. We were coming from a five-setter and
tomorrow we have to plat the home team Dominican
Republic with the fans being a factor. I’ve told
my players to concentrate on the ball.”