Puerto Rico vs Mexico for the gold medal

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 15, 2021 – Puerto Rico will meet Mexico in the match for the gold medal at the U23 Men’s Pan American Cup on Friday.

The Puerto Ricans lost the first set to host Dominican Republic, before reacting to claim the victory 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20). The losers will play Guatemala for the bronze medal.

Mexico and Puerto Rico gave a terrific show in the first match of the competition with the Mexicans prevailing in a thrilling five-setter.

Pedro Molina and Jamal Ellis finished with 19 and 17 points for Puerto Rico, with Molina recording three aces. Omar Hoyos chipped in with 14 points.

For the Dominican Republic, Luis Reinoso and Juan Feliz were the top scorers with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Gerardo de Jesus, coach of Puerto Rico: “It was a tough match as it is always against Dominican Republic. We had played before and knew some of the players. So we have them present and the victory went to our side this time.”

Jose Gutierrez, coach of Dominican Republic: “The match was similar to the previous ones in the tournament with ups and downs. Our team needs to play, most of them are practically U21. We had problems with our services and at the end we paid for it.”

Christian Hernandez, player of Puerto Rico: “It was a real battle as always between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. We were able to keep the calm in a very important match like the semifinal and got the win.”

Luis Reinoso, captain of Puerto Rico: “Both teams battled hard. I am satisfied with our play. We couldn’t win as we wanted but it was a terrific match.”