Dominican Republic wins bronze in five-setter over Peru


TIJUANA, Mexico, July 8 2011 –  Brayelin Martinez scored 31 points carrying Dominican Republic to the third place at Girls’ U18 Pan Am Cup after a victory over Peru 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-9).


Martinez converted 28 spikes and 2 services, while Pamela Soriano finished with 14 and Nairobi Agramonte and Luz Divina Nuez scored 12 apiece. Milagros Rodriguez scored 16 and Angela Leyva 12 for Peru.


“The girls felt down and tired after last night’s match against Mexico, we couldn’t find our tactical idea until the third set, when they decided to play. I think that was the moment when things changed,” stated Dominican coach Wilson Sanchez.


“This was a more interesting match than the first one and definitively our team increased the level, but unfortunately it happened almost at the end of this tournament and in this match we lost concentration on the third set,” Peru’s Manuel Artieda said.


“We understood what playing enthusiastically is, but couldn’t maintain the advantage we had”, said Milagros Rodriguez about Peru.


Dominican captain Soriano: “Everything became easier on the third set, but Peru didn’t quit playing well.”