Dominicans keep alive winning streak



SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 21, 2015 – The Dominican Republic subdued Chile in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-9) to extend their winning streak to three victories in as many outings at the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup being contested at Ricardo Arias Pavilion of Santo Domingo.


The Dominicans relied on their potent attacks by outscoring the opposition 34-19 while dominating the blocking category 9-5. Chile dropped their win-loss record to 1-2.


Natalia Martinez led the Dominican team with 20points, with 3 blocks and two aces included, and Gaila Gonzalez contributed 13 points. Catalina Melo led Chile with nine points, including two aces.


“We made the adjustments following the instructions of our coach after the close first set,” said Yocaty Perez, the Dominican captain. “They (Chile) played bravely especially in the first set.”


“We played good defense with our reception and blocking against a team with a lot of power and volume of play. We are not satisfied because you always want more,” Melo said.


“The first set was pretty even but in the second and third sets we got the balance and reduced the errors with our serves,” said Wagner Pacheco, the coach of Dominican Republic. “The strength was the difference and technically we are higher than Chile also.”


“It was a good job by the Dominican Republic for the whole match,” Chilean coach Hugo Jauregui said. “The difference was the strength more than the size. Our reception and defense kept us in the game for moments but we couldn’t match their power.”