Dominican Republic makes return to the podium
LIMA, Peru, June 15, 2013 – Dominican Republic advanced to the
gold medal match of the Movistar Women’s Volleyball Pan American
Cup defeating Argentina 25-18, 25-18, 25-11 on Saturday at
Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima.
The victory allowed the Dominican team to secure a return to the
podium they missed last year for the first time in the history
of the competition when finished in fourth place in Ciudad
The load of the winning offense was shared by Prisilla Rivera,
Candida Arias and Bethania De la Cruz with 13, 12 and 11 points
respectively. Annerys Vargas chipped in with eight. Paula
Nizetich topped Argentina with 11 points and Emilce Sosa had 7.
The winners held advantages of 40-28 in attacks, 9-6 in blocks
and 5-2 in the service aces category.
“To be in the final is something the team deserved after working
very hard,” the Brazilian Coach of Dominican Republic Marcos
Kwiek commented. “We celebrated during the match and now we need
to concentrate for the final match which will be a tough one no
matter the rival.”
“Argentina is a fiery battling team and thank God we were able
to defeat them,” Dominican Republic’s Captain De la Cruz said.
“We are very happy about reaching the finals as we worked hard
to get there.”
Guillermo Orduna, the Argentinean coach said: “The team didn’t
play well, played too relaxed. It was a very atypical game and
we were carried out by the intensity of the match.”
The captain of Argentina pointed out the factor of lack of focus
as one of the main reasons for the defeat.
“We entered in the court out of focus and Dominican Republic
played very well and they deserve our congratulations. Now we
only have to battle for third place.”