United States tops pool B, advances to NORCECA semifinals
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 10,
States topped pool B after defeating Dominican Republic 3-0
(27-25, 25-17, 25-14) and advanced to semifinals of the
NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship in San Juan, Puerto
United States, No. 2 ranked in the world, with 3-0 record
advanced directly to Saturday’s semifinals; Dominican
Republic (2-1) will play Cuba in quarterfinals.
The U.S. bounced back from 20-22 in the first set
coordinating their blocking defense to reach a thrilling
27-25 ending. In sets two and three the U.S. blockers
managed to hold off Dominicans active offense.
The Americans led with sizeable 50-32 advantage in attacks
and 10-3 in blocks. The U.S. held a slim 2-1 margin in aces.
Dominican Republic committed fewer (15-20) errors than
The U.S. balanced their scoring offense with opposite Karsta
Lowe scoring 16 points on 15 kills and one block, outside
hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley added 13 points, 12 from
kills and outside hitter Kimberly Hill contributed with 11
points. Opposite Gaila Gonzalez led Dominican Republic with
17 points all on kills.
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Karsta Lowe, leading scorer of United States: “We are ready
to go in the semis. In the first set teams were bringing
more energy, the intensity was really high and it’s always
fun to play Dominican; we were excited to be competitive and
come from behind and fight. The little things made the
difference, like controlling passes, keeping off the net,
taking care of things that we could control and then running
our offense helped us a lot”.
Gaila González, leading scorer of Dominican Republic: “Our
confidence was better in the first set, they took advantage
of our doubts and our overconfidence. United States plays
tactically, they studied us well and had a better reading
than we did. Our goal of reaching the final remains, we will
go out to beat Cuba in the next round”.
Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of United States: About the
difference in intensity from the first set, “Dominican
number 23 (Gaila Gonzalez) was playing really well in the
beginning, she was very difficult to stop and we got a block
on her late (Tapp, number 19) did a nice job that put us a
little bit ahead to get back and play our good volleyball,
and slow down number 23 that was playing exceptionally
Marcos Kwiek, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “The first
and second sets were tough; we slowed down in the third set.
The match was more difficult because our serving failed, we
allowed them to receive right in their hands and they play
too fast, making it harder to block and defend. They played
better than us”.