Dominican Republic book the ticket to London Games
Tijuana, Mexico, May 5, 2012 – Dominican Republic became the
sixth women’s team qualified to the volleyball tournament of the
2012 London Olympic Games by defeating Cuba in four thrilling
sets 25-18, 25-23, 27-29, 25-20 in the decisive match of the
NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Tijuana,
The Dominican team joined Italy, United States and China, who
qualified to London through de FIVB World Cup last November in
Japan, the African champions Algeria and host Great Britain.
It is the second time in history that Dominican Republic reaches
the Summer Games with the previous visit during the edition of
2004 in Athens, Greece.
Bethania De La Cruz, elected the Most Valuable Player of the
competition, registered 25 points to spearhead the Dominican
attack, followed by Milagros Cabral, Annerys Vargas and Lisvel
Eve with 12, 11 and 10 points respectively. Cuba’s Yoana
Palacios finished with 24 points and Wilma Salas charted 14.
The Dominicans held a 13-9 advantage in the blocking department
with Vargas leading with four blocks followed by Eve and Cabral
with three apiece. The winners also were better in the service
division 9-3 with Vargas registering three.
“To tell the truth I don’t have words to say what the feeling
is,” said Brazilian Marcos Kwiek, the Coach of Dominican
Republic. “This is the result of four years of hard work and God
rewarded us with the ticket to the London Games.”
“The girls did a fantastic job and kept a high level of
concentration during the whole tournament and I also want to
thank my technical staff and all the people who have supported
us,” Kwiek added.
Dominican Captain Cabral said: “I want to thank God, but also to
my head coach. In this match we went out to the court with a lot
of desire. We fought and wanted badly to go to London 2012.”
“These matches are always difficult,” commented Cuba’s Coach
Juan Carlos Gala. “Every time Cuba and Dominican Republic face
each other the matches are tough. We made our tactical plan, but
the players were very tense. Dominican Republic defined the
match. I want to congratulate them and wish the best while
representing NORCECA at the Olympic Games.”