Puerto Rico dominates Dominican Republic in four sets

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 23, 2022. - Puerto Rico dominated Dominican Republic in four sets 3-1 (26-28, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16) on day one of the Boys’ U19 Pan American Cup in Guatemala City.

Pool A started with Puerto Rico recovering from falling in the first set to a spirited Dominican Republic but pulling off their first tournament win with a huge margin in every skill,  49-25  in attacks, 14-8 in blocks and 12-3 in service points. Dominican Republic handed out 49 points from errors, while Puerto Rico committed a total of 26.

Outside hitter Diego Lopez of Puerto Rico led all scorers with 21 points on 17 kills, one block and 3 aces. Middle blocker Ramon Rosado added 16 points, leading with 4 points on serves and middle blocker Yann Colon scored 15 points, including the most blocks with 5 points.

Opposite hitter Franklyn Reyes was the only player with double figures for Dominican Republic with 14 points.

Pool A matches on day two of the event feature Puerto Rico against Honduras and Dominican Republic facing host Guatemala.

Ramón Rosado, Captain Puerto Rico: “Our nerves influenced us in the beginning; it’s our first time at an international tournament so big. Once we stabilized our passing and organized our blocking, we had faster balls to dominate Dominican Republic that always presents a strong team, added to our rivalry”.

Romer González, Captain Dominican Republic: “The team was much more united and animated at the start of the match, which made a big difference for winning the first set. We must improve in passing and receiving to have more options for scoring”.

Francisco Negron, Head Coach Puerto Rico: “We committed too many errors in the first set because of our jitters, the boys had never performed in a venue like this, in addition that Dominican Republic had a great game and our expectations of our performance were higher”.

 Amaury Martínez, Head Coach Dominican Republic: “We were really motivated, we adjusted our receiving to help our passing, which made the difference in the first set. They played well for their first international appearance; we hope the next matches will be better”.