HAVANA, Cuba, October 6, 2022.- Mexico defeated
Haiti 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-17) and became the
third team to qualify to Friday’s semifinals at
the Men’s U21 Pan American Cup at Ciudad
The Mexican team was able to control a resilient
Caribbean squad, even more so after a close
first set, and showed superiority with advantage
of 45-31 in attacks, 6-4 in blocks and 5-0 in
serves, but committing four more errors (24-20).
Mexican opposite hitter Ángel Iván Domínguez led
all scorers with 17 points, while his teammate
outside hitter Leonardo Maldonado added 13.
For Haiti, with double figures was outside
hitter Dieulengy (12) and opposite Estakend
Jorge Alberto Romero, head coach of Mexico said
“we are glad because we reached the quarter
finals victorious, with one match lost but with
a good performance, we are aware that all the
teams here are looking for the qualification,
there was no weak team. Hati is a warrior, the
battle every point, we don’t know how they do
it, but they give there all and they are team
that makes a match difficult”.
“It was a useful match, the players didn’t lose
hope, they were focused with order in blocking
and defense for everything come out well and
thank God we are in the semifinals”.
Captain Jorge Ibarra expressed “we are very
happy, it’s something we’ve been working on for
a long time, our goal as a team is to reach the
podium. We worked together and we studied our
opponent, and we executed what we were
instructed to do. We maintained calm, we didn’t
lose our head to go one point at a time. There
are moments of pressure when you don’t know how
to act and you get lost, and that is when the
opponent come on top”.
Junior Siecle, head coach of Haiti explained
“the entire match was close, but my team is very
young, a new experience competing at Norceca
tournaments. They also need a psychological
preparation to reach their goals. We are still
in the fight, we know that now it’s harder, but
we are up for the fight”.
Captain Relis, was afflicted “we had hopes, we
had a good first set, but we let it escape, we
lost it and that was a little disappointing, and
our team’s performance dropped, but we will
continue to battle”.