CALI, Colombia, December 4, 2021.- Dominican
Republic finished fifth place in the women’s
volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan
American Games Cali-Valle 2021 defeating Mexico
in straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) at
Evangelista Mora Coliseum.
Dominicans won the NORCECA clash to finish with
a 2-2 record and Mexico with 1-3 for sixth
Dominican Republic outblocked Mexico with a huge
10-3 advantage and a slim 45-44 margin in
attacks, while committing fewer errors (12-18);
both teams scored 2 points from serves.
Outside hitter Madeline Guillen of Dominican
Republic scored a match-high of 21 points,
including 20 kills; outside hitters Flormarie
Heredia and Samaret Caraballo contributed with
11 points each. Opposite hitter Marian Ovalle
led Mexico with 15 points, joined by middle
blockers Chrisitan Alvarez and Renata López who
added 10 points each.
NORCECA confirmed that both teams qualified to
Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, Dominican
Republic as champion of the Pan American Cup
Final Six and Mexico via the Junior Pan American
Wagner Pacheco, head coach of Dominican
“My general opinión of the event is that today
we played calmly, yesterday we had a good match,
it wasn’t what we expected because we wanted a
medal; we accept the results because we know we
had a really bad performance against Peru and we
paid the price”.
Luis León, head coach of Mexico:
“This wasn’t what we were aiming for. Yesterday
our captain Gracias had a small injury and we
didn’t want to risk her today. Generally
speaking I leave with a good feeling about my
teams’ performance; we know we must work, mostly
in key points in the end which made a difference
in the matches we lost in five sets to advance”.