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Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to play for the gold in Veracruz

Puerto Rico's Mannix Roman (14) attacks down the middle against a late blocking attempt by the Mexican defense
Cordoba, Mexico, November 29, 2014 – Three-time defending champions Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic will play for the gold medal at the men’s volleyball tournament of the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games on Sunday at Arena Cordoba.

Puerto Rico, winners of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 editions, defeated hosts Mexico 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14) in the last semifinal match of Saturday, while Dominican Republic outplayed Cuba 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 14-25, 25-20).

Juan Figueroa, Hector Soto and Maurice Torres led the Puerto Rican attack with 16, 15 and 14 points, respectively. Mexico’s Carlos Guerra finished with 15 points in the loss.

Elvis Contreras spearheaded Dominican Republic with 22 points, followed by towering Jose Miguel Caceres with 17. Javier Jimenez had 20 points for Cuba.

In addition to their three consecutive titles, Puerto Rico won four silver medals and three bronzes in the history of the competition. The Dominicans have won two silvers and two bronzes.

In the round for the 5 to 8 positions, Bahamas outdueled Colombia 3-0 (32-30, 27-25, 25-19) and Venezuela defeated Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21).


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