Dominican Team to play friendly series in Puerto Rico
PONCE, Puerto Rico, January 5, 2017 – The National Team of
Dominican Republic will play a friendly series against the Ponce
Lionesses and one match against the Changas of Naranjito from
January 12 to 16 at Salvador Dijols Pavilion in Ponce.
The Dominican team will be comprised by players currently
training at home and the squad includes Gina Mambrú, Annerys
Valdez, Niverka Marte, Yonkaira Peña, Cindy Rondón and Gaila
Domínguez, Marifranchi Rodríguez, Erasma Moreno, Jeoselina
Rodríguez, Yokaty Pérez, Vielka Peralta, Jineiry Martínez,
Angélica Hinojosa, Larismer Martínez and Marian Fersola.
The team will be coached by Wagner Pacheco assisted by Wilson
Sanchez and Cristian Cruz. Cesar Villalona is the therapist.
Players included in Ponce squad are setter Natalia Valentín,
middle blockers Janeliss Torres and Dulce Tellez, liberos Nayka
Benítez and Valeria Leon and reinforce players Taylor Simpson
and Gina Mancuso. The southern team will be coached by Ramón
The Dominican female program enjoyed a fruitful season last year
winning the Pan American Cups at Senior and U23 levels and also
the NORCECA U20 and U18 Continental Championships. They also won
the FIVB World Grand Prix Group 2 and the AAU U20 Championship.
The series mark the first time the Dominican National Team plays
in a friendly exchange against teams from the Puerto Rican
Women’s Superior League. In 1997, the Mirador Club, mostly
composed by players of the national team, faced each one of the
teams of the league, winning all their matches.
“We are very pleased with this new experience and we thank our
friends from the teams of Ponce and Naranjito for the
invitation,” said Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of the
Female Program of the Dominican Republic Federation.