overcame Dominican Republic in five set-thriller
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 3, 2013. –Puerto Rico overcame
Dominican Republic inoutstanding five sets (25-19, 25-23, 19-25,
15-25, 15-9) to reach the gold medal match of the U-18 Girls Pan
American Cup against Brazil.
An intense match that lasted two hours and five minutes where
Puerto Ricans weren’t able to seal the win because of Dominicans
remarkable come-back. The winners held a margin of 19-14 in
blocking and 3-1 in service points.
The offensive line of Puerto Rico was led by Patricia Montero
with 19 points, Genesis Miranda with 16 and Julymar Otero with
11 points. The best scorer for Dominican Republic was Brayelin
Martinez with 25 points.
Wilmarie Rivera for the winners, expressed “I feel very excited,
we worked hard for this, we dominated the first two sets but our
offense began failing. My team became stronger in the tournament
after winning the ticket to Thailand”.
“Our lack of concentration was definitely the main cause of
losing today, Puerto Rico attacked strongly and we still have
the bronze medal in dispute” said Brayelin Martinez captain of
Juan Carlos Rodriguez was very satisfied with the result “our
job has been intense during the past five months; we
concentrated in taking home a medal after reaching our main goal
of qualifying to the World Championship”. He also explained that
his girls followed the instructions perfectly, “we won with
patience, trust and desire”.
“First of all congratulations to Puerto Rico, they did a
splendid job” indicated Wagner Pacheco coach of Dominican
Republic. “In my opinion they have the best setter of the
tournament and as for my team the fact of being unbeaten until
now made the girls to self-confident which is natural at this
age, our blocking failed as well as our concentration” he added.