Dominican Republic storm past Argentina


Tijuana, Mexico, October 5, 2013 – The Dominican Republic stormed past Argentina to capture a straight set victory (25-14, 25-18, 25-16) in a match of Pool A of the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship on Saturday night at the Baja California High Performance Center.


The winners held a big margin of 8-3 in the aces category and also were better in the blocking department with a 7-5 advantage.


Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Yonkaira Peña topped the offensive charts of the winners with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Brayelin Martinez contributed 10 tallies. Rodriguez registered four of the eight aces recorded by the Dominican side.


Maria Calvete and Virginia Granado were the main offensive players of the losing team with 9 and 7 points, respectively.


Brayelin Martinez, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We feel good after winning the first match, which is always a little bit difficult. We played against a good team and the difference was our defense at the net and in the field.


Antonela Curatola, Captain of Argentina: It was a difficult debut against a team with the power of Dominican Republic. Their serves complicated our reception and we failed too much, especially at the end of the second set after the score was tied at 18-all.


Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: I am very glad to take this first match out of our way because the girls were a little anxious after training for a long time. I think that our serves made things easier for us and helped our defence, We touched many balls at the net and produced with our counter-attacks.