Dominicans join Mexicans as qualified teams to Cali Games

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 13, 2021 – Dominican Republic joined Mexico as men’s volleyball teams qualified to the Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia after a straight-set victory 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-20) over Guatemala on Tuesday.

The Mexicans won the first match of the day with an overwhelming victory in consecutive sets over Suriname.

Dawilin Mendez scored 11 points as the top Dominican attacker followed by Edouarde Fuhit and Luis Reinoso each with 10 points. Bryan Turbides chipped in with 9 points.

Guatemala’s Jason Hernandez finished with 12 points as the best scorer in the match. Francisco Gamboa and Jose Carrillo added 10 and 9, respectively.

Jose Gutierrez, coach of Dominican Republic: “It was an interesting match. We had the priority of qualifying to the Pan American Games in Cali.Today our boys were loaded because we had a weight lifting program besides the regular training. That’s in preparation for the semifinals matches and maybe a final.”

Raider Lucas, coach of Guatemala: “I want to congratulate the Dominican team. Today they looked very mature in the court. They have a lot more training than us. They are athletes with experience with many facilities within the sport.”

Luis Reinoso, captain of Dominican Republic: “It was a very good match. We were a little bit over confident and Guatemala took advantage of it to score more points. But it was really a great match.”

Jason Hernández, captain of Guatemala: “It was a close match and we feel satisfied about our performance playing at this level.”