Yonkaira leads Dominican Republic to bronze in Montreux
MONTREUX, Switzerland, June 2, 2013 – The Dominican Republic
overcame Italy in four sets (15-25, 25-22, 25-18, 26-24) to
claim the bronze medal at the Montreux Volley Masters, the
traditional women’s competition on Sunday.
The Dominicans recovered from a slow start and many mistakes in
the first sets to dominate the next two frames and then to
prevail in the close battle in the fourth set. It was a sweet
revenge for the Caribbean team who lost to the Italians in
straight sets in the pool play phase.
Yonkaira Peña, the most recent talented player to emerge from
the rich national women’s program, led the Dominicans with 22
points, including four blocks. She was followed by Bethania De
la Cruz and Prisilla Rivera with 15 and 13, respectively, while
Marianne Fersola and Annerys Vargas contributed 7 and 6.
Cristina Barcellini and Valentina Diouf had 16 and 15 points,
respectively for Italy while Raphaela Folie finished with nine.
In the match for the gold medal, Russia would be clashing with