MORELIA, Mexico, September 29, 2015.-Dominican Republic defeated
Mexico 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-23) and booked one of the four
tickets to the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament while
finishing first in Pool B at the NORCECA Women’s Continental
Dominicans advanced into the semifinals with 3-0 record and 13
points. Mexico takes third place with 2-1 record and 7 points.
Mexico faces Canada in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Dominican Republic overpowered against Mexico. The Dominicans
won the first set with comfortable margin. In the second set,
Mexico’s serves were more effective as well as in the third set.
As expected, Dominicans’ experience and better control of the
actions to seal the win.
Dominican Republic held huge advantage in kills with 40-27
margin; in blocks both scored 4 points and Mexico’s serves were
more effective 5-2. Dominicans scored on 29 errors from Mexico.
Outside Hitter Yonkaira Peña led Dominican scorers with 12
points, all in kills, followed by Opposite Gina Mambru with 8
points, Middle Blocker Marianne Fersola and Outside Hitter
Brayelin Martinez who only played two sets, tallied 6 points
each. Mexico’s offense was led by Opposite Dulce Carranza with
11 points and Outside Hitter Andrea Rangel with 9 points.
Niverka Marte of Dominican Republic said “playing against Mexico
at their home is not an easy task. In the third set we had too
many errors. In general our performance was solid. We are glad
to continue with our Olympic bid”.
“The Dominican players kept their same rhythm while we improved
using well our resources. The only way to be more consistent is
to play more. Against Canada we need to be aggressive with our
serves” said captain Dulce Carranza.
Dominican Republic coach, Brazilian Marcos Kweik said “Mexico
was playing for their life and they put up a good fight in the
third set, they played at a good level. As a group, we are more
solid and with more experience, so we were able to control
better and powered up our kills. We play each match as a final
and we always want to win every championship”.
Coach Jorge Azair of Mexico said “it’s always a learning
experience playing against Dominican Republic, it’s good for our
team, and we lost to the No. 5 team in the world, with the best
libero in the world. We have young players in our group, and
they executed well against a tough team. It will be a nice
surprise to finish among the top four”.