Dominicans score two wins in Men’s Pool K
The NORCECA sixth ranked Dominicans scored straight-set wins over St. Vincent & Grenadines and Panama and next they face winless host British Virgin Islands on Sunday morning.
Panama and St. Vincent & Grenadines are set to clash for the other ticket to the decisive match.
The winner of the group earns a ticket to the third and final round towards the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Poland.
Dominican Republic 3, St. Vincent & Grenadines 0
The Dominican Republic underlined their status at the top seed in Group K, when they dismissed St. Vincent & the Grenadines 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-14) in opening match. The more experienced Dominicans were led in the scoring department by team captain Jose Miguel Caceres who registered 11 points and David Adames who had 9. Elnis Palomino and Wilfrido Hernandez each chipped in with 7 points. For the Vincentians, Atkins Questelles, Kemaul Lee and Cassius Franklyn all scored 5 points each.
Panama 3, British Virgin Islands 0
Panama overcame the inconvenience of having the bulk of their team arrive straight from the airport to the Multi-Purpose facility mere minutes before the start of their encounter with host the British Virgin Islands, to trump 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-14) in match two. The Panamanians started sluggishly but they got into their strides and overpowered their opponents in uncomplicated fashion. Oswald Marshall recorded 11 points and Richard Araba punched in 9 points for Panama, while Canice Marquis led the British Virgin Islands’ tally with 12 points.
Dominican Republic 3, Panama 0
An inspired and focused performance by the Dominican Republic saw them thump Panama 25-18, 25-14, 25- 22 to go the top of the standings. Again, it was Miguel Caceres who was the top contributor for the Dominican Republic as he registered 12 points and Elnis Palomino chimed in with 9 points, as the others also propped up their team’s tally. Richard Araba recorded 7 points for the Panamanians to be his team’s lead scorer. The Dominicans also led in blocks, sets and receptions, which was reflective in the intensity on the night.
St. Vincent & Grenadines 3, British Virgin Islands 1
The duo of Cassius Franklyn and Kemaul Lee combined to post 31 points to orchestra St Vincent and the Grenadines’ downing of the British Virgin Islands 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25- 12, 25-22) to get their wins column activated. Franklyn accounted for a game high 18 points and Lee recorded 13, to lead their team to their maiden victory in this the second round of the qualifiers. The win also condemned the hosts to their second defeat in as many matches, but they were able to salvage one point, having taken a set from the Vincentians.