Dominicans reach NORCECA title match and qualify to FIVB World Championship

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, August 30, 2021.- Defending champion Dominican Republic reached the NORCECA Women’s Continental title match beating United States 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-20) in semifinals and qualified to the 2022 FIVB World Championship.

This is the sixth time Dominican Republic battles for the Women’s Volleyball NORCECA title, winning on two occasions, during the past edition in 2019 against United States when both presented their A-teams,  and in 2009, beating Puerto Rico who they meet again on Tuesday.

Puerto Rico has never won a gold medal, they have earned one silver and three bronze. United States will face Canada in the bronze medal match, which they have won on three occasions and Canadians a total of nine.

Dominican Republic, with a combination of experienced players and under 23 players, controlled the United States B team with a 46-32 margin in attacks, a slim 6-5 in blocks and a 3-0 advantage in serves; they committed 17 unforced errors against 20 from the United States.

Outside hitter Bethania De La Cruz led Dominicans’ offense with 17 points, as well as opposite hitter Gaila González; outside hitter Prisilla Rivera added 14 points.

Opposite hitter Veronica Perry of United States scored 8 points, followed by opposite player Danielle Cuttino, coming off the bench in the second set, and outside hitter Alexandra Frantti with 6 points each.

Prisilla Rivera, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We were really aggressive in our serves, which helped us a lot by not allowing United States to play fast, which was really effective in their other performances. We counterattacked very well and adjusted our defense; I believe it was a good match overall, we controlled it from start to finish”.


Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “We did a good match, the team was concentrated the whole time and our serves were effective. Also, our receiving was at a good level, we were able to perform and we were aggressive, focused. Tomorrow is a final match and we have lots of respect”.


Danielle Cuttino, Captain of United States: “I feel we never got a chance to play our game, which is unfortunate. There were spurs when we looked pretty good but just not enough to turn it in our favor”.


Joseph Trinsey, Coach of United States: “They taught us a lesson, they have a lot of experienced players, smart players and they taught some of our less experienced players a lesson; so hopefully that’s something we can learn from and read so we can have a good result tomorrow against Canada”.