Dominican Republic reaches quarterfinals in Men’s Pan Am Cup 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 26, 2010 – Dominican Republic advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Pan American Cup after recording a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19) victory over Venezuela on Wednesday.

The Dominicans outscored the defeated side in blocking (8-5) and ace services (5-1). Venezuela will meet Colombia in the eliminatory for the 7-9 positions on Thursday.

Victor Batista topped the winning offense with 17 points, Elnis Palomino compiled 11 points, including three blocks and Jose Caceres added nine. Venezuelan Henderson Espinoza tallied 17 points.

“We eliminated many of the mistakes we made the game before,” Dominican Coach Jacinto Campechano said. “To get into the next level we still have a lot of work to be done.”

“The tournament has been good for our young team,” Venezuelan Coach Ivan Nieto said. “It has been of big help in the development process of this group of young athletes.” 

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