Dominican Republic finishes sixth at NORCECA
WINNIPEG, Canada, September 7, 2019 - A young Dominican team
2019 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship in Winnipeg,
Canada, on a high note with a win over Guatemala.
The score was 3-1 (28-30, 25-13, 28-26, 25-19). The win puts
the Dominican team in sixth place overall in the tournament.
Mario Emilio Frias led all scorers with 25 points, followed
by Jonathon Mercedes with 23. Blocking was a factor for the
Dominican side – 13 points compared with 7 for Guatemala.
Alexis Blanco had 21 points for the losing side while
teammate Wagner Chacon had a tally of 17.
Dominican Republic, head coach, Jose Alexander Gutierrez:
“Our goal was to maintain our sixth position. We thought
maybe we could do better as a bonus, but it wasn’t possible.
We look forward to more work ahead. This type of competition
is very good for the young players – they grow up!”
Guatemala, player, Gerardo Paz: “I’m a little disappointed
in this match. We were able to get the first set, then I
thought we could get the third for sure, but then we lost
it. That brought us down. It was still a good tournament for
us. We played well and we’re happy with that. Our goal was
to beat the Dominican Republic, and we didn’t achieve that,
but we played really good against some higher level teams,
such as United States and Cuba, and we’re happy with that.
Next year Guatemala hosts the Central American Cup and we
are looking forward to preparing for that.”