Dominican Republic and Mexico open with victories in Baja California
Tijuana, Mexico, March 8, 2013 – The Dominican Republic and Mexico opened with victories in the Baja California Women's International Volleyball Cup at the Baja California High Performance Center on Friday.
The U20 Dominican side scored a 25-13, 25-21 victory over the Baja California U18 team while Mexico, comprising a combined team of U20 and U18 players won 25-23, 25-20 over the Baja California U20 squad.
The Dominican Republic and Mexico teams are preparing for the FIVB Junior and Youth World Championship in Czech Republic and Thailand later this year while Baja California will host the National Olympic Festival in April-May.
Pamela Soriano tallied 15 points to lead the strong attack of the Dominican side coached by Brazilian Wagner Pacheco.
Coach Pacheco was pleased with the performance of his pupils saying, "We feel great playing here, because Baja has always been a place that brings us good luck.” “I still remember when we won our silver medal at the Junior World Championship and also here our senior team qualified here to the Olympics,” he said.
In the other match of Friday, Alejandra Isiordia made successful comeback after three months of rehabilitation from back surgery. She finished with 6 points following Andrea Cruz’s 7 as the top scorers for Mexico.
“It really feels great to be back on court,” Isiordia said. “I had to be patient but at this time I am back on track and working hard for the World Championship.”
On the other side of the net, last year’s MVP of the cup Seomara Sainz topped the losing team with seven points. “I have switched between the two squads in order to have two levels of preparation both with the national team for the world championship and with the state squad for the national festival,” Sainz said.
Saturday’s action features a volleyball marathon with each team playing three matches, including the semifinals.