Dominicans bounce back to beat Canada
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 5, 2016 - Hosts
Dominican Republic improved to 4-0 in Pool A with a 3-0 (26-24,
25-21, 25-13) win over Canada (2-2) at the XV Women’s Pan
American Cup on Tuesday night.
The home side bounced back from deficits of 19-12 and 24-21 to
take the first set and never looked back.
Dominican Bethania de la Cruz was the top scorer of the match
with 12 points. Teammate Annerys Vargas contributed 8 points in
the victory and Gina Mambru and Brayelin Martinez chipped in
with 7 points apiece.
Shainah Joseph and Michaela Reesor had 11 and 10, respectively,
The Dominican Republic will play Puerto Rico for the top place
in Pool A and a direct ticket to the semifinal phase. Canada
will meet winless Mexico looking to secure third place and the
pass to the quarterfinals.
“Canada played an excellent first set with strong serves and we
were a little below our used level,” said Marcos Kwiek, the
coach of Dominican Republic. “We made some substitutions that
functioned well and at the end we got the victory in three
“We started playing very well and leading 24-21 maybe my players
started to think too much about winning the set and put pressure
on themselves,” Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig said. “We made some
mistakes and the Dominicans improved and served well, made some
blocks and (Brenda) Castillo made some good digs.”