Dominican Republic seeks a fifth crown

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 18, 2021 - Host Dominican Republic advanced to the final of the Women's Volleyball Pan American Cup for the eighth consecutive edition by defeating Canada 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-21 ) this Saturday.

The Dominicans, who are seeking a fifth crown at the event, will face Mexico, a surprise contender after beating the three-time defending champions United States in the first semifinal.

The Dominicans last won in 2016 defeating Puerto Rico. They had lost the last three times to the United States.

Gaila Gonzalez and the veteran Prisilla Rivera, who is retiring after this competition, shared the lead of the Dominican offense each with 14 points, including three blocks apiece.

Hilary Howe was the only Canadian player to reach double digits in scoring with 11 points.

Marcos Kwiek, coach of the Dominican Republic: "Today we had a more pressured game which was important because tomorrow we have to play a final. We served hard today, but they had a better reception which was also important because they put more pressure on us and we responded well. We were almost perfect on all fundamentals."

Shannon Winzer, coach of Canada: "Today we played much better against the Dominican Republic and I am happy with that because that is a high-level team- We had better serves but we still have to correct several things that I hope will be better tomorrow against the United States. So there will be a battle."