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
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”.