CALI, Colombia, December 3, 2021. - Brazil
defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-17, 24-26,
25-22, 25-9) winning pool B and Peru finishes
second in the women’s volleyball tournament at
the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021.
Brazil finished the preliminary round with 3-0
record, while Peru and Dominican Republic closed
with 1-2 record but Peru moved forward with 9
points against 6 of the Caribbean team.
Brazil lost four set points (24.20) to lose the
second set, the most dynamic set of all. Despite
Dominican Republic’s effort, Brazil bounced back
stronger for a dominant finish.
The South Americans led 51-46 in attacks, 9-8 in
blocks and 8-1 points from serves, limiting
their errors to 19 and scoring on 31 unforced
errors from Dominican Republic.
Outside hitter Milena Miranda was Brazil’s best
scorer with 17 points on 14 kills and 3 aces,
accompanied by middle blocker Diana Duarte with
15 points, outside hitter Mayara Barcelos and
opposite hitter Lorrayna Da Silva registered 14
and 12 points respectively.
Outside hitter Madeline Guillen of Dominican
Republic scored a match-high of 26 points;
outside hitter Flormarie Heredia chipped in with
Milena Miranda, top scorer of Brazil:
“The difficulty in the second set was our
consecutive errors, we were too anxious to close
the set fast. We’ve had several difficulties
facing the stronger teams here. Our approach,
our determination made the difference. Our
teams’ chemistry, our energy and dedication
improve with each match because we are
determined to take the gold home”.
Wagner Luiz Coppini, head coach of Brazil:
“We lost a set because of our errors; you can
give an adversary a truce, it was five errors in
a row because of our lack of concentration.
Dominicans had good attacks and blocks; we
played as planned, in our strategy set for the
game and things turned out well”.