Dominicans win pool B opener to Costa Rica

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, August 26, 2021.- Defending champions Dominican Republic won pool B opener to Costa Rica 3-2 (25-11, 25-21, 25-15) at the Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Arena Astros in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dominican Republic dominated by a huge 12-3 margin in blockings, 9-4 in serves and 29-24 in attacks, while limiting their errors to a total of 17 against 25 committed by Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s momentum in set two reaching 21 all was easily cut off by Dominican Republic’s experienced players.

Dominican head coach Marcos Kwiek took the opportunity to use his entire roster with opposite hitter Galia González leading all scorers with 16 points on 9 attacks, 3 blocks and 4 serves; performing in the first two sets, Prisilla Rivera contributed with 9 points and middle blocker Geraldine Gonzalez tallied 8 points.

Costa Rica’s leading scorer was outside hitter Tamara Espinoza with 8 points all in kills, followed by outside hitter Tatiana Sayles and middle blocker Mariana Rodríguez with 7 and 6 points respectively.

Dominican Republic’s (1-0) next opponent is Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica (0-1) goes against Mexico.

Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “A debut is always a debut, it's slow; what we need to do is keep focused, trying to reach our goals. We know our level of play and today we gave the whole team an opportunity to get into the event, from there move forward”.

Mariana Rodríguez, Captain of Costa Rica: “It’s a privilege to play against a team like the Dominican Republic; it’s a great opportunity that not every team has. We had a good game; obviously our margin of errors tends to be higher against teams like this because the pressure is too much. We hope to keep growing to get to the matchup against Trinidad and Tobago which we’re looking forward to winning in this competition”.

Pablo Acuña, Coach of Costa Rica: “The teams’ effort was good, considering that our group is U23. Today a 15 year old player made her debut pretty well and we are building a good future for Costa Rica. For a team like us, Dominicans, no matter the age-group, are always of a higher level and that is why we are satisfied with today’s performance; we hope to improve for the next matches”.