USA to clash with Dominican Republic in decisive match
LIMA, Peru, June 15, 2013 – Defending champions United States
advanced to the gold medal match of the Movistar Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup against Dominican Republic following
their straight sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Brazil at
Eduardo Dibos Coliseum on Saturday.
Both United States and Dominican Republic have won twice the
title in the past eleven editions of the intercontinental
tournament. The Americans have been in the finals three previous
times while the Dominicans have played for the gold in seven
The U.S. Coah Karch Kiraly used mostly bench players after the
one-side first set and dominated the contest against the young
Rachael Adams topped the Americans with 12 points, including six
blocks, while Lauren Paolini and Keyly Murphy each contributed
11 points. Brazil’s Gabriela Guimaraes finished with 14 points.
The winners held 12-5 and 6-2 advantages in the blocking and
aces categories and also had the top hand in attacks 46-35.
“I am glad to arrive to this stage,” Kiraly said. “Our team has
played well and united. The Dominicans will be a tough opponent
as they have won all their matches but it will be a good match.”
Captain Kristin Hildebrand said: “Today all the players had the
chance to participate and it could be seen the team is very
united. Dominican Republic will be a tough rival but we will go
out to enjoy the game.”
“It was very important for my girls to play against some Olympic
players and it will be of great motivation for us to go to the
world championship after winning a bronze medal here,” said
Luizoamr de Moura of Brazil.