Dominicans secure ticket to FIVB WL playoffs
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 12, 2012 – Dominican
Republic secured a ticket to the playoffs of the FIVB World
League after outdueling Mexico 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 30-28)
in an exciting match of the VII Men’s Pan American Cup in Santo
Domingo on Thursday.
The young Mexico team offered strong resistance against a local
team that didn’t slow down after losing the first set and
claimed a victory that earned the right to play in the
qualification playoffs for the annual men’s event of FIVB.
The other semifinalists –Brazil, United States and Argentina-
are already qualified to next year’s FIVB World League based on
their positions at this year’s event.
Backed by a partisan crowd, the stellar Elvis Contreras and Jose
Miguel Caceres each scored 24 points while the experienced Elnis
Palomino contributed 10 tallies.
Mexico’s Daniel Vargas topped his side with 16 points and was
followed by Ismael Guerrero with 14.
The Cuban Osiel Vásquez, coach of Dominican Republic, praised
the high determination of his players saying he was proud of
“I am very glad because the doors are open for the first time to
a Dominican team to play in the World League,” he said. “We
prepared for this moment because in the last two matches with
Mexico the team lost after winning the first two sets.”
Jorge Miguel Azair, coach of Mexico, congratulated the home
“To play at home and win is always a big thrill,” he said. “I
think my team played well but our lack of physical preparation
hurt us. We lowered the level of our serves and attacks,
especially the speed, but I must admit that the Dominicans
played better than us.”
Caceres, the Dominican captain, stated: “It was a tough match
because Mexico have shown they have the quality and have
defeated us coming from behind. Today we stayed concentrated and
prepared to win.”
On the other hand, Pedro Rangel, setter and captain of Mexico,
commented: “It was a complicated contest because everyone knows
the kind of good game the Dominicans have. We started well but
the inexperience betrayed us, even though we must recognize that
the best team won.”
Friday’s semifinals feature Brazil against Argentina (5:00 pm
local time) followed by the match between United States and
Dominican Republic (7:00 pm).