SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 17,
2021 – Host Dominican Republic registered a
convincing victory in straight sets 3-0 (25-22,
25-15, 25-12) over three-time reigning champions
United States to qualify in first place of the
preliminary round at the Women’s Volleyball Pan
American Cup on Friday.
In the semifinals of Saturday, the Dominicans
will play the fourth placed Canada while United
States will face Mexico.
Gaila Gonzalez once again led the Dominican
attack with 14 points, including two aces, and
Yonkaira Peña added three aces and three blocks
among her 12 points. Prisilla Rivera and Jineiry
Martínez contributed 9 and 8 points,
respectively, in the victory.
Veronica Jones-Perry finished with 10 points as
the United States top scorer followed by
Danielle Cuttino with 9.
The winners finished with a 10-5 advantage in
the blocking category and 5-1 in the service
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “The
team played very well in overall - service,
reception and blocking. We were able to give the
younger players a chance to catch the rhythm of
these kinds of competitions. Now to focus on
Karch Kiraly, coach of United States: “The
Dominican is a very good team. Today, they
played much better than us. Things did not go
the way we expected.
So my congratulations to the Dominican Republic”.