The Warriors beat Mauricio Báez, they smell like champions

The Santo Domingo Warriors claimed a demanded victory over Mauricio Báez in four sets to enter history as the first champion of the Men’s Superior Volleyball League (LVS).

Héctor Alexis Cruz punished the rivals with 22 points and returned to command the attack of the Warriors, who beat the Mauritian collective 25-22, 25-17, 16-25 and 26-24, in the second game of the final series that takes place in the Ricardo -Gioriver- Arias volleyball palace, of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.

The Warriors set the stage and this Friday they will jump to the taraflex to try a sweep that would make them the unprecedented champions of the LVS men’s tournament in its first version.

“We worked hard to get to this stage and now we are redoubling our efforts to win the crown,” said gunner Héctor Cruz.

He specified that his goal and that of all his teammates is to finish the series in tomorrow’s clash (Friday). “The objective is to close everything in the next game, not only mine but also my teammates,” added Cruz, who with 22 points commanded the first triumph of the Warriors last Tuesday (25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17).

César Alberto Díaz was a good offensive complement for Cruz, scoring 19 points in the match. Juan Daniel Félix led Mauricio Báez’s offense with 22 points, Sindy Roque produced 17 and star Jhonatan Mercedes, a sore calf since the first game of the series, only contributed 11 points.

The Warriors floated smoothly to take the first two sets against Mauricio Báez who seemed unresponsive in every game.

However, the defeated reacted in the third set to extend the actions and fought on equal terms in a close fourth set that was tied 13 times.

“We had a great team game, but we failed some in some details in sets three and four, Mauricio raised his level and they took advantage of those mistakes of ours to give us the battle,” said Warriors coach, Brazilian Wagner Pacheco.

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He cited that his team deteriorated in the effectiveness of the serve and the blocking, but that they knew how to react to close a tight fourth game and take the victory that places them within a triumph of the crown.

Two blocks followed by Jean Carlos Espinal and César Alberto Díaz, after respective shots by Jhonatan Mercedes and Sindy Toribio, contributed the two points of difference in the fourth quarter when the board marked 24 points for both sextets.

“We congratulate the Warriors for their victory, they managed to get out of the difficult moments in the fourth set. Now we have to continue fighting and return on Friday to try to win the game and extend the series, “said the foreman of Maurivio Báez, Wilson Sánchez.

For his part, Mercedes specified that his team failed by not entering the first two sets to battle each point hard as they did in the next two.

“We did not enter with a goal at the beginning of the game. When we got warm we put the opponent in trouble, but we were already down 0-2 on the scoreboard and that ended up weighing down, “explained Cruz, who said he did not play at full capacity due to a calf injury suffered in the first match of the league. final.

Resumes this friday

Both finals recess this Thursday and will resume on Friday starting at 6:00 in the afternoon.

In the first hour, the women’s final will continue with the Cristo Rey Volleibol Club and Caribeñas New / Horizons sextets.

At 8:00 pm the Warriors of Santo Domingo and Mauricio Báez Volleyball Club will play.

The championship in its two branches is organized by the National District Volleyball Association, chaired by Ángel Rivas.

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