Dominicans came out on top Chile at U18 Pan Am Cup
DURANGO, Mexico, May 21, 2019. - Dominican Republic came out on
top Chile 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-23) in pool A of the fifth U18
Girls’ Pan American Cup that started this Monday at Auditorio
del Pueblo in Durango, Mexico.
Dominicans were pressured by Chile during the beginning and
closing of the match; they showed their better performance in
set two as they committed fewer errors while attacking and
Dominican Republic topped Chile 49-30 in attacks and with huge
11-4 margin in blocks; Chile was better in serves with 4-2
margin. Dominicans committed more errors (17-13) than Chileans.
Outside hitter Flormarie Heredia of Dominican Republic scored a
match-high of 18 points all on kills; joined by middle blocker
Sthefany González with 15 tallies on 10 kills and 5 blocks, and
outside hitter Romina Cornello with 12 points. Chile’s leading
scorers were outside hitters Gabriela Badilla and María Jesús
Muñoz with 11 and 9 points respectively.
Dominican Republic (1-0) will play against Honduras on Tuesday,
and Chile (0-1) will face the host Mexico.
Sthefany González, Dominican Republic’s captain expressed “Chile
played very well, it was a tight match but our good
concentration was key in winning. For a moment there I thought
we were going to lose the third set but we kept up with the
For Chilean captain María Jesús Muñóz, there are several things
to rescue from their performance “we served well and our block
was orderly, despite our opponents’ height we attacked. We
weren’t able to defend and receive as required. We must improve
our energy and face our next opponent with all we have”.
Brazilian Alexandre Ceccato, Head Coach of Dominican Republic
said to be satisfied with the way his team put up with the
pressure “we suffered a bit because we have one year without
playing together and I liked the way they managed the pressure.
It’s the first time a see a Chilean team in this category with
structure and it wasn’t easy to come out on top”.
Argentinean Eduardo Guillaume, Head Coach of Chile, indicated
that his team can do much better “our game plan was to serve
strong and defend a lot, that wasn’t the case. Mostly in the
first two sets I didn’t see my team perform well, they defended
little and were insecure. The team was better adjusted in the
third set but Dominican players are very tall, you can do more
if you defend”.