Dominicans beat USA to remain undefeated

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 5, 2021 – Host Dominican Republic held off a resilient United States to claim a 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 17-25, 15-8) victory and a 3-0 win-loss record at the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup.


Captain Henry Tapia scored 25 points as the offensive leader of the home side, followed by Hector Cruz and Dawilin Méndez with 14 and 11 points, respectively.


Kyle McCauley led five United States players in double figures with 16 points. Cole Gillis and Merrick McHenry were next with 14 and 12, respectively, and Daniel Wetter and Jacob Pasteur finished with 11 points apiece.


The Americans held a slight 11-10 advantage in the blocking department and the Dominicans had the upper hand in aces 10-9.


José Mañon, coach of Dominican Republic: “This was the match we were waiting for. Before the start of the competition I said ‘if we beat USA’ we are in the finals. The training of today was focused on the game play of United States. Credit to my boys for achieving this victory”.


Henry Tapia, captain of Dominican Republic: “It was a game that started well for us but then became a little bit complicated. To me this was a decisive contest and at the ened we were able to claim the win.”


Andy Read, coach of United States: “We went to the limit of five sets against a very good team. I give credit to my players because after trailing 0-2 they we able to battle and take the game to the tie-breaker. It is going to be a great tournament.”