Team USA Rolls into Championship Match with Sweep of Dominican Republic

TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 22, 2022 – Team USA continued to roll through the Pan American Cup with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-15) semifinal win over Dominican Republic on Friday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.

The United States (4-0) will play Brazil (4-0) for the championship on Saturday. Dominican Republic (3-2) will face Puerto Rico (2-3) in the bronze medal match.

Dominican Republic kept the pressure on the United States. Although the U.S. led in attacks (39-18) and blocks (4-1), the teams were tied in aces (6-6) and each team had 25 scoring errors.

Dominican opposite Ariana Rodriguez led all scorers with 14 points on a match-high 12 attacks and two aces.

Outside hitter Harper Murray led Team USA with 10 points on eight spikes, one block and one ace.

USA celebrates defeating Dominican Republic

U.S. Coach Jamie Morrison: It was nice to be pushed. The Dominicans have always been a good rival of the United States. I was happy they pushed us a little bit. We got to learn some things about our team. I’m sure tomorrow night will be a battle.

Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic: A tough game. We knew that the United States is a very strong team but I think we played well and kept up a good level of play. It is difficult to play against the United States. We are prepared and rested for tomorrow from where we can leave with a bronze medal. In short, happy.