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
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
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