Argentina takes down Dominican Republic
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 8, 2017. - Argentina downed Dominican
Republic in straight sets 25-17, 25-18, 25-20 in opening day of
the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup at Gimnasio Nacional of San
Jose, Costa Rica.
Argentina had a well-structured performance, neutralizing
Dominicans’ strong spikers in their debut of the tournament that
grants two spots – one for the top ranked Norceca team and one
for the top South American team – for the FIVB World
Dominicans led 33-30 in spikes but Argentina was better in
blocking with 9-4 margin, as well as in service points by 3-0.
Argentina scored on 33 Dominican errors while committing 18 of
Florenca Tosi led Argentina with 10 points and Madeline Guillen
with 13 points topped Dominican Republic, they were the only
On day two, Argentina faces United States and Dominican Republic
has a rest day.
Azul Benitez, Argentina’s captain:
“We are pleased to have executed our game plan. We always study
our opponents and our performance developed well. Both
confederations have strong teams and every team deserves
respect, this tournament is very competitive
Yokaty Perez, Dominican Republic’s captain:
“Nothing was working for us, our leaders weren’t taking
responsibility during our performance; key spikers didn’t
execute and if we continue like this we won’t be able to win. We
had too many errors and Argentina plays tactically, we lacked
strength to dominate them. We had no control of the match”.
Guillermo Caceres, Argentina’s Head Coach:
“We played well, we had fewer errors than our opponent and we
took the lead. There were long rallies and it wasn’t easy to
score, Dominicans have strength and we needed to be more
tactical. I consider that every match here is a final match, all
the teams here have goo level; it will be a difficult
Wagner Pacheco, Dominican Republic’s Head Coach:
“Argentina plays very good, this is a team with a lot of
experience, they have a lot of years playing together. We need
to perform much better, I expected more from my team and I know
we could have done it better. During set three we recovered well
but we lost focus, this is proof that we can do more”.