LA PAZ, Baja California, June 10, 2022.-
Dominican Republic beat Costa Rica in straight
sets 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-18) in a
classification match for positions 7-10 at the
Women’s U21 Pan American Cup at Arena La Paz in
Baja California Sur.
Dominican Republic will play for seventh place
against the winner between Canada and Honduras,
while Costa Rica plays the loser for ninth
The Caribbean team had some complications in the
third set but quickly came out to win their
first match of the event prevailing with 36-21
margin in attacks, a slim 5-4 margin in blocks
and a comfortable 12-3 advantage in serves.
Three Dominicans scored double-figures, led by
setter Ariana Rodriguez with 14 points on 9
kills, one block and 4 aces, outside hitter
Marcelly Perez scored 12 points on 10 kills and
2 aces, and middle blocker Alanae Margaritha
scored 12 points.
Costa Rica’s top scorer was opposite hitter
Angelica Rodriguez with 6 points.
Cristian Cruz, Head Coach of Dominican Republic:
“We were aware we could win this match, but we
are still struggling with confidence from the
players. Tomorrow is an important match and
today I tried to move our lineup because
everyone is necessary to face our opponent,
which could be Canada. We used a 6-2 system,
using two setters that are also outside hitters,
it’s an alternative for tomorrow”.
Henry Rodríguez, Head Coach of Costa Rica:
“Against big teams like this one, we try to
score the most points we can and try to push
them to win the set, without letting our
opponent move too much ahead; today we did it in
the third set, against the Queens of the
Caribbean. We improvised with another player as
libero, trying to be ready for our last match
that could be against Honduras”.