Dominican Republic books ticket to Olympic Qualifier



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 Championship.


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”.