Mexico to play for the gold at Men’s U23

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 15, 2021 – Mexico progressed to the gold medal match at the U23 Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after defeating Guatemala 3-0 (25-18, 32-30, 25-17) on Thursday.

Josue Lopez had match-high 16 points, including three aces and one block, as the main weapon of Mexico. Diego Gonzalez and Axel Tellez followed with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Francisco Gamboa was the best Panamanian with 9 points, while Jason Hernández and Pedro Pablo Pérez each collected 7 points.

Mexico committed 32 unforced errors compared to only 11 by Guatemala. The Mexicans had the top hand in aces 11-1 and blocks 7-5.

Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: “It was a good match where we made a lot of errors –forced and unforced. We had an excess of confidence. The important thing was that the guys were able to solve the problems.”

Jason Hernandez, captain of Guatemala: “It was a very interesting match for both teams. Both had ups and downs. I think the outcome of the second set affected our mindset.”

Raider Lucas, coach of Guatemala: “Before all I want to congratulate Mexico, which looked very compact team. We came here with two purposes and we have achieved both of them. First to develop our boys, practically an U20 team, and to get the pass to the Pan Am Games.”