Dominican Republic confirms Women’s U-23 Pan Am Title
ICA, Peru, September 13, 2014. - Dominican Republic wins their
second consecutive U-23 Women’s Pan American Title beating
Colombia 3-1 (24-26, 27-25, 25-23, 25-11) in the Gold Medal
match of the tournaments’ second edition at Jose Oliva Razzeto
Coliseum in the City of Ica.
The match was well disputed in the first three sets a strong
performance from both sides, longer rallies, strong kills and
similar errors; it was up to the fourth period when the
champions’ blocking crushed Colombia’s offensive line over the
The outstanding Dominican blocking once again was their weapon
surpassing Colombia with a huge 22-6 advantage. Colombia did
better in attacks by 52-47 and both scored 4 points via aces.
Dominicans made 23 unforced errors against 23 from Colombia.
Captain Brayelin Martinez scored a match-high of 26 points, with
20 kills, 4 blocks and 1 ace, also opposite Gaila Gonzalez
contributed to the winning cause with 23 points and outside
hitter Yonkaira Peña added 13. Colombia’s double-digit scorers
were Amanda Caneo (14), Ivonee Montaño (13), Diana Arrechea (12)
and Maria Martinez (10).
Top scorer, captain Brayelin Martinez, said “I am very proud of
my team that was able to finish in first place on second
occasion in this tournament.”
Colombian captain Maria Marin expressed “today Colombia couldn’t
take advantage of the opportunities presented during the match.
In the second set we were up by five points and Dominican
Republic tied and won the match. Colombia is a team used to
playing final matches, during the past month we have played two,
at the South American championship in Colombia and now the Pan
American Cup; they have more experience as well as Brazil and we
hope no to get used to playing them but winning them and not end
with the silver medal”.
Wagner Pacheco de Brazil, head coach of Dominican Republic
thanked his group “the players got involved in their technical
preparation, I am very glad that they played with
aggressiveness, and hot blooded that made the team come out of
difficult moments and seal with the victory. I congratulate
Mauro because he has done a good job with this team and grown in
a short period of time”.
Brazilian coach Mauro Marasciulo, for Colombia said, “It’s
difficult to work in Colombia where there is little competition,
in the second set we held an advantage but the Dominicans cached
up with three service points. Nevertheless we are happy with the