Chile beats Dominican Republic at Men’s Pan Am Cup
COLIMA, Mexico, June 16, 2019. - Chile beat Dominican Republic
3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21) on day one of the fourteenth
Men’s Pan American Cup at Multifunctional Auditorium of Colima,
Chile needed almost two hours (1:58) to hold off Dominican
Republic in pool C, mostly from the service line with 11-5
margin. In set two, Dominicans suffered the loss of opposite
Henry Tapia due to dehydration.
Chile also finished with 46-43 margin in spikes, 8-5 in blocks
and benefited from 36 Dominican errors while committing 25.
Chilean captain Dusan Bonacic scored 17 points on 11 kills and 6
aces and opposite Tomas Parraguirre added 15 points on 13 kills
and 2 aces. Wing spiker Héctor Cruz of Dominican Republic scored
a match-high of 20 points on 15 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces; wing
spiker Jonathan Mercedes contributed with 13 points on 12 kills
and one ace.
Day two in pool C features Chile (1-0) against United States
(1-0) and Dominican Republic facing Guatemala (0-1).
Dusan Bonacic, captain Chile: “We fought strong against them and
ourselves. Dominican Republic is a great team, strong in every
skill; we had difficulties in blocking them and defending the
powerful kills. I congratulate my team for coming out on top
despite coming from behind and improving”.
Héctor Cruz, leading scorer Dominican Republic: “We performed
well, but not enough; I know we have much more to offer. We
failed in reception and Chile battled hard. This is just the
Daniel Nejamkin, coach Chile: “We performed better in the first
set, with more intensity. We served well the entire game, in the
first set we scored three aces, which is a lot for us; it was a
good match for both. The heat is an important factor”.
Alexander Gutiérrez, coach Dominican Republic: “I believe our
game level is similar to Chile. They have many years working
together, on the contrary from us that I have change team three
times in one year. I am glad with my team’s performance, but no
with the loss”.