Dominican Republic to finals, wins spot to FIVB WCH
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 28 - Dominican Republic dominated
Mexico 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-14) at Saturday’s semifinal to
reach the final match of the Girls’ U-18 NORCECA Continental
The Dominican Republic also booked a ticket to the 2015 Girls’
U-18 FIVB World Championship and will face defending champions
USA in the Gold Medal Match. The two teams have met three times
in the finals with the Americans winning on each occasion.
Dominicans powered up with strength as Mexico fought back and
forth without finding their way into the game. The winners also
performed surprisingly with excellent defense. One of the
highlights of the match was in set two when the Mexicans battled
to save six set-points before succumbing.
Dominican Republic held advantage in spikes 37-26 points, a 9-4
advantage in blocks and 3-1 in service points.
Outside hitters with double digits, Vielka Peralta (13 points),
Natalia Martinez (13 points) and opposite Massiel Matos (11
points) led Dominican Republic’s offense. while Mexico had Karla
Mireles and Kathya Garcia as their top scorers with 9 points
Dominican captain Yokaty Perez said: “We feel very excited with
the double victory. We practiced for many hours our reception
and defense, as well as studied Mexico”.
Mexican captain Francia Sanchez said: “We faced Dominican
Republic as warriors, but we need to pay more attention and not
losing our concentration to battle as we did in the second set.
Our attitude remains high for tomorrow’s match against Puerto
“My teams’ physical condition is natural, they are strong and
determined, and so we turned our attention to improve their
reception and defense. Mexico never gives up and complicated us
with their serves, I congratulate them” said Brazilian coach
Ricardo Naranjo, Mexico’s coach explained that his team works
well under pressure “they are mentally prepared and the
tournament has not finished yet. Dominicans usually don’t defend
as well as this team is doing and I really want to congratulate
them. Tomorrow we have to play with intelligence to face Puerto
Rico and have our mind set on winning”.