Dominican Republic win battle against Canada
TIJUANA, Mexico, April 30, 2012 – Dominican Republic bested
Canada in four sets (25-12, 27-25, 21-25, 25-15) for its second
victory in Pool A of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification
Tournament on Monday at the Multi Sport Gymnasium of Tijuana.
The Dominican side had a 10-9 edge in the blocks but dominated
in the aces category 11-2.
Bethania De La Cruz had a match-high 26 points, including six
serving aces, to lead the Dominican Republic attack. Annerys
Vargas added 17 with four blocks and two aces while Milagros
Cabral and Gina Mambru chipped in 14 and 10 respectively.
Sarah Pavan was tops for Canada with 24 points and Sherline
Holness added 10 tallies.
“We are glad but not happy with the result or the way we
played,” Cabral said. “But as I always say, we have to leave
this game behind and focus on the match of tomorrow against
“We played good volleyball for moments but I don’t think we have
played our best volleyball so I hope we can show it in the next
few games,” Canada’s Tammy Mahon said.
Marcos Kwiek, the coach of Dominican Republic stated: “Our serve
continued to be very good and we played good overall defense
even though our reception faulted at times. It was important to
play against a team like Canada for us to get into a good
“We made some adjustments after the problems with the strong
serves in the first set and played better than the day before,”
Canada’s Coach Arnd Ludwig said. “The tournament really starts
on Wednesday with the quarterfinals.”