Puerto Rico breezes past Suriname

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 14, 2021 – Puerto Rico beat Suriname in straight sets 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-11) advancing to the semifinals of the U23 Men’s Pan American Cup as the second placed team in Pool A.

The victory earned Puerto Rico a ticket to the Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia and a clash with Dominican Republic in the final-four phase of the competition.

Omar Hoyos and Jamal Ellis led Puerto Rico with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Dean Kasdi finished with 7 points for Suriname.

The Puerto Ricans built a comfortable lead in service winners (8-1) and also in blocks (7-3).

Pedro Molina, captain of Puerto Rico: “It was an easy match. I always say do not underestimate any opponent, but we built a comfortable margin and practically we were preparing for tomorrow’s match.”

Gerardo de Jesus, coach of Puerto Rico: “Even though we won by comfortable margin it was a complicated match since we didn’t know the opponent. We were coming from a five-setter and tomorrow we have to plat the home team Dominican Republic with the fans being a factor. I’ve told my players to concentrate on the ball.”