Dominican Republic subdues Cuba

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 13, 2021 – Dominican Republic breezed past Cuba in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-20) to close day one at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Monday night.

The home side dominated from the first whistle and never looked back subduing the young Cuban squad in every facet of the game.

Dominican Yonkaira Peña with 13 points was the only player in the match who reached double digits in the scoring charts. Vielka Peralta and Geraldine Gonzalez added 9 and 8 points, respectively, in the victory.

Thalia Moreno, Claudia Tarin and Dayana Martinez each had 6 points for Cuba.

Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “At the beginning of the tournament there is always some stress, but I think we had a good start. We played well focused which is the important thing. We knew the Cuban team was a young one, so we have to press them and everything went well.”

Joel Olazabal, coach of Cuba: “The team started somehow restrained. We have many young players who are new to the international competitions. What we did was to give them opportunity to play and enjoy being on the court. We have a lot of deficiencies to correct and make the adjustments little by little.”