Puerto Rico claims first victory

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2021 – Puerto Rico defeated Suriname 3-1 (25-14. 21-25, 25-15, 25-10) in a match between winless teams at the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Tuesday.

These two teams will meet again on Wednesday in the contest for the fifth position before the two semifinal matches.

Jair Santiago and Ismael Alomar led the attack of Puerto Rico with 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Pedro Molina added 9 in the victory.

Keven Spokslede and Zefanio Breinburg were the main scorers for Suriname with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Alberto Torres, coach of Puerto Rico: “We came to this tournament with the idea of testing our young players to check which level they were at. To me that was very important. Not winning some matches leave a bad taste, but we made too many errors.”

Arturo Sabbatini, coach of Suriname: “It was a good tournament for us. It was good for our guys to train in the morning and play in the afternoon. Our main problem was that we only could train for three months as the gyms and academies all were closed. Our guys were not 100 % physically.”