Puerto Rico wins the Bronze Medal

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, August 15, 2021.- Puerto Rico won the Bronze Medal after defeating Suriname 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 29-27) at the Women’s U23 Pan American Cup in Aguascalientes.

Suriname attackers forced Puerto Rico’s defense to resist a nail biting finish. Puerto Rico and Suriname are two of the four teams qualified to the Junior Pan American Games to be held in Cali, Colombia later this year.

Puerto Rico edged Suriname with a huge 44-19 margin in attacks; while Suriname held an impressive 10-3 blocking advantage. Puerto Rico did better in serves 4-2 and committed 38 errors against 30 from Suriname.

Opposite Ana Beatriz Fuertes of Puerto Rico topped all scorers with 17 points and middle blocker Karolina Rodriguez collected 11 points. Outside hitters Cabriella Bouterse and Margaret Ketura with 10 points apiece led Suriname’s offense.

Paola Martell, Captain of Puerto Rico: “It was a dramatic finish, we are really excited with the victory, we were able to adjust and resist, Suriname had a great match”.

José Rivera Guinand, Coach of Puerto Rico: “This was challenging for us, we came with younger players to a difficult competition and with great level. I am lvery glad, the girls kept focused on every point they needed to win. The players now understand why the physical work after the matches they had here”.

Cabriella Bouterse, Captain of Suriname: “I would say that our lack of experience made the difference, this is their level and we’re just getting there”.

“Diría que nuestra falta de experiencia hizo la diferencia, este es el nivel de ellas y nosotras apenas estamos alcanzándolo”.

Eric Aikman, Coach of Suriname: “Experience was the difference; Puerto Rico has played far more matches than we have. This was our first time at this level”.

“La diferencia la hizo la experiencia; Puerto Rico ha jugado más que nosotros. Esta fue nuestra primera vez a este nivel”.