Dominican Republic wins pool A to Suriname

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 American Games.

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”.