PRESS RELEASE 14/10/2009

Dominican Republic finishes third in Pool A

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, October 14, 2009 – Dominican Republic finished in third place of Pool A of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship by defeating Barbados 25-18, 25-18, 25-15. The win secured the winners a spot in the quarterfinals with a 1-2 record while the losers dropped to 0-3.


The Dominicans had an 11-5 advantage in the blocking category and blanked their opponents 4-0 in the aces department.


Dominicans Jose Caceres and Victor Batista led their side with 17 and 14 points. Caceres landed 13 spikes of his 23 attempts and Batista went 12-for-20. Shawn Simpson and Fabian Cox each scored 13 points for Barbados.


“We couldn’t stop Caceres and Batista who are two outstanding attackers,” said Ludger Niles, the coach of Barbados. “We also couldn’t keep the level of consistency and intensity for the whole 25 points. That was the difference between the two teams.”


“I hope we can learn from today’s experience and play better against Canada, I think, in the quarterfinals. We have a chance against them and advance to the final four,” said Batista.


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