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US defeats DR in Pan Am Volleyball Cup

Team USA defeated Team DR 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23) for the Pan American Cup trophy during the finals of the 16th Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar that took place in Lima, Peru on Sunday, 25 June 2017. The DR was the defending champion. Both teams had reached the finals with six wins and without losing a set. Both teams have been crowned four times in the history of the competition.

To reach the finals, on Saturday, the Dominican Republic had defeated Puerto Rico, again in straight sets in the semi-final. The DR defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19).

The United States is now the winningest country in the history of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup earning their fifth crown. The USA team has won four of the last six editions of the Pan American Cup in 2012-13, 2015 and 2016. They also won in 2003. The DR had won in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016.

The win was especially important for Team US as it seeks to resume its world leadership in the sport. In the 15th Pan Am Cup, the US finished third behind the DR and Puerto Rico. In the Rio Olympics, the US team had failed to reach the semifinals.

Karch Kiraly, coach of United States: “It feels great to be the champions of this important tournament. Dominican Republic is a great team with a lot of experience in Norceca zone and we respect them very much.”

Bethania de la Cruz, captain of Dominican Republic: “Congratulations to United States for the victory. Their blocking dominated us for moments and we also failed too much with our attacks so we were not able to put everything together like we did in the second set.”

Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “We missed the aggressiveness with our serves. The American setter has a very fast game and made it very difficult for us to defend. However, I think that in case we had been able to keep the aggressive serve we had in the second set, which allowed to control the ball, we would have obtained better results.”

Source: DR1, teamusa.org

June 27, 2017

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