Mexico crushes Suriname, moves to semis

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.”