PRESS RELEASE 20/06/2009

Caceres leads Dominican Republic over Puerto Rico

CHIAPAS, México, June 20, 2009.- Jose Miguel Caceres enjoyed a wonderful night with 37 points leading Dominican Republic to a 3-2 victory over Puerto Rico in the match for the bronze medal of the IV Men’s Pan American Cup.


More than 2,000 spectators watched the action at the Polyforum and the score was 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10.


The match was an epic offensive battle between the two teams, besides the offensive show by Caceres and Juan Figueroa of Puerto Rico.


Victor Batista added 16 points to the Dominican attack and Elnis Palomino added 13. Figueroa had 25 points for Puerto Rico and Victor Bird and Ivan Perez had 17 apiece.


“I have no words to describe the emotions I am feeling now. Puerto Rico played a great game and it was another historic contest between our teams like always. It is very important for the Dominican volleyball to qualify again to the America’s Cup. This victory is part of the hard work we have been doing in our program under the leadership of Nelson Ramirez,” said Jacinto Campechano, the Dominican coach.


Fernando Morales, the captain of Puerto Rico said: “It was a tough game, as it was expected. A very tough game and we are not happy because we didn’t reach our goal but they played a great game.”


The victory earned the Dominican Republic the third place of the Cup and the qualification to the America’s Cup for second consecutive year.


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