Dominican Republic trounces Canada, advance to final match
TIJUANA, Mexico, May 4, 2012 – The world-ranked No. 9 Dominican
Republic advanced to the final-match of the NORCECA Women’s
Olympic Qualification Tournament following an easy 3-0 (25-15,
25-18, 25-15) victory over No. 22 Canada on Friday.
The Dominican side will clash with three-time Olympic champions
and currently No. 10 Cuba in the match for a ticket to the
volleyball tournament of the 2012 London Olympic Games on
The Dominicans dominated the whole match and topped the taller
Canadians in blocks 8-1 and had the slight edge in serves 3-2.
The winners made 15 errors to 18 by the defeated team.
Bethania De La Cruz led four Dominican players who finished the
match in double digits in the score sheets with 14 points, all
Veteran Annerys Vargas and the young Lisvel Eve, the team’s
middle blockers, each finished with 12 points and 5 and 3 blocks
respectively. Gina Mambru tallied 11 points including the last
point to seal the victory. Canada’s Sarah Pavan recorded 12
“We did what we were instructed to,” Dominican Republic’s
Milagros Cabral said. “We followed our game plan and the
objective was to keep focused every second of the match. And we
really did it.”
“It was a well executed game by Dominican Republic,” Canada’s
Tammy Mahon explained. “They played a great match and I feel a
little disappointed. I hope we can come back and finish the
tournament playing a good match.”
“It has been our best match of the tournament,” Dominican
Republic’s Coach Marcos Kwiek said. “Our relation of block and
defense worked almost perfect and we served very well also.”
“Tomorrow’s match against Cuba is a tough one and even though we
have players with more experience, that’s a match you have to
play also with your heart,” Kwiek added.
“We tried to make some adjustments but they had answers for
everything,” Canada’s Arnd Ludwig said. “They didn’t let us to