Dominican Republic to play its eleventh title match
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 9, 2016 – The Dominican
Republic advanced to the gold medal match against Puerto Rico
after a straight-set 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-21) victory over Cuba
at the XV Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Saturday.
Dominicans, winners of the title in three occasions, will be
playing their eleventh gold medal match while the Puerto Ricans
will make their first attempt for the crown.
Mambru collected 17 points, including three aces, and Bethania
de la Cruz added 15 with two aces as the offensive stars for the
winning side. Brayelin Martinez and Annerys Vargas contributed
10 and 8 points in the victory.
Heidy Rodriguez and Daimara Lescay accounted for 14 and 10
points on the Cuban side.
am elated with this victory and the chance to play for the gold
medal in front of our fans,” Mambru said. “This is a unique
opportunity for them after following our matches abroad for a
was a match under pressure as it is always when you play a
semifinal,” De la Cruz said. “Our level of concentration was
very high and we were able to overcome the pressing moments in
the last two sets when Cuba closed the score.”
couldn’t take advantage of the few errors in the key moments of
the last two sets and the Dominicans blocked some balls at the
right time,” said Roberto Garcia, the coach of Cuba.
is good for NORCECA to have all four teams from the
confederation in the medal matches,” said Marcos Kwiek, the
coach of Dominican Republic.
praised Mambru for her hard work and the consistency she has
maintained over the whole tournament as well as her progress in
reception and blocking.
has reached certain level of quality due her dedication and hard
work,” Kwiek said.
“The hard work is paying off.”