SANTO DOMINGO.- The sextet from the Dominican Republic (Reinas del Caribe) extended their unbeaten record this Thursday after going three sets clean (25-23, 25-16 and 25-18) against Canada in the Norceca Pan American Cup. lost the Final Six, which has been taking place since last Sunday at the Ricardo Gioriver Arias Volleyball Palace of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.
‘The Queens of the Caribbean’, who set their record 3-0, showed their quality against some Canadians who couldn’t hold back the fierce attacks of Cuban coach Marcos Kwiek’s teams.
The first set was the only one the Canadians managed to win (20-17), but a comeback of five straight goals led by veteran Bethania de la Cruz eased the whole game for the Dominican side, which lasted an hour and 27 minutes.
Both teams played the game corresponding to Wednesday, which could not be played due to Tropical Storm Franklin.
Bethania was responsible for the Dominicans’ lead with 12 points, followed by Madeline Guillén with 11 points, while Cándida Arias contributed five.
The Dominican sextet dominated both attacks (58-45) and serves (40-35).
“We had a few problems at the beginning, but then we found the rhythm and you already know the result. “As this tournament progresses, we’ll try to continue to do our best for our fans and ensure the trophy continues here in the country,” said Bethania after the game.
In the losses, Sydney Grills and Avery Heppell were the best players on their teams with 7 points each.
The “Queens” meet the United States this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. to seal double-triple day and this Friday to unleash the semi-finals of the event dedicated to the Dominican women’s volleyball team that won the 2003 Pan Die Gold medal won American Games.
MEXICO 3, PUERTO RICO 0
Santo Domingo.- The sextet from Mexico easily repelled their similar game from Puerto Rico with three sets to zero (25-12, 25-15 and 25-11) as the final six of the Panam Copa Norceca resumes this Thursday at the Ricardo Gioriver Arias Volleyball Palace of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.
Both teams jumped into the Taraflex to start double-triple day of the event, which was suspended due to the passage of Tropical Storm Franklin.
The Mexicans didn’t leave time to dominate the newcomers led by coach José Ricardo Rivera at will and dominated all technical times as well as attacks (81-66) and serves (73-36).
Grecia Castro was responsible for the Aztecs’ lead after scoring 13 points in the game that began a five-game day on Thursday.
“It was a very important win for us as we are interested in reaching the final. Thank God we were able to play again and the storm didn’t do too much damage to a country we love,” said Castro, who played a key role as Mexico secured third place, 2-1.
Alongside Castro, Karen Rivera also stood out with 13 goals, while Fernanda Rodríguez contributed 10 points in the tournament dedicated to the Dominican women’s volleyball team that won the gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.
For the Puerto Ricans, Sofia Vega was the best with six points, followed by Noemi Ceballos with 5 points.