Dominican Republic beat Peru and goes for the gold medal


LIMA, Peru, September 8, 2018 - Dominican Republic obtained its classification to the title match of the II Final Four U20, winning a tiebreak against Peru (25-12, 19-25, 15-25, 25-14, 15-13) on the third day of action at the Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.


Dominican Republic started with a lot of energy and although Peru improved its pace for the next two sets, it was not able to maintain it and the game would extend to a decisive fifth set.


The fifth set would be of strong emotions, but finally the Caribbean team would stay with the victory with greater concentration in their plays.


Wagner Pacheco's team had an enormous advantage in the service (9-4), was also superior in blocking (10-9) but was edged by a minimal difference in the attack (50-51). The Dominicans scored through 30 unforced errors from Peru, reducing their own to 25.


The Dominican attacker, Natalia Martinez, was in charge of guiding her team to victory with 27 points, followed by Liliannis Feliz with 10 points. In Peru, they reached the double digits: Kiara Montes (20), Thaisa Mc Leod (14) and Daniela Muñoz (10).


The Dominican Republic setter, Herrera de La Rosa: "This was a semi-final for us, we knew it was decisive and we were forced to win, we had very little time without training, I think that was what cost us at the beginning of the competition, but little by little we have caught rhythm of game and tomorrow we go for the gold".


The setter of Peru, Yadhira Anchante: "Although we started a bit out of rhythm, we could improve little by little, in the fifth set we needed to press more with the serve but for that we are in this tournament to learn and minimize our mistakes thinking about the South American next month where we cannot stop fighting until we get the World Cup."