PRESS RELEASE 17/10/2009

Mexico won in five for fifth place

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, October 17, 2009 – Mexico erased a 1-2 deficit and edged Dominican Republic in the match for the fifth position at NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship. The score was 25-19, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13.


The Mexicans, who also prevailed in five sets against Dominican Republic in Guadalajara last August in a match for the ticket to the FIVB World Championship, were topped by the 31 points of Leonardo Manzo. Richard Lazcano and Edgar Herrera added 16 and 15 respectively.


Jose Caceres, the leading scorer of the competition, had a match-high 37 points for the Dominican Republic. Victor Batista and Johan Lopez added 14 and 10 respectively.


“We improved our reception and blocking in the last two sets,” said Victor Porras, the captain of Mexico. “Our level of concentration was also very high at the end”.


“They played better than us and it is a painful loss. That’s the only thing I want to say”, commented Victor Batista, the captain of the losers.


“We improved our blocking in the fourth and fifth sets,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach. “We touched many balls in Caceres’ attacks. The defense won the match for us and I am going back home with big satisfaction.”


“The Mexicans proved once again they know more than us how to win,” said Jacinto Campechano, the Dominican coach. “I have four new players in this team and if we need add four more that is the way it has to be in case I continue coaching the team.”


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