United States edge Dominican Republic in five sets
MEXICO CITY, México, August 19 2013 - The United States defeated
Dominican Republic 3-2 (26-24, 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 15-7) in the
first match of Pool B at the VIII Men’s Pan American Volleyball
The Americans dominated the first two sets, but the team coached
by Osiel Vázquez came back in the third and fourth sets thanks
to the work of Elvis Contreras, Wilfrido Hernández and José
Miguel Cáceres, who scored 22, 11 and 10 points.
However United States’ Taylor Sander and Jacek Ratajczak were
keys for the American victory in the fifth set and finished with
19 and 14 points.
“It is always a motivation to play against the United States. It
is a team with a lot of tradition and with a high level. We have
only trained and went out to this match without a lot of
exposure or experience like them,” said Dominican coach Osiel
American coach Shawn Patchell said: “It was a good match for
both teams, we felt nervous in the beginning, had some trouble
in the third and fourth sets. We could not stop Caceres, but
pulled out and improved our service. I am happy for this win”.
Altitude of Mexico City was also considered a factor for both
teams. “We practice normally in California, in Anaheim, and now
we had to acclimate here”, said USA’s Captain Ryan Ammerman.
“We are at the sea level in Dominican Republic, so we had to
work hard on this match and also the next ones,” Captain Jose