Dominican Republic wins NORCECA Group A
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 15, 2017 – Host
Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (26-24, 25-21,
25-15) to conclude the NORCECA Group A Qualification in the
first position on Sunday in front of 5,000 spectators at Ricardo
Both teams were already qualified to the FIVB Women’s World
Championship 2018 to be held in Japan.
Annerys Vargas who finished the match with 13 points, including
6 blocks, was the best scorer for the winners while Bryaelin
Martinez contributed 11 points in the victory. Gina Mambru and
Bethania de la Cruz added 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Stephanie Enright led Puerto Rico with 12 points. Day Santana
and Neira Ortiz each scored 9 points in the losing cause.
The winners led in blocks 12-9 while the losers outserved their
Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic:
“I think we played to win 3-0, but we started bad in the first
set. We know that we have a lot of power in attack but at the
beginning we couldn’t receive. When we stabilized the reception
we were able to adjust our offense working with our middle
blockers, In the third set I noticed Puerto Rico was tires and
we could close the match.
Bethania De la Cruz, Captain of Dominican Republic:
“Puerto Rico always present a good level and despite being so
young, they have experience. The matches between these two teams
are always a battle and today it was no different”
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico:
“I think we battled for the first two sets, played well and we
could have won one of the two sets. Our serves were consistent
but in the third set we could not keep their rhythm. They are a
team very strong- We did not have the rhythm in different plays
and we paid the price”.
Natalia Valentín, Captain of Puerto Rico:
“We played well through the whole match until we reached the
20-point plateau when we didn’t execute. They grew up and were
playing at home.