AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, August 13, 2021. -
Defending champion Dominican Republic defeated
Suriname 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-14) and wins pool
A at the Women’s U23 Pan American Cup being held
at the Olympic Gymnasium of Aguascalientes.
Suriname struck hard in the first set, taking
Dominican Republic by surprise. Dominicans slow
beginning was brief, only to damage Suriname’s
game structure to easily win pool A and will
play the loser between Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Both teams had already moved into semifinals
and qualified to the 2021 Cali Junior Pan
Dominican Republic was dominant in all
categories, attacks (35-17), blocks (14-2) and
aces (2-0); they committed 25 errors and
Suriname a total of 30.
Outside hitter Madeline Guillen led Dominican
Republic with 10 points and Samaret Jailene
Caraballo followed with 7 points; setter Camila
De La Rosa and outside hitter Vielka Peralta
scored 6 points each. Margaret Ketura of
Suriname topped all scorers with 12 points.
Camila De La Rosa Captain of Dominican Republic:
“They took advantage of our overconfidence and
errors, but we organized well and got into our
rhythm to win. It doesn’t matter who play in
semifinals, we are convinced in winning gold”.
Wagner Pacheco Coach of Dominican Republic: “We
committed more than twenty errors in the first
set; the girls lost concentration, something
that can’t happen for our next two games”.
Cabriella Bouterse Captain of Suriname: “We were
really confident in our game plan, but we are
aware that we are playing at another level. The
team is motivated with what we’ve accomplished
here and we have time to improve for Cali”.
Eric Aikman Coach of Suriname: “The girls had a
great start but they didn’t believe in
themselves, after losing the first set they gave
up without playing the entire match”.