Mexico wins gold medal at U23 Cup

SANTO DOMIINGO, Dominican Republic, July 16, 2021 – Mexico took home the gold medal at the U23 Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after a 3-1 (25-27, 25-26, 26-24, 25-20) victory over Puerto Rico on Friday night.


Josue de Jesus Lopez collected 20 points as the top scorer of the Mexican side, including two blocks. Ariel Hernández and Diego Gonzalez also finished in double figures for the winners with 15 and 13 points, respectively.


Pedro Molina was the best for Puerto Rico with 13 points, followed by Jamal Ellis with 10 points.


Mexico outclassed Puerto Rico in blocks 11-6 and got the edge in aces 5-4.


Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: “It was a tactical match. I think both teams made many mistakes with the serves. In this type of competition you can’t give away your serve. At the end, we were able to land the serves as they were relaxed after overcoming the difficult situations. Well, as I say winning becomes an habit and they just have taken that step.”