Dominican Republic and Mexico open with victories in BC
TIJUANA, Mexico, March 8, 2013 – Dominican Republic and Mexico
opened with victories in the Baja California Female
International Volleyball Cup at Baja California High Performance
Center on Friday.
The U-20 Dominican side scored a 25-13, 25-21 victory over the
Baja California U-18 team while Mexico, a combined team of U-20
and U-18 players won 25-23, 25-20 over the Baja California U-20.
Pamela Soriano tallied 15 points to lead the strong attack of
the Dominican side coached by Brazilian Wagner Pacheco, who was
pleased with the performance of his pupils.
“We feel great playing here, because Baja has always been a
place that brings good luck to us,” Pacheco said. “I still
remember when we won our silver medal at the Junior World
Championship and also here our senior team qualified here to the
In the other match of Friday, Alejandra Isiordia made successful
comeback after three months rehabbing from a back surgery. She
finished with 6 points following Andrea Cruz’s 7 as the top
scorers of Mexico.
“It really feels great to be back on court,” Isiordia said. “I
had to be patient but at this time I am back on track and
working hard for the World Championship.”
On the other side of the net, last year’s MVP of the cup Seomara
Sainz topped the losing team with seven points.
“I have switched between the two squads in order to have somehow
a double preparation both with the national team for the world
championship and with the state squad for the national
festival,” Sainz said.
Mexico and Dominican Republic teams are preparing for the FIVB
Junior and Youth World Championship later this year while Baja
California will play hosts at the National Olympic Festival on
Saturday’s action features a volleyball marathon with each team
playing three matches, including the semifinals.