TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 21, 2022 – The
Dominican Republic will go to the semifinals of
the 2022 Girls U19 Pan American Cup after
beating Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday,
3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-12, 26-24) at the Cox
Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The win also qualified the Dominican Republic
(3-1) for the 2023 Girls U19 World Championship.
The Dominican will play the United States (3-0)
in the semifinals. Canada (1-3) will play Peru
(0-3) in the fifth-place bracket.
Scoring errors proved costly for Canada. It gave
up 36 points to the Dominican Republic, which
had 21 errors. The Dominicans serving was also
tough for Canada to handle. The DR led in aces
11-3. It also held smaller leads in spikes
(42-42) and blocks (10-8).
Dominican Republic outside hitter Katielle
Vargas and opposite Ariana Rodriguez each
finished with 18 points. Vargas scored 13
attacks and a match-high five blocks. Rodriguez
added 13 spikes, a match-high four aces and one
Canada was led by outside hitter Taylor de Boer
with 14 points on 13 attacks and one block.
Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic:
Very happy with this victory. Now we have to
rest because we have a very tough match against
United States. Our goal now is to get one of the
medals back to Dominican Republic.”
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: It’s tough to be
that close and not come out with that fourth
set. I definitely was proud of the developments
the group made in a short period of time. We did
a lot of work in video and on the practice court
leading into this match. I think the athletes
did a really great job of executing the gameplan
and showing that they are growing every day.