Venezuela defeats Dominican Republic in five thrilling sets
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 29, 2018.- Venezuela defeated
Dominican Republic in five thrilling sets 3-2 (18-25, 25-17,
25-23, 24-26, 15-11) in group A of the men’s volleyball
tournament of the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American and
Caribbean Games at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
This was Venezuela’s first victory, evening their record to 1-1,
while defending champion Dominican Republic drops to 0-2 record.
Venezuela pocketed the intense tie-break that Dominicans forced
to play after winning a dramatic fourth set.
Venezuela finished with a comfortable 12-9 margin in blocking,
stopping Dominican Republic’s 62-60 advantage in attacks, as
well as a 7-3 margin in service points. Venezuela committed 24
errors and Dominican Republic 32.
Venezuela balanced their points with middle blocker Edson
Valencia scoring 18 points, including 11 kills and 6 blocks (the
most so far); middle blocker Jose Verdi contributed with 14,
opposite Emerson Rodriguez scored 13 and Jhonlenn Barreto 11
points. From Dominican Republic, wing spiker Elvis Contreras
scored a match-high of 23 points, including 20 kills and 2
serves, followed by wing spiker Wilfrido Hernandez and middle
blocker Mario Frias with 14 and 13 points respectively.
Wing spiker Jhonlenn Barreto of Venezuela said to be happy “it
is very satisfying, it was a tough game. We improved our
attitude comparing to yesterdays against Cuba. Dominican
Republic is a powerful team and they were recovering also from
losing yesterday, they put a lot of pressure”.
Head coach Ronal Sarti of Venezuela expressed “this tournament
is very balanced and we all came well prepared, all the teams
have the same goal to win. Our reception had difficulties in the
first set, it was complicated stabilize and with Johnlenn
Barreto coming off the bench, we were able to control phase one
to get into rhythm. I was a very good match but we still have to
keep on working to improve our game level” about their next
opponent he added “Mexico is experienced, they are a Olympic
team and deserve respect, we must perform seriously, think about
our performance to qualify into next round”.
Elvis Contreras, captain of Dominican Republic said “it is hard
for any team to lose two consecutive matches. We now have
younger players, junior and youth categories, this is a new team
and we are adapting. We needed to be more aggressive, we were at
times, but we lost it and you shouldn’t allow a team like
Venezuela to play at their own rhythm”.