Dominican Republic capture first place in Pool A
Tijuana, Mexico, October 9, 2013 – The Dominican Republic
clinched the top place in Pool A of the FIVB Women’s U23 World
Championship Open following a straight-set (25-15, 25-21, 25-21)
victory over Mexico on Wednesday.
With a 4-1 win-loss record that included four victories y 3-0 or
3-1 score and one 2-3 defeat, the Dominicans collected 13
points, one point better than Japan, winners of their five
matches, including three by 3-2 scores, valid for two points.
In Friday’s semifinals they will meet their NORCECA rivals
United States while Japan will play against China in a battle
between teams from the Asian Confederation.
Brayelin Martonez and Jeoselyna Rodriguez finished with 16 and
11 points, respectively, leading the offence of the winners.
Erasma Moreno came off the bench and scored all her seven points
in the third set. Andrea Rangel had 14 points for the defeated
Brayelin Martinez, captain of Dominican Republic:
We feel elated with this victory and also with the chance of
being in the semifinals. Now we have to continue battling to
hopefully win the championship.
Alejandra Perales, captain of Mexico:
The Dominican team is very strong and experienced so we are
happy after playing a good game against them. For moments we
were able to control their strong attacks so we leave the
tournament with a good taste.
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic:
We are focused to play every match as a final and now we know we
have to play USA in the semis and won’t be different. Our team
has a good balance and has been improving the serves and the
defence with the tournament. Today I used Erasma Moreno in the
third set and she responded. That’s why these U23 events are so
important because players receive the chance to accumulate
Francisco Pineda, coach of Mexico:
Congratulations to Dominican Republic, a team I consider will be
among the top three at the end. I am satisfied with our
performance and now we have to continue working in our
reception, one of our main problems.