The Dominican Republic Advances to Semis with Win over Puerto Rico
CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA (Sept. 8, 2023) – The Dominican Republic will
play in the semifinals of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship
after beating Puerto Rico on Friday, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 32-30) at the
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
The Dominican Republic (2-1) will face the United States (3-0) in the
first semifinal on Saturday. Puerto Rico will play for fifth place.
The Dominican Republic led the match in attacks (49-41) and blocks
(9-7). The teams were tied in aces (3-3). The Dominican Republic scored
21 points on Puerto Rico’s errors and gave up 19 points.
Dominican Republic opposite Henry Omar Tapia led all scorers with 18
points on a match-high 16 attacks and two blocks.
Middle blocker Moises Ortiz and outside hitter Hector Cruz each scored
14 points. Ortiz scored on nine attacks, a match-high four blocks and
one ace. Cruz scored on 13 attacks and one block.
Puerto Rico opposite Jamal Ellis led his team’s scoring with 15 points
on 15 attacks. Outside hitters Tristan Lawrence and Omar Hoyos each
scored 10 points.
Dominican Republic Head Coach Jose Gutierrez Sanchez:
“For us, this victory is a great achievement. We are going to enjoy this
and then we will see what happens.”
Puerto Rico Head Coach Oswald Antonetti Cameron:
“It is a big disappointment. We thought we should have competed better.
They have more experience than us. But I truly thought that we could
have competed better. We’ve got to get our composure back and train
tomorrow and play.”