United States claims their second win defeating Dominican Republic
NOGALES, Mexico, May 25, 2023.- United States claimed their second win
at the U21 Women’s NORCECA Pan American Cup defeating Dominican Republic
3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25- 14) on Thursday in Nogales, Mexico.
The Americans improved 2-0 in pool B and will finish the preliminary
round against Costa Rica (1-1). Dominican Republic drops to 1-1 and will
face Guatemala (0-2).
United States came out on top with a huge advantage in attacks 42-25,
they held a comfortable 13-7 margin in blocks and a 3-0 in aces, while
committing one less error (17-18) than the Dominican Republic.
Outside hitter Norah Sis and middle blocker Breanna Kelley led the U.S.
offense with 13 points each; Sis all on kills and Kelley on 8 kills and
5 blocks. Opposite Devin Kahahawai added 10 points on 9 kills and one
Dominicans outside hitter Katielle Alonzo and opposite Ariana Rodriguez
scored 10 points each; Alonzo from 7 kills and 3 blocks and Rodriguez on
9 kills and one block.
Norah Sis, outside hitter of United States:
“We had to regroup after each set, we knew we were starting out slow,
but we did make it our goal to start making our game and it all turned
out well. Dominicans are a good defensive team, and it took us a while
to get the middles going but when we did our offense picked up and we
were able to be in system”.
Dan Fisher, head coach of United States:
“We started off each set making a lot of errors and blew a few plays
defensively, but we played well at the end of the game. Finally in the
third set we started well defensively. I think our zone 4 attackers were
very good, they were carrying a big load for us even if our middles
weren’t going. They were serving a lot of balls to Norah, and she passed
really well, I am very pleased with our serve-receive”.