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Puerto Rico and Venezuela move into semifinals

Puerto Rican Victor Rivera is relieved after contributing 20 points to the victory over Mexico at the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games on Tuesday
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 27, 2010 – Hosts Puerto Rico and Venezuela continued their preparations for this year’s FIVB Men’s World Championship in Italy by securing the first two semifinal berths at the XXI Central American Games men’s Volleyball tournament after finishing on top of their respective pools on Tuesday.

Two-time defending champions Puerto Rico prevailed in a four-set battle against Mexico to take Pool B while Venezuela earned a straight-sets victory work against the Dominican Republic in Pool A.

In the other match of the day, Trinidad & Tobago beat Barbados in consecutive sets.
In Wednesday’s quarterfinals, the Dominicans go against the Trinidadians while the Mexicans meet the Panamanians.

Puerto Rico v Mexico
Two-time defending champions Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-20, 25-19) to advance into the semifinal phase. Puerto Ricans Hector Soto and Victor Rivera recorded 20 points and three blocks apiece while José Rivera and Enrique Escalante charted 16 and 15 respectively. Mexicans Samuel Cordova and Jesus Rangel scored 12 and 11 tallies and Ivan Contreras, Jose Martell and Tomas Aguilera registered eight points apiece.

“We played better than the previous two matches and the schedule favors our team,” Soto said. “It was a very intense match because these two teams know each other very well but our level improved.”

Venezuela v Dominican Republic
Venezuela claimed a ticket in the semifinal round following its 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-17) victory over the Dominican Republic and with it top spot in Pool A of the competition. The Dominicans will meet Trinidad & Tobago in the quarterfinals. Veterans Harry Gomez and Ivan Marquez led Venezuela with 11 points apiece and each compiled three serving aces. Maximo Montoya contributed eight and Fredy Cedeño registered four blocks among his eight tallies. Dominicans Jose Caceres and Pedro Garcia finished with 13 and 10 points respectively.

“It was a good match and the score does not reflect the competitive level of it”, Venezuela’s coach Gilberto Herrera said. “Our serve was the key for the victory but I have to say that in many years I have not seen a Dominican team with this talent and mobility.”

Trinidad & Tobago v Barbado
Trinidad & Tobago edged Barbados in a tough three-set battle (25-23, 25-23, 27-25) and qualified to the quarterfinals as the third placed team of Pool B. Nolan Tash carried most of the offensive load of the winning side while recording 23 points and Marc Anthony Honore added 10 points. Fabian Cox and Elwyn Oxley registered 13 and eight respectively.

“We have had more chances to play against the best teams of NORCECA and that gave us more opportunities to prepare better. Both our teams have changed a lot and we will be facing each other in the Caribbean Volleyball Championships very soon,” Trinidad & Tobago’s coach Gideon Dickson said.


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