Dominican Republic engage in friendly series
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 27, 2017 – Cuba and
Dominican Republic U20 teams have split the first two matches of
the friendly women’s volleyball series taking place in Santo
Domingo ahead of the age-group FIVB World Championship in Boca
del Rio and Cordoba, Mexico from July 7 to 16.
Dominican Republic is already qualified to the world event as
NORCECA champions while Cuba will be among the teams battling
for a single vacancy assigned to the confederation at the Pan
American Cup to be held in Costa Rica from May 6 to 14.
Dominican side won the first match in straight sets 3-0 with
Vielka Peralta leading the offense with 17 points, followed by
Madeline Guillen, Erika Asencio and Geraldine Gonzalez with 14,
12 and 11 points, respectively.
winners dominated in blocks (8-3) and aces (4-1). They also held
the advantage in attacks (53-47).
Cubans reacted to claim a 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20) in
the second contest of the three-match series. A match in the U23
class is also scheduled.
Ailama Cese, Diaris Perez and Heidy Casanova topped the Cuban
attack with 18, 17 and 15 points, respectively. Peralta had a
match-high 20 points for the Dominican side, followed by Asencio
who finished with 15 points in the loss.
team scored with 12 aces and 6 blocks while Cuba held the
advantage in attacks 52-41.