Rivera and Bethania lead Dominican Republic over Canada  

RIMINI, Italy, May 27, 2021 – Team captain Prisilla Rivera racked up 22 points and Bethania de la Cruz added 21 as Dominican Republic defeated Canada 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 28-30, 25-16) in a dynamic battle between sides from NORCECA Confederation at the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League. 


It is the first victory for the Dominican side who lost to United States and Brazil in their first two outings. Canada fell to 0-3. 


Gaila González registered 11 points, including five aces, while Jineiry Martínez and Lisvel Eve chipped in with 9 and 8, respectively, including three blocks each.


Canadian Kiera Van Ryk had 22 points while Emily Maglio and Hillary Howe tallied 13 and 10, respectively. 


The Dominicans held a wide margin in aces (14-5) while the Canadians led in blocks (10-6). 


Here is what the players said:

Marte Niverka (DOM): We are very happy about this victory today. We really needed to break our streak of lost games. We have played a lot against Canada, but it's a team that is improving a lot. They played really well, so I'm really happy that we managed to win and play good volleyball.

Alexa Grey (CAN): Our goal is just to become better. We are a young team, we are trying to get used to each other and we are playing here for the first time as a squad. So we hope to improve.