Dominicans win NORCECA Title in five thrilling sets to USA
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 13, 2019.-
Dominican Republic won NORCECA Women’s Continental
Championship to United States in five thrilling sets 3-2
(25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9) on Sunday night at
Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dominican Republic finishes the tournament with 4-1 record
serving United States their only loss of the tournament 4-1;
Dominicans have lost to the U.S. in the preliminary round.
This is the fourth time Dominicans and the U.S. battle for
the NORCECA title and the first time Dominicans come out on
top winning their second gold medal in the history of the
Dominicans offense and defense over the net, as well as
receiving skills were solid, from the beginning. Outside
hitter Brayelin Martinez was unstoppable but the U.S.
reaction did not come light, bouncing back 0-2 for the
overtime on a formidable display of speed.
Dominican Republic led 11-9 in blocks and allowed 19 points
on errors against 29; the U.S. held a 69-58 advantage in
kills and a 4-2 margin in aces.
Dominicans leading scorers were Brayelin Martinez with 20
points on 20 kills and 4 blocks, followed by Bethania De La
Cruz with 19 points and Lisvel Eve added 11 points. Michelle
Barsch-Hackley of USA scored a match-high of 26 points,
Kelsey Robinson and Andrea Drews tallied 13 and 12 points
Prisilla Rivera, captain of Dominican Republic: “It has been
a rough year for us, many events, lots of work, lots of
suffering and finishing this way is the icing on top, I am
very proud of my team. We could have finished 3-0 but United
States is one of the best teams in the world and wasn’t
going to give up easily. Our best skill was team effort; we
had a moment of distraction when they started to pressure
Marcos Kwiek, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “Today we
faced an elite team, it wasn’t easy. We lack money, we lack
structure, among other things, but we have big hearts. My
players battled a lot and it was a spectacular way to close
the year; they worked a lot, it was a difficult year and we
are happy that none of the players were injured, it’s a
Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of United States: “Well played
match from Dominican Republic, congratulations to them”.