TORONTO, Canada, July 16, 2015 – Dominican Republic rolled past
hosts Canada in straight sets 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-15) in Pool
A of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Pan American Games
at Exhibition Centre of Toronto on Thursday.
Gina Mambru led Dominican Republic with 14 points, including
four aces, while Yonkaira Peña added 12 and Brayelin Martínez
finished with 8. Dana Cranston was the best scorer for Canada
with nine points.
The Canadians gave away 30 points via unforced errors to only 14
by the Dominican side. The winners held the advantage in aces
6-1 while the home team had the edge in blocks 5-4.
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “Very glad with the
victory. It was a great debut for us. I am happy with the kind
of level we showed today and I feel confident that the team will
keep growing with the tournament. We still made a couple of
errors we must avoid but overall I am satisfied.”
Gina Mambru, player of Dominican Republic: “We knew that this
was going to be a very tough match, because we faced them at
home with the support of their fans. We just have to keep our
concentration and play our game. We were not relaxed at all, we
went out and put in action every little thing we’ve practiced
and everything was perfect”.
Arnd Ludwig, coach of Canada: “I thing we made too many
mistakes today. For us it was difficult to get into the game.
Dominican Republic had a really good serving match. They started
right away with four aces. We never found the game we had in the
last two weeks during the Grand Prix. If we can get that energy
from today, I think the next two games will be a lot better”.
Tabitha Love, player of Canada: “It was not the kind of game we
wanted to have, especially playing at home. We definitely will
have better games and I am confident we will come back stronger