FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Dominican Republic crowned in Baja California

The Dominican Republic's U20 national team won the Baja California International Cup with a victory over Baja California on Sunday

Tijuana, Mexico, March 10, 2013 - The Dominican Republic won the gold medal at the Baja California International Volleyball Cup in their third attempt after brushing aside the Baja California U20 team 2-0 (25-15, 25-18) on Sunday.

Argentina and Mexico were the winners of the Junior and Youth tournament in 2011 and 2012.

The event in Baja California served as a warm up tournament for the teams of the Dominican Republic and Mexico that will participate in the FIVB Women's U20 World Championship in the Czech Republic later this year.

Brayelin Martinez topped the winners with 15 points, while Seomara Sainz was the best for the defeated side with 8. Dominican libero Winifer Fernandez was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition.

Mexico finished in third place and took the bronze medal after the winning the match against the Baja California U18 squad 2-0 (25-18, 25-15). Alejandra Isiordia tallied 16 points for Mexico and Fernanda Banuelos finished with 10.

“We had a well organised tournament and the chance to train here,” said Brazilian Wagner Pacheco, coach of the Dominican Republic team. “We faced strong rivals, had our ups and downs, but this helped us to experiment some variations to prepare for the U20 Pan Am Cup in Cuba and also the World Championship.”

“We don’t like to lose, but the final outcome of this competition was totally positive if you consider that we reached the final to meet a team from Baja California,” said Estanislao Vachino, the Argentinean coach of Mexico.

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