Dominicans are undefeated at U20 Cup



SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 20, 2015 – Hosts Dominican Republic kept their undefeated record at the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup by improving to a 2-0 mark following an easy victory in straight sets (25-7, 25-9, 25-16) over Costa Rica at Ricardo Arias Pavilion in Santo Domingo on Monday.


For second day in a row, the home team gave the fans a lot to cheer for with their spectacular serves and consistent blocking. The Dominicans held advantages of 11-2 and 9-2 in blocks and aces, respectively.


Gaila Gonzalez led the winners with 16 points and next was Natalia Martinez with 13 points, including seven aces, and Angelica Hinojosa with five blocks among her 9 points.


“We made too many errors in the third set but other than that it was a good game for us,” Dominican Captain Yocaty Perez said. “We need to reduce the mistakes in our next matches.”


“We changed our attitude after the first two sets and decided to battle for the points,” Costa Rican Tatiana Sayles said. “It is important for us to play against a team that is a powerhouse at the world level.”


“We had the match under control for the first two sets,” said Wagner Pacheco, the Brazilian coach of Dominican Republic. “Then I did change our two outside hitters and our level was not the same because these girls don’t have the same experience as the regulars.


 Everything continues as planned but tomorrow we play a stronger rival in Chile and need to study them even though they lost in five sets to Mexico but could have won the match.”


Andres Lopez, coach of Costa Rica: “It is important to play against teams like the Dominican Republic because they force you to get the best out of yourself. Today they made more errors but we also won some good points finding some holes. Matches like this one helps us to progress in our area.”