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Dominicans win Central American and Caribbean Games

 
The Dominican Republic won their first ever volleyball men's gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games
 
Cordoba, Mexico, November 30, 2014 - The Dominican Republic recorded their first ever men's volleyball gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games with a thrilling five-set 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 24-22) victory over three-time defending champions Puerto Rico at Arena Cordoba on Sunday night.

Jose Alvarez, the Cuban coach of the Dominican Republic, said: “We spent seven months working hard and we had to recover from many setbacks as we were not able to qualify to the World Championships and the World League. We knew that we had great potential. This was a great match, played at a high level. I could say that it felt like a World League match.”

Elvis Contreras led the way for the Dominican attack with 32 points, followed by Jose Miguel Caceres with 27 points. Hector Soto finished with 26 points for the defeated Puerto Rican squad.

Contreras, who was the top scorer of the tournament with 103 points, was named in the All-Star Team as First Outside Hitter and was also selected as the competition's Most Valuable Player.

“We had a long training camp in Cuba and I think it helped us a lot to achieve this goal," Contreras said. "We are so glad about this medal. It is special as we can show that we are able to make it.”

The Dominicans have won silver twice – in 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica and in 1986 in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

In the match for the bronze medals, Cuba defeated Mexico in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 43-41, 25-22) with a second set which lasted 48 minutes and set a record for the Games with 84 points scored by the two teams.

Osmany Uriarte led Cuba with 23 points while Javier Jimenez and Livan Osoria finished with 14 points apiece. Mexico’s Ivan Marquez had 17 in the losing effort.

In the early matches on Sunday, Venezuela defeated the Bahamas 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-14) for fifth place and Colombia beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-13) for seventh place.

All-Star Team
First Outside Hitter: Elvis Contreras, DOM
Second Outside Hitter: Javier Jimenez, CUB
First Middle Blocker: Wilfrido Hernandez, DOM
Second Middle Blocker: German Recio, DOM
Opposite Player: Jose Caceres, DOM
Setter: Leandro Macías, CUB
Libero: Jesus Rangel, MEX

Individual Awards
Best Scorer: Elvis Contreras, DOM
Best Receiver: Jorge Quiñonez, MEX
Best Digger: Pedro Cabrera, PUR
Best Server: Javier Jimenez, CUB
Most Valuable Player: Elvis Contreras, DOM

Best Scorers
103 - Elvis Contreras, DOM
90 - Osmany Uriarte, CUB
88 - Javier Jimenez, CUB
81 - Hector Soto, PUR
78 - Carlos Guerra, MEX
75 - Jose Miguel Caceres, DOM
73 - Kervin Piñerua, VEN
70 - Maurice Torres, PUR
70 - Daniel Vargas, MEX
61 - Emerson Rodriguez, VEN

Most Blocks
14 - Wilfrido Hernandez, DOM
14 - German Recio, DOM
14 - Kevin Carabali, COL
12 - Maurice Torres, PUR
12 - Emerson Rodriguez, VEN

Most Aces
11 - Pedro Rangel, MEX
10 - Javier Jimenez, CUB
9 - Emerson Rodríguez, VEN
9 - Kervin Piñerua, VEN
8 - Maurice Torres, PUR

Top Scorer by Day
23 - Elvis Contreras of Dominican Republic v Colombia on November 25
22 - Elvis Contreras of Dominican Republic v Mexico on November 26
23 - Humberto Machacon of Colombia v Mexico on November 27
32 - Carlos Guerra of Mexico v Venezuela on November 28
22 - Elvis Contreras of Dominican Republic v Cuba November 29
32 - Elvis Contreras of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico on November 30

Top Scoring Performances
32 - Carlos Guerra of Mexico v Venezuela on November 28
32 - Elvis Contreras of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico on November 30
27 - Jose Miguel Caceres of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico on November 30
26 - Hector Soto of Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic on November 30
24 - Kervin Piñerúa of Venezuela v Mexico on November 28

Top Blocking Performances
6 - Wilfrido Hernandez of Dominican Republic v Mexico on November 26
6 - Jose Martinez of Mexico v Venezuela on November 28
6 - Jose Miguel Caceres of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico on November 30
5 - German Recio of Dominican Republic v Mexico on November 26
5 - Livan Osoria of Cuba v Dominican Republic on November 29
5 - Roberto Muñiz of Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic on November 30

Top Serving Performances
5 - Simon Blake of Trinidad & Tobago v Mexico on November 25
4 - Emerson Rodriguez of Venezuela v Puerto Rico on November 25
4 - Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Cuba on November 27

Top Team-Blocking Performances
18 - Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico on November 30
15 - Venezuela v Mexico on November 28
14 - Dominican Republic v Mexico on November 26
14 - Puerto Rico v Mexico on November 29
13 - Colombia v Mexico on November 27

Top Team-Serving Performances
10 - Venezuela v Puerto Rico on November 25
9 - Cuba v Venezuela on November 26
9 - Venezuela v Bahamas on November 27

Highest Scoring Sets
43-41 Cuba v Mexico (2nd Set) on November 30
32-30 Bahamas v Colombia (1st Set) on November 29
30-28 Cuba v Venezuela (1st Set) on November 26
30-28 Dominican Republic v Mexico (2nd Set) on November 26
29-27 Venezuela v Puerto Rico (4th Set) on November 25

Highest Scoring Matches
245 - Mexico d Venezuela 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 23-25, 25-23, 27-25) on November 28
236 - Dominican Republic d Puerto Rico 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 24-22) on November 30
216 - Mexico d Colombia 3-2 (27-25, 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12) on November 27







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