Argentina defeats Dominican Republic to reach semis
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, August 22, 2013 - Argentina defeated
Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-22) in the
quarterfinals at VIII Men’s Pan American Cup.
Javier Vega was the top scorer of the Argentinean team that
qualified to the semifinals and squares off Mexico on Friday.
Vega scored 10 points, Agustin Ramonda, Ezequiel Palacios and
Federico Franetovich registered 7 apiece.
For the Dominican Team, Elvis Contreras finished with 14 and
Henry Omar Tapia registered 12.
“We lost the chance to go to the World League qualification
tournament. We were very passive, things didn’t work, but we
must keep on working and going on,” said Dominican captain Jose
“We faced a team with a lot of potential and great attack,
fortunately for us things were easier and this has been a great
preparation for the U23 World Championship,” stated Argentinean
captain Juan Ignacio Finoli.
“Our guys were not able to play their game. Anxiety and lack of
experience took us to this result, we also failed in our
service,” Dominican Republic coach Osiel Vazquez said.
“We are happy to qualify to the semifinals, I think we had a
great match and worked to control Caceres and Contreras.
Dominican Republic is a team with a great attack and now we will
focus on Mexico, a very difficult rival,” Argentina’s coach
Alejandro Grossi remarked.