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Dominican Republic win Women’s Final Four Cup

Dominican Republic added another gold medal to its collection after taking home the title at Women's Final Four Cup in Chiapas, Mexico

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, September 26, 2010 – The Dominican Republic edged Peru in an epic five-set battle (16-25, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12) on Saturday to claim gold at the Final Four Cup on Saturday.

The two teams will now be looking towards Japan and the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship.

“It is great to take another title back to the Dominican Republic,” Marcos Kwiek, the Brazilian coach of the new champions said. 

“This has been a great year for the team.” MVP Dahiana Burgos added. 

Burgos topped the scores for the Dominican Republic with 17 points while Lisvel Eve added 14 including five blocks. Gina Mambru and Bethania de la Cruz each contributed 12 tallies.

Peruvian Diana Soto had a match-high 19 points to lead five teammates in double figures. Jessenia Uceda registered 16 and Leyla Chihuan, Yulissa Zamudio and Karla Ortiz finished with 15, 14 and 11 points respectively.

“We played a hot battle from the beginning to the end and the victory was for the most patient team”, stated Karla Echenique, the Dominican captain.

Chihuan, the Peruvian captain, commented: “It was a very intense match, and this is what a competition is all about, a team that wins and a team that loses. I can only say that tonight there is an honorable champion.”

In the match for the bronze medal, Argentina swept Mexico in straight-sets (25-10, 25-15, 25-11) with Tanya Acosta and Florencia Busquets as the best scorers with 10 and nine points respectively. Mexican Alejandra Isiordia led all the players in the match with 13 points.

Final positions

1. Dominican Republic
2. Peru
3. Argentina
4. Mexico

Individual awards

Best scorer: Dahiana Burgos (DOM)
Best spiker: Jessenia Uceda (PER)
Best blocker: Leyla Chihuan (PER)
Best server: Elena Keldibekova (PER)
Best setter: Elena Keldibekova (PER)
Best receiver: Vanesa Palacios (PER)
Best digger: Brenda Castillo (DOM)
Best libero: Brenda Castillo (DOM)
MVP: Dahiana Burgos (DOM)

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