Dominicans will face Venezuela for fifth place at Barranquilla
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, August 1, 2018. - Dominican Republic
prevailed over Guatemala 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) and will face
Venezuela for fifth place of the men's volleyball tournament of
the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games
at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Dominican Republic controlled Guatemala with powerful attacks
and is set to face Venezuela on the last day of competition for
fifth place; they faced each other in pool-play with Venezuela
winning in five sets. Guatemala will meet Trinidad and Tobago
for seventh place.
Dominicans came out on top the Central Americans with huge 46-29
advantage in spikes, 9-5 in blocks and 6-1 in aces. Dominican
Republic finished with 23 unforced errors and Guatemala with 14.
Wing spiker Henry Lopez led Dominican’s offense with 22 points
including 18 kills and 2 blocks, and opposite Tapia Henry added
18 points including 14 attacks and 2 aces. Wagner Chacon with 9
points was Guatemala’s best scorer.
Henry López spoke “we performed well; we are working to get back
on winning track because we finished the preliminary round with
0-3 record and we couldn’t achieve our goal to finish among the
finalists. Today our line-up was the younger players so they can
work more and gain experience for the following matches.
Guatemala has a good defense but they aren’t so tall to attack,
still they put us in a jam. Tomorrow against Venezuela will be
really hard because we lost to them in five sets in the
preliminary round, it was really close”.
Venezuelan Jose Gutierrez, head coach for Dominican Republic
indicated that this is a sample of the difficult group they had
to face “teams from our pool are in the top four. We must
improve by working more as a team, despite all the bad things of
playing for fifth place is that we have talented player to work
with. After we finish here, we’ll compete in the Pan American
Cup and we are aiming to qualify for the Lima Pan American
Games, and that the team continues to add and grow. Tomorrow
will be a rematch against Venezuela and we will face them with
commitment, seriousness and responsibility to finish fifth