United States defeats Dominican Republic to win NORCECA Gold



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, Michoacan.


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, NORCECA Champions).


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 respectively.


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”.