Dominicans beat Haiti in U21 Men’s Pan American Cup opening

HAVANA, Cuba, June 5, 2023.- Dominican Republic opened with a 3-0 victory over Haiti at the Men’s U21 Norceca Pan American Cup at the Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.

The score ended 25-13, 25-23 and 25-22 in which outside hitter Ronny Molina led all scorers with 17 points, followed by opposite Adrian Figuero who added 9. For the opponent team the most productive was Dieulengy Relis with 11 tallies.

Ronny Molina (DOM) against triple block of Haiti

Dante Mañón, Dominican coach, said “this match was to get in the rhythm of play, but I believe we can be more solid. On occasions we were superior, but suddenly in the third set we went one on one. We must improve in concentration”.

Molina, Dominican captain, said “we are focused on winning because all matches are important and today, we won. Now ouf goal is Puerto Rico, we must prepare on focusing better for tomorrow”.

Junior Sieole, coach of Haiti, spoke about the new rule proposed in March by the FIVB for the upcoming U19 and U21 world championships, and that the continental confederations must put in practice during these tournaments, the new rule is that the service reception is only permitted by a digging action or any action that does not involve overhand fingers.

“I think that uneven the team a bit, as well as some errors we committed in tactical plays, otherwise perhaps we could have had a better result”.

Team captain Relis also referred to the new rule proposal, “but tomorrow we hop to do better”.