Team-effort takes Dominicans to victory
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 3, 2016 – Hosts
Dominican Republic breezed past Mexico 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19)
to obtain their second victory in as many days at the XV Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup on Sunday at Ricardo Arias Gymnasium
in Santo Domingo.
The winners held advantages in spikes 37-28, blocks 10-4 and
aces 7-4. They made 15 unforced errors compared to 21 by the
Bethania de la Cruz was the only Dominican player with double
figures in the scores with 11 points, including three aces.
Annerys Vargas added six points and Brayelin Martinez, Gina
Mambru and Yonkaira Peña each had six tallies. Mexican Fernanda
Bañuelos had a match-high 12 points.
The Dominicans meet Colombia on Monday followed by matches
against Canada and Puerto Rico on Tuesday and Wednesday to
complete the preliminary phase.
“It is another step towards our goal which is qualifying to the
world grand prix next year,” said Marcos Kwiek, the coach of
Dominican Republic. “All the teams are dangerous because with
the proper technology now you can study everyone. I am satisfied
and gave playing opportunities to all the members of our team.”
Ricardo Naranjo Ponce, coach of Mexico: “It is important for our
team play against a team like Dominican Republic ranked among
the best in the world. It will help their development. I think
the program of Dominican Republic Federation is fantastic.”
Niverka Marte, setter of Dominican Republic: “We are glad about
the victory. We didn’t have consistency in the first two sets
and then played without many errors.
Dulce Carranza, of Mexico: “We are not used to face that type of
high blocking but anyway I can see improvement in our side and
that’s very important.”