Henry Tapia with 27pts carries Dominican Republic into quarterfinals

DURANGO, Mexico, August 20, 2021. - Outside hitter Henry Tapia carried Dominican Republic into quarterfinals scoring 27 points in his teams’ victory over Guatemala 3-1 (29-31, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19) at the Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Durango, Mexico.

Dominican Republic with 1-2 record ended the preliminary round third place in pool B and moved into the event’s quarterfinal round. Guatemala with 0-3 will play for positions 5-8.

Experienced Henry Tapia led all scorers with 27 points on 22 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces, followed by outside hitters Henry López and Hector Cruz with 17 and 16 points respectively, while middle blocker Dawilin Méndez added 11 points including 4 aces.

Four Guatemalan players scored double digits, led by Carlos López (16), Gerardo González (13), Jason Hernández (12) and José Rodrigo Carrillo (11).

Dominicans stopped Guatemalans with a comfortable 13-7 margin in blocks, 65-50 in attacks and 5-1 in serves. Guatemala committed 21 unforced errors and Dominican Republic committed 27.

Henry Tapia, Captain of Dominican Republic: “Our errors in the first set were useless, we identified them and then executed much better. When we controlled our serves and adjusted our blocking without getting desperate, the scale was in our favor”.

“En el primer set los errores fueron inútiles, los identificamos y luego ejecutamos mejor. Considero que cuando manejamos el saque y ajustamos el bloqueo sin desesperarnos, la balanza se inclinó para nuestro lado”.

Carlos López, Captain of Guatemala: “We should have kept the same energy we had in the first set; we relaxed and stopped fighting to score as we did in the beginning, added to our miscommunication. Tomorrow we rest and we’ll take time to analyze our mistakes and try to continue performing like we have been”.

“Debimos de haber mantenido la actitud que tuvimos en el primer set; siento que nos acomodamos y no luchamos por los puntos como al inicio, además cometimos muchos errores de comunicación. Mañana descansamos y nos servirá para analizar los errores y seguir jugando como lo veníamos haciendo”.