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 net.


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 result”.