SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 18,
2021 - Host Dominican Republic advanced to the
final of the Women's Volleyball Pan American Cup
for the eighth consecutive edition by defeating
Canada 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-21 ) this Saturday.
The Dominicans, who are seeking a fifth crown at
the event, will face Mexico, a surprise
contender after beating the three-time defending
champions United States in the first semifinal.
The Dominicans last won in 2016 defeating Puerto
Rico. They had lost the last three times to the
Gaila Gonzalez and the veteran Prisilla Rivera,
who is retiring after this competition, shared
the lead of the Dominican offense each with 14
points, including three blocks apiece.
Hilary Howe was the only Canadian player to
reach double digits in scoring with 11 points.
Marcos Kwiek, coach of the Dominican Republic:
"Today we had a more pressured game which was
important because tomorrow we have to play a
final. We served hard today, but they had a
better reception which was also important
because they put more pressure on us and we
responded well. We were almost perfect on all
Shannon Winzer, coach of Canada: "Today we
played much better against the Dominican
Republic and I am happy with that because that
is a high-level team- We had better serves but
we still have to correct several things that I
hope will be better tomorrow against the United
So there will be a battle."