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DR defeats USA in men’s volleyball in Pan American Cup

The Dominican Republic men’s volleyball team defeated Team USA in the 12th Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup on Tuesday, 26 July 2017. The tournament is taking place in Gatineau, Canada.

The win was described as “surprising” and was in three sets (24-14, 24-12 and 24-19) in just over an hour. Players Elvis Contreras and Wilfrido Hernández led the winners’ production with 13 points each. Jake Langlois was the USA’s top scorer with seven points. Previously, Team DR had lost to Cuba in four sets in its first match in the tournament. The DR next plays Mexico on Thursday, 27 July and has a chance at making it to the quarterfinals on 28 July.

Commenting on the game, Jonah Seif, captain of USA said: “I think the Dominicans were the aggressors today and we kind of played hesitant. We just weren’t executing the game plan we talked about before the match. …. I think we need to re-set and just focus on Cuba. If we dwell on this game, it will just hold us back. If we can just be more aggressive in serving and attacking and our setting today wasn’t that good, and our passers hung in there; but we’re a strong team when we play well…..”

Orlando Samuel Blackwood, Dominican Republic’s head coach: “Today we played better. We had good serving, passing, hitting and defense. This team has not played a lot together, this is only their second match. Now we are focused on Mexico; we have to win that match.”

Source: DR1, Norceca

July 27, 2017

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