Dominican Martinez ties record of aces in victory over Nicaragua



SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 19, 2015 – Hosts Dominican Republic rolled past Nicaragua in straight sets (25-3, 25-7, 25-5) in the third and last match on opening day of the U20 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Ricardo Arias Pavilion on Sunday.


The strong services of the Dominicans proved to be too strong for the Nicaraguans as the winners held a 20-0 margin in aces, led by a record-tying eleven shots from Natalia Martinez, who led all the scorers in the match with 16 points.


Martinez equaled the record of most aces in a single match established by Puerto Rican Daly Santana against Costa Rica in 2013. Gaila Gonzalez had 14 points in the winning cause followed by 8 from Jineiry Martinez.


“I didn’t know about the record but I am very happy,” Martinez said. “I went back to the jump serve last November in a U23 competition and I feel comfortable now.”


Yocaty Perez, the captain of Dominican Republic, said: “Our serves were the key for the victory and we also had a steady game during the match.”


“We did our best effort against a strong and brave Dominican team and I am satisfied because we stayed together and did our best,” Nicaraguan captain Eugenia Sequeira said.


Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic: “We took this first match out of our way as the girls shook off the pressure of playing in front of their parents and local fans. The serves by Natalia were very important today.”


Claudia Noguera, coach of Nicaragua: “It was a very strong first match against a team technically better and also stronger. Their potent serves were fundamental and I hope this is a learning experience for our team.”