Dominicans outdueled Argentina for the bronze medal


CITY, Guatemala, May 4, 2013. - Dominican Republic outdueled Argentina by score of 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22) to claim the Bronze Medal of the second edition of the U-18 Girls Pan American Cup on Friday.


Dominican Republic and Argentina displayed great skills in which the blocking of the winners made the difference with advantage by 15-5. Argentina was better in the serving department by 7-5 in points. Both teams equally made with mistakes, 20 for Dominicans and 25 for Argentinians.


Brayelin Martinez conducted her team to the victory with 24 points, while Gaila Gonzalez registered 19 points. Elina Rodriguez and Sol Piccolo with 15 and 13 points respectively were Argentina’s top scorers.


“I’m exhausted but glad, we dropped a set because we thought the match was already finished and Argentina took advantage. I’m satisfied for the medal even if it wasn’t the one we hoped for” said Brayelin Martinez.


Sol Piccolo began congratulating the winners, “we were worn-out and Dominicans are hard to defeat”.


Wagner Pacheco, Brazilian coach for Dominican Republic said “I congratulate Argentina’s coach, theyfought strong and I wish them well in the World Championship. After losing yesterday’s match it was difficult to motivate the team and at moments they made childish mistakes. Brayelin definitely made a splendid job in the fourth set. I’m happy for the medal and for Dominican Republic”.


Guillermo Caceres had only good things to say, “in this age-group motivation is the most important thing to do. Dominican Republic has lots of potential and a bright future ahead, for Argentina it’s important to play at this level”. He finished hoping the best for al America’s representatives in the World Championship in Thailand.