Dominicans crowned at home with fourth gold medal
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 10, 2016 – Hosts
Dominican Republic outpowered Puerto Rico in the tie-breaker of
the gold medal match to claim their fourth title in the history
of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by defeating Puerto
Rico 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 15-6) in front of some
6,500 spectators at Ricardo Arias Gymnasium on Sunday.
It was the fourteenth all-time medal for the Dominicans, who
also have seven silver medals and three bronzes. Puerto Rico
attained their first silver ever to go with two bronzes.
Brayelin Martinez and Bethania de la Cruz registered 30 and 24
points, respectively, to spearhead the solid attack of the home
side. Annerys Vargas finished with 9 while Yonkaira Peña and
Gina Mambru had 8 points each.
Stephanie Enright topscored Puerto Rico with 19 points, and
Karina Ocasio and Daly Santana had 13 points apiece.
“It is a thrilling victory for us in front of our fans,¨ said De
La Cruz. “We needed a great deal of concentration and big hearts
in the fifth set when our serves, blocking and counterattacks
“It was what you expect from a final match between two big
teams,” said Marcos Kwiek, the coach of Dominican Republic.
“Probably not a clean technical game, but a real battle and
Brenda (Castillo) proved to be a key for us in a decisive
Yarimar Rosa, captain of Puerto Rico: “It is our first silver
medal and we are happy with it. I think we had a better match-up
against the Dominicans than other times. We couldn’t win the
fifth set and it is something we have to learn of.”
Juan Carlos Núñez, coach of Puerto Rico: “It was probably our
best match of the tournament but also against the top ranked
team. The key was in the fourth set when (Brenda) Castillo was
able to save some difficult balls. In the tie-breaker, they
really tightened the defense and got the win.”