Mexico prevails against Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2021 – Mexico edged Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13) to close the preliminary round of the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Tuesday.


Both teams finished with 3-2 record but the Dominicans claimed the third position with 15 points to 14 of Mexico.


In Wednesday’s semifinals United States will meet Mexico and Canada will face Dominican Republic.


Diego Gonzalez led Mexico with 26 points, followed by Josué López and Jorge Hernández with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Dominican Henry Tapia recorded a tournament-high 32 points in the losing effort, while Alexis Cruz finished with 20.


Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: “This competition is helping us a lot, regardless winning or losing. The boys are getting experience and moving forward in the middle of tough situations. We have to be patient with them and keep playing.”


José Mañón, coach of Dominican Republic: “We were in the game for the first sets, but the problem with the Dominican teams is that they don’t know how to close the matches. Once they get over confident, the game gets complicated. Now, the important match is tomorrow since the winner moves into the finals.”