CALI, Colombia, December 2, 2021.- Dominican
Republic won the NORCECA classic to Puerto Rico
3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21) at the women’s
volleyball tournament of the I Junior Pan
American Games at the Evangelista Mora Coliseum.
Dominican Republic earned their first victory in
pool B to even their record 1-1 and Puerto Rico
has a 0-2 record.
Dominicans force at the net controlled Puerto
Rico the whole match, however Puerto Rico had
momentum evening up to point 14 in the third
Dominican Republic outnumbered Puerto Rico in
all the elements of the game, especially in
blocks by an overwhelming 14-2 margin, 39-35 in
attacks and 4-2 in serves. The winners limited
their errors to 13 and benefited from 18 Puerto
Dominican outside hitter Madeline Guillen scored
a match-high of 22 points on 17 kills, 3 blocks
and one ace, and middle blocker Geraldine
Gonzalez contributed with 10 points. Outside
hitter and captain Ivania Ortiz led Puerto Rico
with 12 points all on kills, joined by outside
hitter Valeria Flores with 11 points.
Dominican Republic (1-1) ends the preliminary
round on Friday against Brazil (2-0) and Puerto
Rico (0-2) faces Peru (1-1).
Camila De La Rosa, captain of Dominican
“The difference from yesterday’s match and today
was our attitude; we played united, as a team.
We had strength and we hope to continue like
that. In the third set we lost focus but we
managed the pressure well”.
Ivania Ortíz, captain of Puerto Rico:
“We gave our maximum effort in the third set, we
played intelligently and did not let the ball
fall without effort. Dominican Republic played
really well, we weren’t able to block and their
offense controlled us”.
Wagner Pacheco, head coach of Dominican
“Today the team was looser; I believe the
difference from yesterday was the attitude and
the desire to win. Tomorrow we finish pool-play
against Brazil, what we need is to play our
Juan Carlos Rodríguez, head coach of Puerto
“The Dominican team has great strength; they
have a lot of time together. We pressed, and
improved in reception in the third set.
Tomorrow we are going for the win”.