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 side.


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 experience.


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.