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Dominican Republic win gold medal in Pan American Cup

The Dominicans celebrate their gold medal win on Saturday at the Pan American Cup

Tijuana, Mexico, June 26, 2010 - The Dominican Republic claimed its second gold medal in the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by scoring a convincing victory in straight sets (25-17, 32-30, 25-22) over Peru in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday. 

USA took home the bronze medal with a 3-0 victory over Cuba. 

The Dominicans relied on their strong game at the net where they outscored the Peruvians 17-5 in the blocking category.

“This is my first gold in the Pan American Cup and the second as coach of Dominican Republic since we won the NORCECA Continental,” the Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek said. “Our team is working hard to be recognized as part of the elite of Volleyball and at this moment we have won the respect of people. Our defense and reception has improved and we are ready for major challenges.”

“Our main goal was to qualify to the FIVB Grand Prix but it was good to see our team coming back strong after the loss of last night. We are happy with the victory and happy about going to the Grand Prix next year,” USA coach Hugh McCutcheon said.
In the matches for fifth and seventh positions Argentina and Canada defeated Puerto Rico and Brazil respectively.

Dominican Republic v Peru

The Dominican Republic defeated Peru in consecutive sets (25-17, 30-28, 25-22). Altagracia Mambru, Annerys Vargas and Lisvel Eve each contributed 12 points to the win while MVP Prisilla Rivera and Milagros Cabral charted nine apiece. Peruvian Leyla Chihuan tallied 11 for the defeated side.

USA v Cuba

USA claimed the bronze medal after a straight-sets win (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) over Cuba. Megan Hodge compiled 16 points to lead the winning side while veteran Heather Bown totaled 10 points including five blocks. Jordan Larson and Nancy Metcalf chipped in nine and seven tallies. Cuban Kenia Carcaces topped her side with 13 and Yanelis Santos added nine points.

Argentina v Puerto Rico

Argentina claimed fifth position by downing Puerto Rico in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-16). Emilce Sosa, Leticia Biscacci and Georgina Pinedo registered 14, 13 and 11 points respectively for Argentina while Puerto Rican Sarai Alvarez had a match-high 19 points and Alexandra Oquendo chipped in nine points.

Canada v Brazil

Canada defeated Brazil 3-1 (25-18, 11-25, 25-14, 25-22) to finish in seventh place. Left-handed Sarah Pavan rocketed 22 points to lead the winning side while Sherline Holness and Tammy Mahon added 13 and 12 respectively. Brazil’s Isabela Da Silveira led her side with 12 tallies while Ana Silva and Eduarda Kraisch registered 11 and 10 points.

Final positions

1. Dominican Republic
2. Peru
3. United States
4. Cuba
5. Argentina
6. Puerto Rico
7. Canada
8. Brazil
9. México
10. Trinidad & Tobago
11. Costa Rica

Individual awards

Best scorer: Kenia Carcaces (CUB)
Best spiker: Sarai Alvarez (PUR)
Best server: Kelly-Anne Billingy (TRI)
Best blocker: Lisvel Eve (DOM)
Best setter: Elena Keldibekova (PER)
Best receiver: Brenda Castillo (DOM)
Best digger: Brenda Castillo (DOM)
Best libero: Brenda Castillo (DOM)
MVP: Prisilla Rivera (DOM)


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