Dominican Republic Trims Puerto Rico to Reach Finals
OMAHA, Nebraska, September 20, 2013 –
Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 25-18, 26-24, 19-25,
25-21 Friday evening to earn a spot in the 2013 Visit Omaha
NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship gold-medal match on
Saturday at 8 p.m. CT.
Dominican Republic will play the winner of tonight’s second
semifinal match between host United States and Canada in the
Dominican Republic has reached the title match in each of the
last three editions of the biennial championship, including its
only gold medal in 2009. Puerto Rico will challenge the second
semifinal loser in the bronze medal match at 6 p.m. CT on
Bethania de La Cruz sparked Dominican Republic with a match-high
24 points and Gina Mambru Casilla added 16 points. Puerto Rico
was paced by Karina Ocasio’s 20 points and Stephanie Enright
contributed 13 in the loss.
Dominican Republic won the battle at the net with a 13-7 block
advantage, along with a 61-53 margin in kills. Puerto Rico
scored a 5-1 advantage in aces.
Dominican Republic Coach Marcos Kwiek: “We’re very happy with
making it to the final. That’s what we came here to accomplish.
Although we made some errors, we will have enough time to
prepare for tomorrow’s match.”
Dominican Republic Captain Bethania de La Cruz: “Our matches
against Puerto Rico are always exciting and always tough. We
needed to maintain our composure and our concentration to
execute our game plan.”
Puerto Rico Coach Jose Mieles: “We always have tough matches
against Dominican Republic. It seems like we have yearly
battles. Our team did what it was supposed to do, although I’m
not 100 percent satisfied. We didn’t get the victory. It was
still a good performance.”
The Puerto Rican captain was injured during the match and not
available to comment.
Photos of the match can be found at
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