Dominicans defeat Argentina to face Colombia in Lima 2019 title
LIMA, Peru, Augusto
10, 2019. - Dominican Republic defeated Argentina
26-28, 25-13, 25-21) in semifinals
to advance to the title match of the Lima 2019 Pan American
Games against Colombia on Sunday at the Multisport Complex El
Callao in Lima, Peru.
This is the second
time that Dominican Republic reaches the gold medal match; they
won in 2003 in Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic is set to face
Colombia in a pool-play rematch where “The Queens of the
Caribbean” finished on top. Argentina will aim to win their
first ever medal in Pan American Games facing Brazil for third
place, who they beat during the preliminary round.
struggled in the second set as Argentina pushed harder to
recover from a two set deficit (19-21) to an extended 28-26
prevailed in every fundament of the game with a huge 63-47
advantage in attacks, 9-5 in blocks and 8-3 in service points.
Dominicans committed 25 unforced errors and Argentina 21.
carried her team with 26 points all on kills and Bethania De La
Cruz scored 22 points on 21 kills and one block; captain Prisila
Rivera tallied 13 points and middle blocker Jineiry Martinez 12
including 5 aces. Three Argentineans scored double-figures,
opposite player Lucia Fresco (17), captain Julieta Lazcano (12)
and outside hitter Elina Rodirguez (10).
Marco Kwiek, Head
coach of Dominican Republic: “I am glad to move forward into the
final, the team worked well, our serves continue to be
aggressive, our defense worked well too and that really helped
us. I believe we could have done a better job in blocking, there
are errors still. Now, we must think of Colombia”.
top scorer of Dominican Republic: “Both team battled strong to
win the ticket to the final. On our side, we followed our
coaches’ instructions and we executed our game plan to reach the
outside hitter of Argentina: “It was a difficult match, they
played very well and we never got into our rhythm, which made
the difference in the result”.