MORELIA, Mexico, October 2, 2015.- United States defeated
Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17) to win the
Gold Medal of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship that
concluded on Friday at Bicentenario Auditorium of Morelia,
United States wins their third consecutive NORCECA title with
Dominican Republic as runner ups, for a total of eight titles,
finishing a the year with four major titles overall (World FIVB
Grand Prix Champions, Pan-American Champions, Pan American Cup,
The U.S. National team held a 53-32 margin in spikes and 6-1 in
blocking over the Dominicans who did better in serves 8-7.
United States scored on 31 errors by Dominican Republic and
limited their own to 18 errors.
Opposite Nicole Fawcett led United States’ victory with 17
points, Oustide Hitters Jordan Larson-Brbach and Kelsey Robinson
recorded 13 points apiece and Middle Blocker Foluke Akinradewo
registered 12 points. For Dominican Republic, Outside Hitter
Brayelin Martinez scored 18 points, Opposite Gina Mambru and
Outside Hitter Yonkaira Peña contributed with 16 and 15 points
Coach Karch Kiraly indicated about the Gold Medal match
“Dominicans played really well, they had good defense and they
had us playing hard, it was a challenge, which we like to play
because it makes us better”. Speaking about an overall
conclusion of the tournament, he said “we made some progress in
some things we wanted to improve; we are looking forward to face
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Canada in January as we will
compete for the Olympic berth”.
Coach Marcos Kwiek said “we reached two of our objectives, so
I’m not totally satisfied. We both played at a good level, we
are the only team that won a set to USA; they are a difficult
opponent but not invisible. The tournament allowed us to check
out and study our opponents for the Olympic Qualifier; there is
little time to practice”.