Dominican Republic blocks the road to Puerto Rico
HAMAMATSU, Japan, October 3, 2018 - Bethania De La Cruz and
Yonkaira Peña scored 15 points each to lead the Dominican
Republic past Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) in Pool D
action at the FIVB Women's World Championship on Wednesday
Prisilla Rivera contributed 13 points in the win for the
Dominicans. Daly Santana was the highest scorer for Puerto Rico
with 10 points in the loss.
The winners held a huge advantage of 11-5 in the blocking
category with Peña and Annerys Vargas leading the way each with
The victory gives the Dominicans a 2-2 record, while Puerto Rico
is also 2-2 after the defeat.
The veteran core of the Dominican team utilized their experience
to dominate Puerto Rico. They passed and defended well and
excelled on attack. They displayed both power and finesse in the
Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek: We are happy to get the
win and the three points. This was an important game for us. We
knew we needed to concentrate because Puerto Rico knows us well.
Our blocking was good in the center though are attacking was
not. We attacked effectively on the wings.”
Dominican Republic captain Bethania De La Cruz: “We are happy
with the victory. Our combinations worked well and that is why
we could win today.