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
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
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
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
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”.