Dominican Republic blows out Panama to take Group K gold
The Dominicans needed just 67 minutes to secure their fourth consecutive 3-0 win in the two-day tournament, and gain a berth in the third round of the world championships, with Poland in 2014 the ultimate goal.
The winners joined St Lucia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras as second round pool winners with secured tickets to the NORCECA third round of tournaments. The sixth and final second round men’s tournament will take place on August 10-11.
Showing what stuff they are made of, the Dominicans never gave the Panamanians any time to settle and dutifully carried out their game plan.
The top scorer for the Dominican was their influential captain – Jose Miguel Caceres who added another 13 points to his tally.
Delighted at his team triumph, the Coach of the Dominican Republic Osiel Vasquez said: “We came here to do a job and we did an excellent job. We played in the tournament undefeated and got the qualification we were looking for and that is important thing”.
Looking to the next phase of the qualifications, team captain Caceres thinks the Dominican Republic possess a very good team, which with corporate support can get even better.
Caceres believes for the Dominican Republic to go all the way to Poland, such resources are necessary.
“We are going to meet very strong teams in the next round and we will need a lot of training, camping and so on and you need resources to do so”, Caceres further stated.
St Vincent & Grenadines 3, British Virgin Islands 1
Team Captain Cassius Franklyn and Kemaul Lee, registered 20 points and 13 points, respectively, as St Vincent and the Grenadines rallied back from a set down to take the third spot with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18) defeat of the British Virgin Islands. The main scorer for the British Virgin Islands was Canice Marquis who had 12 points. The other double digit contributor was Nevin Braithwaite with 10 points. St Vincent and the Grenadines finished with two wins and two losses, while the British Virgin Islands ended the tournament without a win, losing all four matches.
Panama 3, St Vincent and Grenadines 0
Panama steered their course manfully to oust St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-12) to record their second win in Group K. The win assured the Panamanians a shot of the group’s top honours where they will meet the Dominican Republic in the final. Ruben Cuero and Domingo Avila topped Panama with 11 and 9 points, respectively, while Gabriel Murillo, Oswald Marshall and Richard Araba each contributed seven points.
Dominican Republic 3, British Virgin Islands 0
The Dominican Republic stayed true to form as they easily dismantled the British Virgin Islands 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-11) to remain unbeaten. In a dress rehearsal for Sunday’ night rematch against Panama, the Dominicans were ruthless in the spike as Wilfrido Hernanadez and David Adames, both racked up 10 points each unleashing some thunderbolts, which their opponents had no answer. The Dominicans finished the preliminary round with all 3-0 wins, having inflicted similar defeats on St Vincent and the Grenadines and Panama previously.