Dominicans win terrific duel against Puerto Rico

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 3, 2021 – Host Dominican Republic came out winner of a hard-fought battle against Puerto Rico to close the actions of Day One at the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Friday night.

Henry Tapia and Hector Cruz registered 26 and 23 points to lead the 3-1 (31-29, 31-33, 27-25, 27-25) Dominican Republic’s victory in the contest that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Puerto Rico’s Jair Santiago finished with a match-high 30 points, including five blocks. Pedro Molina and Kevin Lopez each had 12 points in the losing effort.

José Mañon, Coach of Dominican Republic: “It was a very interesting match with a lot of ups and downs. We are coming from a good tournament in Durango that helped us. We came here to win, the guys have a very high spirit.”

Alberto Torres, Coach of Puerto Rico: “We made too many errors with our serves. I think the reason for that is the lack of maturity as this is a team of young boys. On spite of that, I am satisfied with the result.”