Dominican Republic Fights off Guatemala
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, September 27, 2017 – Guatemala put
up a fight, but Dominican Republic was too strong and won the
NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship match, 25-16, 25-20,
25-18 on Wednesday.
Guatemala finishes pool play at 0-2. Dominican Republic will
play the top-seeded United States on Thursday for the pool
Dominican Republic held the height advantage and led Guatemala
in spikes (43-29), blocks (9-2) and aces (5-2). Guatemala scored
21 points on Dominican errors while committing 18.
After Dominican Republic dominated the first set, the second set
was tied at 17-17 before Dominican Republic pulled away.
Guatemala was within one point at 18-17 in the third set, but
the DR pulled away again.
Dominican captain and outside hitter Wilfrido Hernandez led all
scorers with 21 points on a match-high 19 spikes, one block and
one ace. Jose Caceres had a match-high three blocks.
Andy Leonardo led Guatemala with 15 points on 14 spikes and one
Dominican Republic Captain Wilfrido Hernandez: "We were ready
for Guatemala. We were expecting to win today because we are a
superior team versus Guatemala. Tomorrow we will try to fight.
We know that the USA is a very strong team, but we think that
we're one of the top teams in the tournament, we're willing to
fight and give it everything tomorrow.
Dominican Republic Head Coach Gladston Samuels: "Guatemala had
good fight, good spirit, tried very hard. His play (Wilfrido
Hernandez) and the middle blockers. He did a good job spiking.
He played very well. He was one of the keys today."
Guatemala Captain Gerado Gonzalez: “We actually played really
good. We were expecting to win. But they are taller than us.
That’s the first thing that is difficult. Now we are reaching
for 5th place. That will help us achieve our second
goal, which is advancing to the next qualifier.”
Guatemala Head Coach Julio Dominguez: “The positive from this
match I that the team played together. We need to improve our