Dominican Republic claim first title ever at NORCECA Girls’ U18


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 29, 2014 - Dominican Republic defeated defending champions United States 3-1 (25-14, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20) to win their first ever title at the Girls’ U-18 NORCECA Continental Championship in Gimnasio Nacional San Jose, Costa Rica.


USA’s 42 unforced errors were significant in their loss since the Dominicans committed only 24.  Both teams were equally efficient in blocking (8-8) and service points (5-5) while USA held a minimum advantage in spikes by 43-40.


Massiel Matos was Dominicans’ top scorer with 18 points, joined by Natalia Martinez and Vielka Peralta with 14 and 12 points respectively. Olivia Nicholson with 14 points and Karthryn Plummer with 12 points led USA scorers.


“I’m very happy, we are making history. We prepared ourselves especially to face USA, it was hard work and the result is a team effort; we really played with our hearts out,” said Yokaty Perez, Captain of Dominican Republic.


USA’s captain Kathryn Plummer said: “Dominicans executed well, I congratulate them. This is a learning experience and losing is always difficult.”


Brazilian coach Alexander Ceccato of Dominican Republic expressed: “It’s a great accomplishment for various reasons, making history with the first gold ever, defeating USA and finally because the players are seeing the results of working hard”.


“I sincerely congratulate Dominican Republic, they are a very good team,” USA’s Coach James Stone II said. “Certainly I’m disappointed with the loss, but not of my team, it’s a group of very talented players and for having played this match they become a better team, they did a wonderful effort.”