USA to Play for Gold Medal after Defeat of Dominican Republic
CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA (Sept. 9, 2023) – The United States started
slowly but picked up speed in beating the Dominican Republic, 3-0
(25-22, 25-12, 25-14) in the semifinals at the NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship on Saturday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention
The USA (4-0) will play the winner of the second semifinal between
Canada and Cuba in Sunday’s gold medal match. The Dominican Republic
(2-2) will play the loser of that match for the bronze medal.
The United States led in attacks (43-25), blocks (7-3) and aces (6-3).
The USA scored 19 points on Dominican errors while giving up 17.
Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia led the U.S. with 14 points on 11
spikes, on block and two aces. Middle blocker Taylor Averill scored 11
points on six attacks, a match-high four blocks and one ace. Outside
hitter Thomas Jaeschke scored 10 points on eight attacks and two aces.
Outside hitter Hector Cruz led the Dominican Republic with 14 points on
a match-high 12 attacks and two aces.
USA Head Coach John Speraw: “I know that we can go to anyone on our
bench and have a great performance like we did tonight… We had troubles
early in the first set. Their opposite did a really nice job. We didn’t
line him up as well as we needed to. Late in the set we started to
figure that out and then we got better from there.”
Dominican Republic Head Coach Jose Gutierrez Sanchez: “It was a very
difficult match. The USA is the No. 2 team in the world. The first set
was very good for us.”