Dominican Republic claim first win in spectacular overtime
COLIMA, Mexico, June 17, 2019.- After a rough start, Dominican
Republic climbed back to claim their first win at the fourteenth
Men’s Pan American Cup beating Guatemala 3-2 (36-38, 25-21,
25-19, 19-25, 15-13) establishing a new record for the highest
scoring set in the history of the event.
Guatemala edged Dominican Republic 38-36 in set one,
establishing the record for the highest scoring set, in a roller
coaster pool C match finally won by the Dominicans in two hours
and twenty two minutes (2:22).
Dominican Republic prevailed 68-57 in attacks, with a sizeable
15-7 margin in the blocking category and 4-2 in aces. Dominicans
allowed 50 points on errors while scoring on 33 Guatemalan
Dominican Henry Tapia led all scorers with 28 points on
impressive 25 kills and 3 blocks; wing spiker Jonathan Mercedes
joined with 20 points all in kills and middle blocker Richi
Paulino added 13 points. On Guatemala’s side, opposite Gerardo
Gonzalez scored 18 points including 16 kills and one ace; middle
blocker Brandon Chinchilla and wing spiker Carlos López scored
17 and 11 points accordingly.
In the last day of the preliminary round, Dominican Republic
(1-1) will face United States (1-0) and Guatemala (0-2) plays
against Chile (1-0).
Henry Tapia, leading scorer of the match: “A very long match, we
weren’t expecting this. Guatemala came back strong, but thanks
to our concentration and limiting our errors we finished with
Gerardo González, leading scorer Guatemala: “We started winning
but we needed more attitude, it was our error because Dominican
Republic played at the same level”.
Alexander Gutiérrez, coach Dominican Republic: “A difficult
match, we recognize that Guatemala gave us a hard time in
reception, we needed to make constant adjustments to get into
rhythm and we failed many serves. This is part of the process
with young players”.
Reider Lucas, coach Guatemala: “We did our best, my guys gave
everything. The team can dominate and works well, they are young
and I want to congratulate their effort. We believe we may have
a positive result in what’s left of the tournament”.