CALI, Colombia, November 29, 2021. - Dominican
Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-1 (26-24, 22-25,
25-21, 25-16) for fifth place at the men’s
volleyball tournament of the I Junior Pan
American Games Cali-Valle 2021.
Dominican Republic finished the event with a 2-2
record and Puerto Rico with 1-3.
The winners only led in aces by an 8-3 margin,
but scored on 42 opponent unforced errors while
committing 18. Puerto Rico held advantage in
attacks 53-42 and a huge 12-6 margin in blocks.
Outside hitter Bryan Turbides topped Dominican
Republic with 14 points, accompanied by opposite
hitter Rafael Almonte with 12 points and outside
hitter Juan Daniel Feliz collected 11 points.
Opposite hitter Sebastián Negron of Puerto Rico
scored a match-high of 25 points and his
teammates outside hitter Omar Hoyos and middle
blocker Antonio Elías tallied 11 and 12 points
Alexander Gutiérrez, head coach of Dominican
“Finishing fifth with such a young team is a
great success; it shows that we are working
correctly and that we must continue to improve
our process. We came off two points short of
being among the semifinalists”.
Gerardo De Jesús Sánchez, head coach of Puerto
“We were knocked out from last night’s match, it
was intense and it wore us out; to play for
fifth place in less than 24 hours of playing
such a great game in five sets is something that
this young team is still not prepared”.