DR women’s volleyball passes to semifinals
Despite a tough loss to Cuba on 20 July 2015, the Dominican Republic women’s volleyball team qualified for the semifinals as the leader of Group A at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. Each game in the match was close, but Cuban women seemed to be able to come up with big plays at crucial moments to down the Dominican squad in 4 sets (25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20).
The formula used to seed the teams in Group play after the first round is complicated n Argentina and the Dominican Republic had 2 wins and 1 loss in Group A, but the Dominicans beat out the Argentines on point-ration differentials. The Dominicans finished with a score of 1.213 vs. 0.9992 for Argentina.
Sulian Matienzo, Captain of Cuba: “We knew that Dominican Republic was a very strong team with a lot of experience. However, we wanted to go out and give our best against them. We just raised our game and showed a lot of enthusiasm that got us over the top.”
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic admitted, “It was a very difficult match. The good thing is that we advanced to the semifinals, even though nobody wants to get there losing a match. We will have an extra day to prepare for our next rival. Today we just didn’t correctly execute our attacks and that’s one of the strengths of our team.”
Source: DR1, Norceca
July 21, 2015
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