USA advances to semifinal match against Brazil 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 27, 2010 – USA dispatched Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) and will face Brazil in one of Friday’s semifinal matches of the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup. The winners had the advantage in blocking (9-4) and also in the serves category (7-3).

The Dominicans will play now for the fifth place against the losers of the other quarterfinals contest between Canada and hosts Puerto Rico later on Thursday.

Jayson Jablonski led USA with 12 points, Robert Tarr added 11, including three blocks and two aces, and Carson Clark contributed 9 points. Dominican Jose Caceres topped the defeated team with 11 points.

“These two teams have played each other many times and it was a good battle,” American Coach Richard McLaughlin said. “We started well and kept it going with good serves. The Dominican Coach does a good job with his talented team.”

“The Americans were the superior team by far,” Dominican Coach Jacinto Campechano said. “They dictated the game with their serves and didn’t let us play. We need to be more consistent but to get that we also need to play more international matches.”  

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