Dominican Republic the first country to arrive in Baja
TIJUANA, Mexico, September 28, 2013.- The Dominican Republic
Women’s U23 National Team has returned to Baja California for a
Training Camp before the Age Group World Championship starts.
The team coachd by Brazilian Marcos Kwiek has a mixture of youth
and experience after most of this players participated at the
Norceca Women’s Continental Championship, celebrated in
Nebraska, United States, just a few days ago.
The Dominicans finished second at this competition that was
played in the Senior Category only behind hosts USA, coached by
Olympian and multi-medal winner Karch Kiraly.
But now it is time to go on for the Dominican squad that arrived
on Friday in the High Performance Center to become the first
foreign team in Tijuana for the World Championship Open,
scheduled from October 5th to the 12th, while the 13th is the
day for departure.
The Dominicans had a fitness session on Friday and their first
formal on court practice on Saturday
Playing and training in Baja California is nothing new for the
Dominican squad and many of these players who even made history
when they won the silver medal in 2009, when the city of
Mexicali hosted the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.
The Caribbean squad was coached by Wagner Pacheco, also a
Brazilian, who serves as Kwiek’s assitant for this championship.
The 2009 Dominican Team was a big surprise after beating top
favorite Brazil in the semifinal, while Germany conquered the
However, Dominican Republic entered in the Age Group World Elite
and also began a new hegemony in the North, Central and
Caribbean region along with Cuba and the United States.
The roster presented by Dominican Republic for this training
camp is composed of players like libero Brenda Castillo, Candida
Arias Pérez, Yonkaira Pena and Lisvel Eve Mejia, also known as
“china” (chinese) who is recovering from a severe injury
suffered in Peru by the beginning of the year.
Marianne Fersona as well as Ana Yorkira Binet, Jeocelyna
Rodriguez, Camil Dominguez and Gailac Gonzalez are also on the
roster. But there is also chance for the youngest girls who have
traveled again to a center that also could be their second home
after the “Juan Pablo Duarte” Olympic Center in Santo Domingo.
Celenia Toribio, Pamela Soriano, Brayelin and Jineiry Martinez
as well as Erasma Moreno are part of the new generation of
players that have participated at the International Level.
In the position of Libero Dominican Republic has its best and
most solid weapon with Brenda Castillo, the most awarded athlete
of the island, but also the Dominican federation has worked hard
in developing Winnifer Fernandez, as another solid option and
great backup for Castillo.
Coach Kwiek has become familar about training in Baja
California, as well as Pacheco and his second assitant, Wilson
Sánchez. The team manager is Christian Cruz, while Ruben Andisin
is the Physical therapist and Yeivic Jimenez is in charge of