Republic claim gold at U-23
Lima, Peru, September 8, 2012 – Dominican Republic was crowned
as champions of the first edition of the U-23 Women’s Volleyball
Pan American Cup after outclassing Brazil in straight sets
(25-18, 25-16 25-19) showing evident superiority over their
South American opponent in the match at Miguel Grau Coliseum of
El Callao on Saturday.
Lisvel Eve led the outstanding performance of the Dominican side
with 17 points, including 5 blocks and 2 service winners. She
was followed by Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Cándida Arias with 12
and 11 respectively and 5 blocks from Arias. Marianne Fersola
and Yonkaira Peña chipped in with 8 points apiece.
Gabriela Braga and Sara Silva were the top scorers of Brazil
with 15 and 14 points respectively.
Dominicans held a 15-10 lead in points via blocks and 4-1 in
aces. Also they made 10 unforced errors to 19 from the defeated
service location and the close blocking at the corners were the
key factors in the victory for the most effective team during
the whole week and with more presence on the court.
defense of libero Brenda Castillo and the accurate job by setter
Niverka Marte were also major contributors to the success of
Saturday and during the preliminary round and semifinal phase.
“This is the result of a work in progress for years,” Dominican
Republic’s coach Marcos Kwiek said. “We grew up with the
tournament improving day by day. At this age group is very
difficult to keep the concentration for a whole match but they
did it today. It was a 3-0 victory but a well fought one.”
was a team-effort and the most important thing was that we never
were over confident knowing that on the other side of the net we
had a big opponent,” Dominican captain Niverka Marte said.
achieved our objective of giving my team more volume in their
game and more experience,” Brazil’s coach Luizomar Moura said.
“Now we will work on getting more speed from our middle blockers
and a more effective attack ahead of the South American