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Volleyball: Dominican Republic wins Norceca Group A

On 15 October 2017 in the final game, the Dominican Republic volleyball team defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-15) during the Norceca Group A Qualification that took place in Santo Domingo over the weekend. Both teams were already qualified to the FIVB Women’s World Championship set for Japan in 2018.

Norceca reported that Annerys Vargas,who finished the match with 13 points, including 6 blocks, was the best scorer for the winners while Bryaelin Martinez contributed 11 points in the victory. Gina Mambru and Bethania de la Cruz added 9 and 8 points, respectively.

The winners led in blocks 12-9 while the losers out-served their opponents 5-0.

Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “I think we played to win 3-0, but we started bad in the first set. We know that we have a lot of power in attack but at the beginning we couldn’t receive. When we stabilized the reception we were able to adjust our offense working with our middle blockers, In the third set I noticed Puerto Rico was tired and we could close the match.

Bethania De la Cruz, captain of Dominican Republic: “Puerto Rico is always competitive and despite being so young, they have a surprising amount of match experience. The matches between these two teams are always a battle and today it was no different.”

Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “I think we battled for the first two sets, played well and we could have won one of the two sets. Our serves were consistent but in the third set we could not keep their rhythm. They are a very strong team. We did not have the rhythm in different plays and we paid the price”.

Natalia Valentín, captain of Puerto Rico: “We played well through the whole match until we reached the 20-point plateau when we didn’t execute. The Dominican squad rose to the challenge and got support from the home crowd.

Brenda Castillo took the Most Valuable Player plaque, and recognition as the best libero, best digger and best receiver. Dominican teammates Brayelin Martinez and Bethania de la Cruz received their plaques as first and second outside hitter, Annerys Vargas as first middle blocker, Gina Mambru as best opposite and Yonkaira Peña as best server. Puerto Rico’s Natalia Valentin and Daly Santana were selected as best setter and best scorer, respectively.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Oct 17, 2017

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