Dominicans win the bronze medal

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 16, 2021 – Host Dominican Republic earned the bronze medal at the U23 Men’s Pan American Cup with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22) victory over Guatemala on Friday.

Dominican Edouard Fuhit fired 21 points, including four aces, as the star player of the match. Joelvi Jimenez and Bryan Turbides contributed 10 points in the victory, while Luis Reinoso and Dawilin Mendez added 8 apiece.

Jose Carrillo led Guatemala with 14 points, followed by Jose Pablo Pérez and Francisco Gamboa each with 13 points.

Luis Reinoso, captain of Dominican Republic: “The match had many ups and downs. Our team faced problems with the serves, but then we caught rhythm and things came out the way it should and got the victory.”

Jason Hernandez, captain of Guatemala: “It was close match since the whistle and after winning the first set we couldn’t keep the calm and the Dominicans came back.”

Jose Gutierrez, coach of Dominican Republic: “Congratulations to Guatemala for the ticket to the Cali Games. Very glad with the result because after one year and three months with the pandemic, a third place medal with only one month of training is good.”

Raidel Lucas, coach of Guatemala: “The match meant a lot since the third place was in play. Even though we won the first set, we lacked stability and it was reflected in the outcome.”