WINNIPEG, Canada, June 7, 2008.- Mexico and
Dominican Republic battled until the end to bring
the bronze medal back home. After 5 close sets,
Dominican Republic closed their participation to
the 2008 Pan American Cup with a win. The set
scores were 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12.
It was a very tight game as no team was able to
create a comfortable gap for themselves. The
rallies were long and teams kept exchanging the
points, creating an exciting match that lasted
almost 2 hours. The Mexican setter was impressive
at finding his middles who managed to play around
the Dominican Republic block. But it was not
enough to say fiesta yet. The Dominican stepped up
their game in the fifth set and stole the medal.
Leading the Dominican Republic crew was captain
Elvis Contreras with 26 points. He was followed by
Victor Batista, 21 points, Jose Caceres, 16 points
and Eduardo Concepcion, 15 points. Mexican Irving
Bricio earned 19 points and his middle player
Tomas Aguilera got 17 points.
“This was a very important win for us. We needed
this victory to be thirteen and qualified for the
America Cup next year. It ends the tournament on a
good note” said happy coach Jacinto Campechano.
Leader Elvis Contreras started by congratulating
the Mexican team for this great game and added:
“It was a very intense game. We started the match
slow but all the guys played well until the end.”