Dominican Republic are the NORCECA U-20 Champions
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, August 26, 2012 - Dominican Republic won the
gold medal by defeating Mexico 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 25-11)
at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship on Sunday
night at Managua’s “Polideportivo Esapaña”.
This is the first title for Dominican Republic in the history of
the competition with its seven previous editions. Dominicans
have reached the gold match in the past four editions against
USA. For Mexico this is their second silver medal.
Brayelin Martinez tallied 26 points leading the Dominicans to
win the gold in a match that lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes; Gaila
Gonzales contributed with 11 and Jineiry Martinez chipedd in
with 10 points. Lizbeth Sainz was the best for the Mexican side
with 17 points, followed by Alejandra Isiordia with 16 and
Jocelyn Urias with 14. Mexicans had 36 errors against only 15
from Dominican Republic.
Pamela Soriano captain for the champions, said:“First I
congratulate Mexico; I am very proud because we reached our
goal, proud of my team, of our coach and myself; in the third
set we loosen up because we thought we had already won.”
“We lacked concentration and courage, this last characterizes
Mexico, we were able to do better in the third but not enough,
it was a difficult match,” commented Alejandra Isiordia.
“I am very happy but the recognition is to the team and its
technical staff because I just came back from London and
incorporated to their job,” said Wagner Pacheco. He ended by
congratulating Mexico because they were the sensation of the
tournament, “thank God these two teams were in the final because
we’ve been working hard, it would have been unfair otherwise.”
Estanislao Vacino Mexico’s coach expressed: “There is no doubt
that the best team of the whole tournament won the title,
congratulations to Dominican Republic and as for us, we did a
good job against Cuba but the team needs more experience to
define matches just like this one. I like to call things by
their name and we took the third set because of a mistake in
refereeing. Mexico has done its part qualifying this year to
two world championships.”
Ranking Final 1.
Dominican Republic 2. Mexico 3. United States
Costa Rica 5. Cuba 6. Nicaragua 7.
Guatemala 8. Trinidad & Tobago 9. Antigua &