Dominican Republic overwhelms Canada



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 on Saturday.”