SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2022 – The Dominican Republic Men’s National Volleyball Team left ON Tuesday for Cuba where it will participate in the International League, a qualifier for the annual FIVB Challenger to the League of Nations.
The event in Cuba will be held on June 3, 4 and 5 in the province of Pinar del Rio and the host team Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico will also participate.
“We will do our best to have a good performance by representing our country in a dignified way,” said captain Henry Tapia, a star outside hitter with notable international experience.
The team is made up of the players Henry Tapia (captain), Luis David Reinoso, Wilfredo Hernández, Erik Florián, Dawilín Méndez, Henry López, Bryan Pepén, Mario Torres, Rafael Almonte, Mason William Matos, Luke Harrison Ramírez, Luther Rosario, Moisés Alexander Ortiz and Alexis Cruz.
“This group has 18 weeks of work. We have a very clear goal and that is to continue improving in the world ranking. We are currently in 32nd place and by the end of the year we hope to be in 27th place”, declared coach Alexander Gutiérrez during the press conference held in the main hall of the Regional Center for the Development of Volleyball.
Gutiérrez, who will be assisted by coach Dante Mañón, highlighted the fact that the Creating Olympic Dreams Program (Creso) has also welcomed the top team, which will allow them to participate on equal terms with teams that at the time were very far from above in terms of training facilities and opportunities to compete internationally.