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Dominican Republic with perfect record in Pool B

LIMA, Peru, June 20, 2017 – The Dominican Republic cruised to a straight set victory 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-20) over Cuba to keep their perfect record in four outings in Pool B of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum on Tuesday.

One again the Martinez sisters –Brayelin and Jineiry- led the offensive path for the Dominican squad with 13 and 11 points, respectively, while the veterans Bethania De la Cuz and Gina Mambru each contributed 9 points in the victory and Annerys Vargas added eight. Heidy Casanova led Cuba with 14 points in the loss.

The Dominicans have a 4-0 win-loss record with the maximum 20 points after winning all their matches in consecutive sets.  Cuba dropped to a 2-2 mark.

In Wednesday’s fifth and final day of action, the Dominicans meet Peru while Cuba faces Trinidad & Tobago.

Niverka Marte, setter of Dominican Republic: “Our reception has improved and I have been able to diversify the distribution of the offensive and having Brayelin and Bethania in our team helps a lot also.”

Sulian Matienzo, Captain of Cuba: “Dominican Republic is a very strong team and facing them helps our preparation for the important match against Trinidad and Tobago.”

Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “We were favorites to win the match but the girls took it very seriously and I am very glad about that. We had to battle against a very promising young Cuban team with some very tall players.”

Wilfredo Robinson, Coach of Cuba: “It is always a challenge to go for the victory, I think my team can give a little bit more than what they showed today. Our purpose here is to develop our players and today’s match was important in that process.”