Dominican Republic gets women’s bronze medal



TORONTO, Canada, July 25, 2015 – The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21) to win the bronze medal at the women’s volleyball of the Pan American Games at Toronto Exhibition Center on Saturday.


It is the second medal in the Pan American Games volleyball history for the women’s Dominican team who won the gold at home in Santo Domingo in 2003.


Veterans Annerys Vargas and Prisilla Rivera, who were members of the gold medal team twelve years ago, were among the most productive offensive players in the match with 13 and 10 points, respectively, with Vargas recording seven blocks. Brayelin Martinez had 12, Gina Mambru added 10 and Yonkaira Peña came off the bench to contribute nine valuable points.


Puerto Rican Karina Ocasio led all the players in the match with 27 points, 25 via attacks. Aury Cruz and Stephanie Enright finished with 13 and 10, respectively, in the loss.


Puerto Rico committed 37 unforced errors to 25 y the winners. The Dominican Republic held the advantage in blocks 12-8 while the losers led in attacks 54-46.


Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “We are so happy about winning this medal because that’s what we worked for. We could have gone further but we had a lot of difficulties with a lot of injuries. We never had our group 100 % and it was a hard work to win the medal. The girls deserve all the credit for their dedication.”


Prisilla Rivera, player of Dominican Republic: “As I said before, we came here looking for a gold medal and we go home with the bronze. A medal is a medal and I am satisfied with that. It is a great accomplishment for Dominican volleyball and for our country. I had more participation in winning this medal than in 2003 when I was just 18 years old. But the feeling is great and now we can enjoy the fruits of our hard work.”


José Mieles, Coach of Puerto Rico: “I’m really proud of my players. They showed that they can play at the highest level, world class level. They played against the numbers 1, 2 and 5 of the world. It is sad that a match like this had to depend on a referee decision during it. This is not an excuse, we were 21-17 and four calls were whistled. That is sad and questionable for such spectacular event like this. Congratulations to Dominican Republic. We always play very good matches. We have to move on and prepare for the Grand Prix finals in Poland”


Aury Cruz, Player of Puerto Rico: “We knew that this match was going to be very tough. Obviously matches against them (Dominican Republic) have always been like that full of emotions and aggressiveness. We began playing a so calmed game with no execution. Later on in the third set we came out and improved. They had a good side out, we had to work on that.  This is not over yet. I’m sure we will match again in the future. We still have two more tournaments and also have to prepare for the Olympic Qualification. We have to move on and keep on playing like we have been doing”.