DURANGO, Mexico, August 22, 2021.- Dominican
Republic will play for the fifth place of the
Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship after
defeating Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets
3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) in Durango, Mexico.
Dominicans wait for the winner between United
States and Guatemala for the fifth place match;
Trinidad and Tobago plays for seventh place
against the loser.
Domincan Republic had no setback making several
changes during their performance, with 42-33
margin in attacks and 4-2 in serves, while both
teams scored 5 points on blocks. Dominican
Republic committed 21 errors and Trinidad and
Tobago a total of 24.
Opposite Henry Tapia once again led Dominican
Republic scoring 13 points on 11 kills and 2
aces, outside hitters Henry López (only playing
the first two sets) and Hector Alexis Cruz
tallied 11 points each.
Outside hitter Daynte Stewart of Trinidad and
Tobago led all scorers with a match-high of 24
points on 20 attacks, 2 blocks and 2 aces.
Henry Tapia, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We
were more relaxed today, it was an easy game. We
will play for fifth place, which wasn’t our goal
but we hope in the next opportunity to finish
among the top three places. Trinidad and Tobago
was not much of a challenge for us today”.
Dante Mañon, Coach of Dominican Republic: “I had
the opportunity to use bench players because
this wasn’t too much of challenge. Trinidad and
Tobago plays with a high ball and we on the
sides, and that’s not hard for us to control”.
Gideon Dixon, Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “I
feel we could have measured the opposing team
but because we don’t play at this level often we
ran out of endurance at the end of the game.
More competition at this level will help us
improve. Hopefully next time it will be
different; we have improved with each
performance, we won in small things, we need to