Dominicans claim NORCECA U-20 Bronze Medal
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, July 13, 2014. - Dominican Republic
dominated Mexico in straight sets 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 to win the
Women’s U-20 NORCECA Continental Bronze Medal on Sunday at
Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium.
Mexico put up a strong resistance against Dominican Republic
with both teams aiming for the podium, but in the end the scale
went in favor of the Caribbean team. Dominicans showed a solid
offensive and blocking line, while Mexicans struggled watching
their defense crumble.
Dominicans take the third place with a 3-2 win-loss record while
Mexico finishes the tournament with 2-3 record.
Dominican Republic out-blocked Mexico with wide 13-4 margin,
they also held advantage in spikes by 41-32 and they made less
unforced errors (14-18).
With double figures Dominican outside hitter Natalia Martinez
scored a match-high of 19 points, including 16 kills. Teammates
outside hitter Brayelin Martinez and opposite Ceneida Gonzalez
contributed with 17 and 10 points respectively. Mexicans middle
blocker Jocelyn Urias and outside hitter Fernanda Buñuelos
scored 8 points apiece.
Dominican captian Brayelin Martinez said “I am very proud of my
team; we left behind the loss against Cuba and keep it as a bad
day. We fought the whole tournament as we always will”.
“I believe the team didn’t have enough motivation after losing
the world championship berth, we weren’t able to recover. We did
fight, but not enough which proves we have much to improve” said
captain Fernanda Guitron.
Brazilian coach Wagner Pacheco said “the team really wanted the
bronze medal; it was a tough tournament for us as we didn’t
expected to lose against Cuba and yesterday’s match against USA
was very demanding. My team is young and must continue to
practice to qualify to the world championship which is still
Mexican coach Luis Leon expressed “the girls had every
indication necessary for today’s match and we made adjustments
as the match developed. I’m not satisfied because we began every
set well and then failed making a difference in our scoring; our
serves and blocking weren’t efficient in key moments. To qualify
to the world championship there’s a lot to work on”.