Dominican Republic outplays Honduras
TIJUANA, Mexico, April 29, 2012 – World No. 9 Dominican Republic
cruised to a lopsided victory (25-5, 25-5, 25-7) over Honduras
in the first match at the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification
Tournament at the Tijuana Multi Sports Gymnasium on Sunday.
The strong serves of the Dominican Republic proved to be the key
for the victory as they outscored their opponents 29-1 in the
Gina Mambrú led the way with 9 aces among her match-high 14
points. Cindy Rondon and Prisilla Rivera contributed to the
victory with 12 and 10 points including 8 and 5 aces
respectively. Candida Arias tallied 8 with five service winners.
“We always respect the rivals, no matter who they are,”
Dominican Captain Milagros Cabral said. “This was one of my
better days here talking about my health due to the changing
weather, but that is not an obstacle for hard work and keep
“I think we were a little bit tense, because we faced a very
powerful team like Dominican Republic,” Honduras Captain
Catarine Leiva said. “We have a team with very young players
that are from 15 to 20 years old.”
“This was the first step in our dream of a berth in the Olympic
Games,” Dominican Republic’s Coach Marcos Kwiek commented. “I am
happy for the return of Gina Mambru who is a key player for our
team, and the effectiveness of our services is a consequence of
very hard work”.
“We faced a lot of high balls cause we played against a very
tall team, with a lot of power, anyway It was nice to see they
were able to get things going, focusing in the pass,” Honduras
Coach Matt Winkler said.