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Cuba and Dominican Republic claim second victories at Central American and Caribbean Games

The Dominican Republic defeated Mexico to clinch their second victory in the men's volleyball tournament at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games
Cordoba, Mexico, November 26, 2013 - Cuba beat Venezuela in straight sets 3-0 (30-28, 25-18, 25-19) to claim their second win at the men’s volleyball tournament at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games.

Javier Jimenez, Osmany Uriarte and Isbel Mesa topped the Cuban arsenal with 16, 13, and 10 points respectively. Kervin Pinerua was the best scorer for Venezuela, scoring 13 points. Cuba began to struggle with their reception while Venezuela worked hard on the net to came from behind. The South Americans also combined good services, but the beginning of the match was very tight with a total of 58 combined points at the end of the first set. Cuba looked superior in block (11-3) and services (9-3), including 4 aces by Jimenez. Venezuela gave up 25 points, Cuba only 19.
Puerto Rico 3-0 Bahamas
Puerto Rico improved their record to 1-1 at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games after a three sets victory over Bahamas 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-10). Maurice Torres scored 11 points for Puerto Rico and Roberto Muniz 9. For  the Bahamas, Byron Ferguson finished with 6. The blocking game was key for Puerto Rico, who dominated 12-4. Service was also important for Puerto Rico, after finishing 5-0 with two aces by Mannix Roman.
Colombia 3-0 Trinidad and Tobago
Colombia defeated Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-13) to get their first victory at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Carlos Alomia scored 10 points for the Colombian team while Carlos Mosquera and Kevin Caraball finished with 9 apiece. For the Trinidadians, Simon Blake topped with 9. Colombia dominated in the blocking game 10-6 and 7-0 in aces, including two by Carabali and two by Juan Camilo Ambuila.
Dominican Republic 3-1 Mexico
Elvis Contreras topped the Dominican Republic with 22 points, while José Cáceres and German Recio tallied 16 and 10  respectively in their victory over Mexico 3-1 (18-25, 30-28, 25-17, 25-21) to clinch their second victory.

For Mexico, Daniel Vargas finished with 15 points and Samuel Córdova with 10. Mexico opened the first set with a clear rhythm and dominating their Caribbean opponents. However, the second set, which also saw the two teams register 58 combined points, went to the Dominican team. The host team tried to make a comeback in the fourth, but missed some points in defence, despite getting 41 points by opponent’s errors and giving only 31. Mexico finished with more collective aces (5-4), but the Dominican Republic dominated the blocking game 14-7.


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