Dominican Republic gets important win over Guatemala
WINNIPEG, Canada, September 4, 2019 -
Republic defeated Guatemala 3-1 (29-27, 25-19, 25-27, 25-18)
in Wednesday’s first match of the 2019 Men’s NORCECA
Continental Championship at the University of Winnipeg in
Dominican captain Henry Omar Tapia dominated all individual
performances with 34 points, including eight aces, 24
attacking points and two blocks.
“I am very happy because of the win today,” said Tapia. “I
think we can keep getting better and now we hope to win
tomorrow in the quarterfinals. I feel we are improving.”
Carlos Lopez and Brandon Franco of Guatemala had 13 and 12
points respectively for the losing side.
This was the Dominican Republic’s first win of the
tournament, and Guatemala is 0-3. This puts the Dominican
side in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Dominican Republic coach, Jose Alexander Gutierrez: “This
type of tournament has three levels, USA, Cuba, Canada on
one level, then Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic….
Guatemala is on another level, but we always have very tight
matches with them. It’s part of the game. It’s one of our
goals, to maintain our position… we are looking forward to
tomorrow; you never know what can happen.”
Gerardo Paz, player from Guatemala:
“We are disappointed a little bit. We started well in the
first set, but we were not able to close it at around 22 or
23, and after that our attitude was a little down. We
recovered a bit in the third, but were not able to keep on
the same track in the fourth. We played really good against
teams such as Cuba and the USA, today was not our best game,
but overall it’s been a good experience for our team.”