Dominican Republic advances into Lima 2019 semifinals undefeated
LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019. – Dominican Republic advanced into
Lima 2019 Pan American Games semifinals winning pool A
undefeated after beating host Peru 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) at
the Multisport Complex El Callao in Lima, Peru.
Dominicans physical presence and force over the net dominated
host Peru who played with character in their last pool-play
performance. Dominican Republic will play against Argentina on
Saturday’s semifinal match, while Peru goes against Puerto Rico
for the final classification fifth place match.
Dominican Republic’s stats were superior with 46-30 margin in
attacks, 8-6 in blocks and 8-2 in serves. Peru committed one
less error (13-14) than Dominican Republic.
Bethania De La Cruz led Dominicans offense with 19 points on 13
attacks, 2 blocks and 4 powerful serves, followed by Gaila
González with 13 points. Angela Leyva scored 14 points, the only
Peruvian player with double-digits.
Bethania De La Cruz, best scorer of Dominican Republic: “There
was a lot of excitement for Peru playing at home and we needed
to be confident and keep our undefeated record to move in
comfortably to the semifinals. We executed very well to finish
in three sets”.
Marcos Kwiek, Head coach of Dominican Republic: “We were well
concentrated, we continued to serve aggressively and that made
our blocking easier, our transition was very good which was
important for tomorrow’s semifinal”.
Zoila La Rosa, setter of Peru: “It’s hard on us to have lost,
even more playing at home with so many supporters, I believe we
have to keep on training. We wanted to do our best but
unfortunately it wasn’t possible, now we must raise our heads
and continue for our next goal of qualifying to the Olympics”.
Francisco Hervas, Head coach of Peru: “This was our worst
performance; we weren’t able to control Dominican Republic’s
serves and was really hard because it’s hard to face such a
physical team without controlling the fundaments of receiving.
We resisted in the first set but then we were unorganized and we
couldn’t get back into rhythm and Dominicans didn’t let us