Dominican Republic to defend the title in the finals
CAÑETE, Peru, June 24, 2017 – Defending champions Dominican
Republic advanced to the gold medal match of the XVI Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar after scoring a
convincing straight-set victory 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) over
Puerto Rico at Lolo Fernandez Coliseum on Saturday.
Bethania de la Cruz and Jineiry Martinez each had 12 points as
the offensive leaders of the Dominican Republic. Brayelin
Martinez and Annerys Vargas contributed 10 and 9 points,
respectively, in the win. Puerto Rican Daly Santana was the lone
with double digits in the score sheet for the defeated side.
The winners held an advantage of 42-31 in attacks and 9-6 in
blocks with Jineiry leading the category in the match with four.
The victory earned Dominican Republic a 15th appearance on the
podium of the intercontinental tournament. They will play the
winner of the match between United States and host Peru, the
Bethania de la Cruz, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We are very
happy with the victory. Congratulations to Puerto Rico for the
good job. In spite of being very young they have a lot of power
and good ball handling. They put pressure on us and we had to
adjust the blocking and strengthen our concentration to achieve
Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “Congratulations to
the coach of Puerto Rico for the job he is doing with his team.
They are young but with many strengths and complicated us for
moments. It is very important to elevate the quality of the
teams within our zone to have better competitive level.”
Natalia Valentin, Captain of Puerto Rico: “My team is very young
and tried to grow little by little. For moments we were able to
be at their level but at the end their blocking was superior and
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “There is no doubt it has
been a big challenge to play against Dominican Republic, the
team with the best level in our region. We tried to play at
their level and for moments were took some leads but it was not