Dominicans did not believe in the size of USA
HAVANA, Cuba, August 31, 2018 - A battling Dominican Republic
that did not believe in the projections of many in favor of the
United States took the victory 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25- 18)
in the first semifinal of the day of the Norceca SUB-21 Men's
The Caribbeans were led by the born and tireless leader, Bayron
Valdez, who as a rule always pay a valuable harvest, exceeded
today to 31 points and escorted by middle blocker José Dawilin
Méndez who added 11, and with the support of the rest of the
team that did not allow to escape the dreamed victory against
the country that held the crown until this day.
For the Northerners those who reached double digits were John
Reilly (17), Jaylen Jasper and Devin Joslyn (13). They were even
superior in the statistics with domain in attack (48-47),
blockade (8-2) and service (7-6) and benefited by 27 unforced
errors, but they gave 42 to the rivals, who never stopped
showing their inspirational grip.
José Dante Mañón, technical director of the Dominicans, recalled
his opinion that "with a team of levels we play with level, and
the opposite when they are of less rank, but the United States
plays very good volleyball and we put ourselves up to their
"The game was 3-1, but we could even win the first set, we were
in. If tomorrow we face Cuba for gold, it will be a game between
the family, which win the best, but we will also fight if the
opponent is Canada."
Bayron, the combative captain, expressed his pride for his team,
"they played like never before, I had never seen the team like
that before, they delivered everything on the field, I was
confident because we have been training for a year, so much time
"The coaches and I talked to them, they had to give their hearts
even if they killed us with balls and they listened to us,
because I recognize that our adversary is a good team, they can
even be superior to ours, because of his stature, because they
are from the United States they know volleyball, but it always
shows that nothing is impossible," he stressed excitedly.
Jonah Carson, DT of the United States, explained that "to have a
good team in this tournament you have to play a level for a long
time, tonight we had difficulty precisely to maintain that
consistency and it was lacking in reception".
"Even if you do not get it right it's hard to defend, and if you
add the mistakes and some rivals who play well it's worse,
because they keep a constant pressure and have a lot of thought
and confidence in their captain (Bayron Valdez), he makes a
mistake, nothing happens, they turn to him and he plays well as
if he were a bigger player".
The corner Reilly John said that "we knew it was a strong match
because they play and defend very well, as well as they are good
at finishing the ball."