United States against Dominican Republic for fifth place

DURANGO; Mexico, August 22, 2021.- United States beat Guatemala 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 33-31) and will play Dominican Republic for fifth place at the Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Durango, Mexico.

Outside hitter Camden Gianni of United States led all scorers with 27 points on 25 kills, one block and one ace to play for fifth place on against Dominican Republic and Guatemala for seventh against Trinidad and Tobago.

Also, with double digits in the U.S. win, opposite Jalen Penrose scored 14 points, middle blocker Merrick McHenry 12 points, including 4 blocks, while outside hitter William Rottman and middle blocker Austin Wilmot contributed 10 points each.

Outside hitter Gerardo González topped Guatemala with 18 points on 15 attacks, 2 blocks and one ace, joined by outside hitter Carlos López with 14 points.

United States held a huge advantage in attacks (67-35), a 10-7 margin in blocks and 5-1 in serves; but allowed 54 points on unforced errors while Guatemala committed 24.

Camden Gianni, leading scorer of United States: “We were super confident of what we were putting out there in the court and I think some of the guys, trusted their serve a little bit too much tonight and that’s why missed son many, including me. We did a good job in serve-receive and putting pressure on them in defense and coming out with the win. We’ve already played Dominican Republic once, so we kind of know what we’re looking at and we’ll train in the morning to recap some things and going to try and win”.

Andy Read, Coach of United States: “We used a whole different team, we came with 14 players and one of our goals was to give everybody an extended play; there are so many young guys and they needed experience, they played great. I am so happy for our setter, Sam Kobrine, Camden Gianni, everybody was out there, they trained hard and I liked how they played. For tomorrow’s game, Dominican Republic will play hard and we have everybody available for us, so it will be a well-played match”.

Gerardo González, top scorer of Guatemala: “It was a good match for Guatemala; for some of our players it’s there first experience at a senior level and they’ve taken the responsibility well, there are no changes and they’ve done a good job, we as older players are proud of them. Tomorrow we are looking to confirm our seventh place in NORCECA”.

William Fernández, Coach of Guatemala: “This team has proven its incredible sport’s quality, performing like they have without their head coach. Today we played against a team taller than us and with better physical condition and still my guys had a great level of play. Tomorrow against Trinidad and Tobago we are looking to confirm our seventh place in NORCECA ranking”.