SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 13,
2021 – Dominican Republic breezed past Cuba in
straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-20) to close
day one at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American
Cup on Monday night.
The home side dominated from the first whistle
and never looked back subduing the young Cuban
squad in every facet of the game.
Dominican Yonkaira Peña with 13 points was the
only player in the match who reached double
digits in the scoring charts. Vielka Peralta and
Geraldine Gonzalez added 9 and 8 points,
respectively, in the victory.
Thalia Moreno, Claudia Tarin and Dayana Martinez
each had 6 points for Cuba.
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: “At
the beginning of the tournament there is always
some stress, but I think we had a good start. We
played well focused which is the important
thing. We knew the Cuban team was a young one,
so we have to press them and everything went
Joel Olazabal, coach of Cuba: “The team started
somehow restrained. We have many young players
who are new to the international competitions.
What we did was to give them opportunity to play
and enjoy being on the court. We have a lot of
deficiencies to correct and make the adjustments
little by little.”