The Dominican Republic women’s volleyball team gave its fans another happy night after defeating Mexico’s representation 3-0 (25-22 / 25-12 / 17), in their second game of the Pan American Cup, which was plays at the Ricardo Gioriver Arias National Volleyball Palace.
The Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States dominate the Cup standings, each 2-0.
With a team that presented a higher level than the day before against Cuba, the leader of the tricolor team reserved the new players for the bench and gave prominence to the veterans.
For the second night in a row, the Dominicans win by sweep, after beating the Cuban team 3-0.
That is why the young Geraldine González, Yokaty Pérez, Alondra Tapia, Madeline Guillén, Vielka Peralta, Natalia Martínez and Yaneiry Rodríguez saw little or no opportunity to play.
The coach of the Dominican team, Marcos Kwiek wanted to ensure the match.
Annerys Valdez, Niverka Marte, Prisilla Rivera, Yonkaira Peña, Jineiry Martínez and Gaila González, all with Olympic Games experience, predominated in the table.
González led the Dominican attack with 12 points, Rivera 11, Jineiry 10 and Peña 9. For Mexico it was María Rodríguez nine, Grecia Castro eight and Samantha Bricio seven.
Mexico offered a good resistance, especially in the first set, but as this heat progressed it was wearing out, to the point that the Queens of the Caribbean made a spectacular comeback, after being behind by five points.
In the first set, Mexico was 16-11, but a rally from the Dominican Republic came that brought the match closer to 17-16, thanks to successive points from Prisilla Rivera and a direct block from Jineiry Martínez, which forced a time from the team of Mexico. When they returned they recovered the ball to get 18-16.
The first set was then seen 20-20, but a long serve from Jineiry put Mexico 21-20.
The game was equal to 22 points, until the Dominican team defined with a combined block between Valdez and González.
In the second set, the Dominican did not give the Mexican team a chance, which had difficulty controlling the attack on the Queens’ net, with Jineiry, Gaila, Prisilla and Yonkaira doing damage.
In the fourth set, the Dominican team started 4-0. At that rate, his rivals looked with few responses to defuse the Dominican attack.
But the Mexicans, who lost the first technical time-out 8-4, were reluctant to deliver the game and then, with a rally, they got 9-8. It was Rivera who stopped the advance of his opponents to put the game 10-8.
Mexico got 10-9, but the merengueras resumed their accustomed rhythm and went 16-11 at the break of the second technical time-out of this third set.
The Dominican attack continued unstoppable and with a powerful attack from the saga, Peña put Dominican 20-12, marking that led the Mexican coach to request a time.
A long serve from Mexico gave the hosts the 24th point and Yonkaira Peña defined the victory with another strong shot.
The tournament, in which six teams participate, begins the qualification process for the Pan American Games in Chile 2023 and also offers points for the FIVB ranking.
For this Wednesday, the Dominican team faces its rival from the Caribbean area, more by tradition than by results, since the Quisqueyanas dominate the confrontations against the Puerto Ricans.
The game will be at seven o’clock at night and as usual it will be a nervous duel because it is another Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic classic.
Before, they will be measured at three in the afternoon, Cuba against Mexico, a match in which the team that wins the victory will score its first victory of this Pan American Cup. In the second hour there will be an undefeated duel in which the United States will collide with Canada.
None of the American players who won gold in the past Tokyo Olympics is in this tournament but its historical coach, Karch Kiraly, winner of five Olympic medals, three gold (Los Angeles 1984 / Seoul 1988) as a player. (one of those in beach volleyball, Atlanta 1996) and two as a coach, one gold, in Tokyo 2020 and the bronze in the Rio 2016 event and another gold in the 1986 World Championship.
USA and Canada win
The United States remained undefeated on Tuesday by beating Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-19, 25-14 and 25-17). The offensive attack of the winners was guided by Symone Williams with 18 points, Verónica Perry left with 16 and Alejandra Holston with 13 points. In the lost cause, Gabriela Alicea was the best with eight points. The game lasted one hour and 14 minutes. Canada, who beat Puerto Rico the night before, beat Cuba 3-0 (25-11 / 25-14 / 25-10). Hilary Howe led the Canadian offense with 16 points, Avery Heppell and Natasha Calkins nine each and Caroline Livingston seven. For Cuba, Dayana Martínez, Yensy Kindelan and Claudia Tarín, four points each.