Mexico to play for the gold medal

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 8, 2021 – Mexico earned their place in the gold medal match of the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup with an upset victory against United States on Wednesday.

Mexico won 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-20) for just their third victory in 10 decisions against United States in the 15-year history of the competition.

Diego Gonzalez and Josué López led Mexico with 17 and 11 points, respectively, while Cole Gillis and Kyle McCauley finished with 14 and 13 for the American side.

After losing in their first two outings against United States and Canada, the Mexican team has won four in a row against Suriname, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and United States. In the gold medal match they will meet the winner of the semifinal contest between Canada and Dominican Republic.

Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: “I am so glad. The United States is a team traditionally strong that never quit. That’s something we were aware of. I think the boys are starting to believe in themselves and their capabilities. Now we have to calm down and think about tomorrow’s match.”

Andy Read, coach of United States: “We were against a Mexican team that played their best game of the tournament. We had two opportunities of winning the second set and couldn’t do it. Congratulations to Mexico for a great game.”