Dominican Republic reach semifinals
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 18, 2012 – Dominican Republic
reached the semifinals of the XI Women’s Pan American Cup
following a straight-set (25-16, 25-17, 25-20) victory over
Annerys Vargas’ 16 points topped the Dominican side while
Bethania De la Cruz, Lisvel Eve and Prisilla Rivera contributed
12, 10 and 9 points respectively. Carla Rueda finished with 13
points as the only Peruvian with double digits.
As one of the semifinalists, Dominican Republic joined USA and
Cuba as NORCECA’s teams with secure tickets to the 2013 FIVB
World Grand Prix.
“It was a good game but we have to put it in the past and
prepare for tomorrow’s match,” Dominican Prisilla Rivera said.
“We had to deal with a high and very compact block,” Peru’s
Elena Keldibekova said. “They (Dominicans) have been playing
together for a long time.”
“We achieved our top goal here which was qualifying to the World
Grand Prix,” Dominican Republic’s coach Marcos Kwiek said. “It
was the second match for Bethania and we are getting her into
“Dominican Republic is one of the favorites to win the
tournament,” Peru’s Edwin Jimenez said. “We are still alive in
the competition for the South American’s berth to the World