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Mexico coach Ivan Contreras makes winning debut at Central American Games

Mexico's new coach Ivan Contreras looks on as his team prepare to take on Trinidad and Tobago
Cordoba, Mexico, November 25, 2014 - Mexico won their first match in the men's volleyball competition at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games by beating Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) in what was Ivan Contreras's debut as head coach of the Mexican team.

Carlos Guerra scored 9 points and Daniel Vargas 8 for Mexico, while Simon Blake of Trinidad and Tobago topped with 10 and captain Nolan Tash scored 9. Mexico surrendered 23 points to their opponents, while the Trinidadians gave up 28. Pedro Rangel had three of Mexico's seven aces, while Simon Blake registered Mexico's five.

In the day's other action,
the Dominican Republic won their encounter with Colombia, Cuba defeated the Bahamas, and Venezuela were victorious against Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic 3-0 Colombia
The Dominican Republic defeated Colombia 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 27-25) in the opening match of the men's volleyball competition at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games. Dominican Elvis Contreras tallied a total of 23 units, while German Recio closed with 13 (3 aces) and José Cáceres with 11. For Colombia, Alexander Moreno finished with 13 points and Adonis Herrera recorded 11. The Dominican Republic had a 4-3 service advantage and a 6-5 blocking balance. In points by mistakes, Colombia gave 16, while the Dominican Republic gave 17. The South American team were within reach of a comeback in the third set, but the Dominican blockers converted important points which helped to keep Colombia at bay.

Cuba 3-0 Bahamas

Cuba's Osmany Uriarte and Javier Jimenez scored 14 and 13 points respectively in their victory over the Bahamas 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-15) in the second match of the first day of the men’s volleyball competition. Byron Ferguson and Shedrick Forbes scored 5 points apiece for the Bahamas, who surrendered 29 points to the Cuban squad through errors, while Cuba gave up 21. Cuba produced six aces against one for the Bahamas, with three by Javier Jiménez. In the blocking department, however, the Bahamas scored 4 points against 2 by Cuba.
Venezuela 3-1 Puerto Rico
After over two hours of intense play at the Cordoba Arena, Venezuela defeated Puerto Rico in four sets 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 29-27) to win their first match. Kervin Pinerua scored 21 points for Venezuela, while Maximo Montoya closed with 15 and Emerson Rodriguez tallied 14. Jesus Chourio completed the double digits for the Venezuelan team with 12.

On the Puerto Rican side, captain Hector Soto closed with 17 points. Maurice Torres followed him with 16 and Roberto Muniz registered 10.

The Venezuelan team's strength in blocking meant a tie-breaker was unnecessary. The South American squad also dominated service 10-3, with four aces by Emerson Rodriguez and three by Pinerua.


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