SANTO DOMINGO – At the end of the third day of the Men’s Senior South American Cup held at the Palazzo Ricardo Gioriver Arias Nico volleyball, the Dominican Republic and Canada faced the undefeated, with the Canadians making better use of 3-1 (20-25, 25- 23, 25-15, 25-16).
The winning team’s top scorer (Canada 4-0) is Brody Hoover with 21 points, in addition to Jesse Elser 17 and Jackson Howe 11.
While the main players in the defeat were (Dominican Republic 3-1): Hector Cruz 13 points and the only point in double digits. Others, Henry Tapia 8, Dawlin Mendes 5 and Wilfredo Hernandez 6.
In the first set of the match, the Dominican Republic started with a good balance, reaching technical time with an advantage of 8-4; Then for the second TT, the Canadians were forced to ask when they saw the Dominicans trailing 11-5 and then did so with a 13-5 score. Although the strategy was unsuccessful and the proceedings were halted, the Dominicans won 16-9. At the end of the period, leadership is achieved by local residents 25-20.
Already for the second set, the match was initially closed, reaching the first technical half 8-7 in favor of the Dominicans. But the Canadians recovered and came first to 16 points to the Quisqueyans’ 13. Coming back from the short break comes the reaction of the Dominicans who equalize the match 19-19 and force Canada to ask for time, who gets up and wins 25-23.
While in the third set, Canada came out strong on a five-point rise before failing to serve. At this point in the game, the Dominicans had 24 fouls compared to only 10, so they hit the first technical timeout with the 8-1 scoreboard, and the Northerners won, repeated the dose in the second technical break 16-5 and eventually managed to win 25-15.
In Group D, the more focused Dominican Republic started to lead 6-4, but Canada recovered and reached their first technical lead time 8-7. The second mandatory break came quickly as Canada looked to finish the match 16-11 strong. And it was only a matter of time before those led by Benjamin Josephson approached the score 25-16.