USA edge Dominican Republic in five sets
Mexico City, Mexico, August 20, 2013 – Defending champions United States, Brazil and Mexico opened with victories in the first day of the VIII Men’s Pan American Cup at Juan de la Barrera Gymnasium on Monday.
USA's Joshua Taylor spikes past the Dominican Republic defence at the net|
While Brazil and Mexico claimed their victories in straight sets over Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago respectively, the American side had to battle for five sets against a resilient Dominican Republic.
The top ranked team at the end of the event, not already qualified to the FIVB 2014 World League, will be granted a ticket to the qualification round of the world men’s annual event later this year.
“It was a good match for both teams,” U.S. Coach Shawn Patchell said. “We had some trouble in the third and fourth sets when we could not stop (Jose) Caceres, but then pulled out and improved our service. I am happy for this win”.
The high altitude of Mexico City was also a factor considered by both teams.
“We practice normally in California, in Anaheim, and now we had to acclimate here”, USA’s Captain Ryan Ammerman said.
“We are at sea level in Santo Domingo, so we had to adjust and work hard in our next matches,” the Dominican Caceres said.
Brazil 3, Puerto Rico 0
Brazil opened its participation at the VIII Men’s Pan American Cup with a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico (25-13, 26-24, 25-17). Renan Zanatta Buiatti finished as scoring leader for Brazil with a total of 13 points, while Ulises Maldonado scored 11 for the Puerto Ricans. The Brazilian squad arrived to Mexico City with a group comprised mostly of U23 players and only four veterans.
United States 3, Dominican Republic 2
The United States defeated Dominican Republic 3-2 (26-24, 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 15-7) in the first match of Pool B. The Americans dominated the first two sets, but the team coached by Osiel Vázquez came back in the third and fourth sets thanks to the work of Elvis Contreras, Wilfrido Hernández and José Miguel Cáceres, who scored 22, 11 and 10 points. However United States’ Taylor Sander and Jacek Ratajczak were keys for the American victory in the fifth set and finished with 19 and 14 points.
Mexico 3, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Mexico opened with a victory over Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19) in pool B. Tomas Aguilera was the leading scorer for the winners with a total of 14 points while Jesus Valdes registered 8 for Mexico. On the Trinidadian side, captain Nolan Tash and Simon Blake scored 5 each.
- Birarelli eyes successful Club World Championship comeback
- 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Media Guide now available
- Tianjin, Taipei enjoy second win in Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship
- Top players on form for clubs ahead of World League
- Tsvetan Sokolov dreams of becoming Bulgaria's champion with Marek one day
- Venezuelans back in tandem for Fuzhou Open
- Favourites have field day at Asia Volleyball Women’s Club Championship
- Makowski announces Polish 22 player roster for the year ahead
- Thailand and Iraq claim gold at latest Asian Beach Volleyball Tour event
- VolleyWorld reflects on a truly Italian affair with the Women’s World Championship Drawing of Lots
- England looks forward to hosting CEV Continental Cup tournament
- "ThrowbackThursday" recognizes anniversary of FIVB Constitutional Congress
- Poland announces men’s national team roster for 2014 season
- Wallace boosts Sada Cruzeiro ahead of Club World Championship
- FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship wild cards go to Trentino and Al-Rayyan
- Kids Beach Festival praised as fantastic experience
- Matin Varamin claim Asian Club Championship title, ticket to FIVB Men's Club Championship
- Baic Motor claim third spot with win over Kondensat-Zhaikmunay at Asian Men’s Club Championhip
- Beach Volleyball Seminar sets scene for season ahead
- Chinese Taipei finish fifth, host place seventh at Asian Men’s Club Championship
- Sierra Leone men and Rwanda women top podium of African qualifiers for Youth Olympic Games
- Al-Rayyan, Matin Varamin in finals of Asian Club Championship for ticket to FIVB Men's Club Championship
- Alison and Bruno continue impressive form
- FIVB World Tour champs hitting top form
- Sada Cruzeiro take Superliga title on their way to Club World Championship in May
- Serbian Beach Volleyball duo to celebrate FIVB Grand Slam debut in Shanghai
- Chinese Taipei, Iraq's South Gas Club Sports to fight for fifth place of Asian Men’s Club Champs
- Organisers of Moscow Grand Slam unveil plans for a memorable 2014 edition
- Kovac looking forward to getting to grips with Iranian national team
- Kondensat-Zhaikmunay, Matin Varamin, Al-Rayyan, Baic Motor cruise to semis of Asian club championship
- Argentina and Chile take gold in Tucuman stop of South American Beach Tour
- Zurich glory for Swiss and German duos
- Match times announced for FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship first round
- CEV President signs agreement with Danish Federation to establish Europe’s fifth Regional Volleyball Development Centre
- Field takes shape as more teams book ticket to Youth Olympic Games
- Watch skilled young athletes and training videos on FIVB Development YouTube
- Puerto Rican and American boys ticketed to Nanjing
- Puerto Rican and Canadian girls grab spots to Nanjing
- Top New Zealand pair out to boost beach volleyball’s profile before taking on world
- Volero Zurich leads national teams, as preparations begin for FIVB Women's Club Championship
- American duo breezes past opponents in day one in Carolina
- Canadian twins steal the show in Carolina
- South Gas Club Sports, Matin Varamin, Al-Rayyan, Baic Motor top their pools in Asian Club preliminary round
- Aussie pair takes important first step before FIVB World Tour
- Qatar, Vanuatu share honours at Khanom Asian Beach Volleyball Tour
- Al-Rayyan on course to a clean sweep in the preliminaries
- Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Qatar, China clubs remain unbeaten after Day 3 of Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship
- FIVB stars on show as Swiss Tour gets underway
- Lases Cup comes to another successful end in Latvia
- Iran's Matin Varamin overcome Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler at Asian Men’s Club Championship