Dominicans join Canadians and Americans with 2-0

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 14, 2021- Host Dominican Republic overcame some receptions difficulties in the first set and went on to defeat Mexico in straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-17) joining Canada and United States as teams with 2-0 record at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Tuesday.

The Dominicans held an 8-2 advantage in the blocking category and also topped in service winners 7-5.

Gaila Gonzalez tallied 12 points, including three aces, to lead a quite balanced Dominican offense. She was followed by Prisilla Rivera and Jineiry Martínez with 11 and 10, respectively, and Yonkaira Peña with 9.

Maria Rodríguez and Grecia Lopez led Mexico with 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “We had a quite solid game. Our serve and reception worked well. We played at a very good level and had Mexico in difficulties after the first set. That was very positive to claim the victory.”

Rafael Petry, coach of Mexico: “The Dominican is a very strong team. We knew it was going to be a complicated game for us. We have a very important played (Lizbeth Sainz) who is injured and because of that we had some instability in our game.”