Dominicans are the champions of U18 Final Four
LIMA, Peru, August 6, 2017 - Dominican Republic relied on their
serves to subdue Argentina claiming the gold medal of the U18
Final Four Herbalife Cup with a straight-set victory 3-0 (25-23,
25-19, 25-14) at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum of Miraflores in the
The Dominican got the victory led by the offense of Madeline
Guillén, who had 19 points, while Natalia Martínez contributed
12 points. For Argentina, the best scorer was Melisa Corzo who
finished with 9. The winners dominates in attacks (43-27),
blocking (10-2) and aces (5-2).
Alexandre Ceccato, coach of Dominican Republic: It was a tough
match because Argentina is a team with very strong serve and a
lot of defense, they were great rivals for us in this final. The
tournament has been very important to reach the level as a team.
We will stay In Peru for a week to continue training because
there are things that need improvement.
Natalia Martinez, captain of Dominican Republic: Thanks to God
for this victory in the final. It will be of benefit for us in
the face of the world championship because we know that in
Argentina the groups are going to be very strong.
Etanislao Vachino, coach of Argentina: I am very happy even
though we didn’t get the victory. Everything that happened since
the start of the tournament has been positive. Today we lost
against a great team like Dominican Republic. We need to fix
some physical and technical aspects but we are on the right
Pilar Cina, captain of Argentina: After losing the final we have
a bitter taste in our mouths because we think we could have won
it. The Final Four was a great lesson because reaching the final
with so many good teams, motivates us to continue battling for
the objectives we want to.