Dominican Republic dominates Guatemala
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, August 22, 2012- Dominican Republic
dominated Guatemala in straight sets (25-7, 25-3, 25-13) in
their first match of the preliminary round at the NORCECA
Women’s U-20 Continental Championship.
The Dominicans controlled the actions with advantage of 17-2 in
blocks and a huge margin of 10-1 in aces. The Guatemalans lost
their second match while Dominican Republic are heavily walking
towards the qualification and will battle Mexico for the first
place of Pool B.
Brayelin Martinez was the highest scorer for Dominican Republic
with 27 points, including 6 blocks. Lourdes Cruz was the top
scorer for Guatemala with 6 points.
For the winners, Pamela Soriano said: “Everything went as
planned, we followed our coach’s instructions and we’re prepared
for stronger opponents.”
Guatemala’s captain Ada Villalobos was satisfied with the
result. “We responded well after two poor sets. We fought harder
in the third but it was too late and now we’ll continue to
battle for what comes ahead.
Brazilian coach Wagner Pacheco for Dominican Republic indicated
they accomplished their objectives in the first two sets.
“I made some changes in the third and the team’s rhythm slowed
down which Guatemala took advantage of, it was a good match for
us and as for Mexico, we already know each other and it’ll be a
tense match because the qualification is at stake,” he said.
“Guatemala’s conditions are obvious, we need to play with teams
of the category of the Dominicans to develop better and to put
in practice what we’ve been training. Our team responded in the
third set just as we have been preparing ourselves with a more
offensive game,” coach Julio Dominguez said.