Dominicans to play for fifth place at U18 Pan Am Cup

DURANGO, Mexico, May 25, 2019. - Dominican Republic beat Guatemala 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-15) in the classification match to play for fifth place of the U18 Girls’ Pan American Cup in Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango, Mexico.

Dominican Republic’s victory lacked their normal energy still showing a superior game level that that of Guatemala.  Dominican Republic will face the winner between Cuba and Honduras for fifth place of the event.

Dominicans led with huge 12-3 margin in blocks, 27-23 in attacks and 6-3 in service points, scoring on 31 opponent errors and allowing 31 points on their own errors.

Esthefany Rabit, the only players with double-figures, led Dominican Republic with 15 points including 7 kills and 7 monster blocks. Laura Cortéz and Jimena Castellanos topped Guatemala with 9 points apiece.

Sthefany Gonzalez captian of Dominican Republic said this wasn’t the match they hoped to play “we wanted to reach the podium but for some reason it didn’t happen. We are thankful for the fans support. Our goal was to win today and we just have to wait for our next opponent. My teammate Esthefany Rabit was strong and did a good job”.

Guatemala’s captain Jimena Castellanos indicated “we didn’t do it bad against a strong team like Dominican Republic, with experience in Worlds; we improved some skills. Our expectation was to play against the team from our zone, Honduras; we hope that’s the case and play with all our energy to beat them”.