open NORCECA defeating Mexico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 8,
Republic defeated Mexico 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-14) in their
opening match at the NORCECA Women’s Continental
Championship in Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan,
Dominican Republic was challenged by a resilient Mexico that
came from behind (21-23) to even the scores to 24 for a
thriller first set finish. Dominican’s serves adjusted
better, as well as their speed to dominate Mexico with
better physical condition in their first pool B win.
Dominican Republic prevailed 12-10 in attacks and
overwhelmed Mexico with 14-7 margin in aces. Both scored 3
points in blocks. The winners committed fewer errors
Outside hitters Isabel Peña and Bethania De La Cruz led
Dominican Republic with 14 points apiece; De La Cruz with 5
aces included. On Mexico’s side, opposite Andrea Rangel was
the only player with double-figures, scoring 14 points.
The event grants three spots for the final four NORCECA
Olympic qualifier to be held in January; except USA that has
a ticket to Tokyo 2020, Dominican Republic already qualified
to the final four and Cuba whose team is not taking part of
the Olympic cycle.
The NORCECA Women’s Championship is
being streamed on NORCECA TV www.internetv.tv
Dominican Republic faces next Trinidad and Tobago, and
Mexico plays against United States.
Bethania De La Cruz, Dominican Republic: “Mexico always
fights strong up to the end, they have a good serve and that
put us in trouble at the beginning, in addition that we are
coming from a lot of tournaments. We are very glad with our
first victory. I know tomorrow will be better, we will be in
better rhythm after a week of rest”.
Marcos Kwiek, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “All my
players are starting players because they are all at the
same game level. We can switch players and use different
line-ups depending on the opponent. It’s better if we are
challenged because that way we play more and the team gets
in better shape”.
Gabriela González, Head Coach of Mexico: “We lacked a bit
more physical condition to perform the three sets and this
also made it hard to keep our mental condition. Dominican
Republic is physically very strong. I believe we gave an
important step showing a good level in the first set”.