Dominicans crushed Guatemala to begin Group A
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 13, 2017 – Dominican
Republic pummeled Guatemala 3-0 (25-7, 25-7, 25-11) in the
second match of Day One at the NORCECA Women’s Qualification
Tournament Group A on Friday.
The Dominicans served well and displayed excellent defense at
the net to claim the win. The top two ranked teams at the
conclusion of the tournament will earn tickets to the FIVB
Women’s World Championship next year in Japan.
Yonkaira Peña came off the bench to lead the Dominican Republic
with 12 points, including a match-high 7 aces. Gina Mambru was
next with 9 points and 5 aces, while Bethania de la Cruz and
Yinerys Martínez finished with 8 and 7, respectively.
Blanca Recinos was the best offensive player for Guatemala with
The winners blanked their opponents 22-0 in aces and had the
edge in blocks 3-1.
William Fernández, Coach of Guatemala: “We knew the
opponent was tough due to their level of competition. A team
with a lot of power and we had problems with our reception. We
have to work in our reception for the next matches.”
Blanca Recinos, Captain of Guatemala: “We faced a great team
that created problems with their strength.”
Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “We have worked well
in the days before the tournament and had the chance to move
around my players. I think we can improve our level but there
are only three matches. Tomorrow against Jamaica we have to
elevate our level of game to be ready for Sunday.”
Bethania De la Cruz, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We didn’t
know anything about Guatemala but entered the match well
concentrated. We could develop our game and the reserve players
were able to see action. Tomorrow against Jamaica we don’t have
information only a little of their match today, but the key is
to be focused.”