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Dominican Republic new champions of Pan Am Cup

Cristobal Marte Hoffiz (left) President of NORCECA and Jesus Perales, President of Mexican Volleyball Federarion, present the championship trophy to Dominican Republic's Captain Bethania De la Cruz
Mexico City, Mexico, June 19, 2014 – Dominican Republic dethroned United States as champions of the Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 25-21) victory in the gold medal match of the 2013 edition at Juan de la Barrera Gymnasium of Mexico City on Thursday.

It is the third crown for the Dominicans in the history of the event with the previous two in 2008 and 2010, snapping the two-year reign of the Americans. They also have won six silver and three medal bronzes.

The winners committed only 20 unforced errors compared to 31 made by the defeated side.

Bethania De la Cruz and Gina Mambru spearheaded the Dominican offense with 18 and 14 points, respectively, including four blocks by De la Cruz. Yonkaira Peña and Candida Arias contributed 9 and 8 points to the winning effort.

Bailey Webster was the top American contributor with 16 points, followed by TeTori Dixon and Cursty Jackson with 11 and 10, respectively.

Dominican Brenda Castillo, who took the honors as best receiver, best digger and best libero, was selected as Most Valuable Player

“Today the team played with a lot of discipline, served and blocked very well,” Brazilian coach of Dominican Republic Marcos Kwiek commented. “We studied the opponents and our players perfectly followed the game plan. We came here with the purpose of winning the cup, because we had the tools to do it.”

“The Dominicans played very well but I am proud of the job my players did,” United States’ Coach Jamie Morrison said. “It was a good performance from my young players who improved and stayed together as a team. A couple of key plays at the end were executed by the Dominicans and they deserved the victory.”

In the match for the bronze medal, Puerto Rico prevailed over Argentina in a five-set contest 24-26, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14.

Puerto Rico 3, Argentina 2
In the exciting battle, both teams scored via 17 blocks but Puerto Rico held a huge margin in attacks 71-54. Aury Cruz led the winners with a tournament-high 30 points while four other Puerto Ricans finished with double figures. Alexandra Oquendo contributed 17, including five blocks, Vanessa Velez and Lynda Morales each registered 14 tallies and Sheila Ocasio chipped in with five blocks among her 12 points. Josefina Fernandez and Emilce Sosa finished with 17 and 16 points, respectively, as the top offensive players of Argentina. Florencia Busquets added 12, including five blocks, and Elina Rodriguez had 11 in the losing effort.

Cuba 3, Canada 1
Cuba outplayed Canada 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15) to claim the fifth place. Young sensation Melissa Vargas, who turns 15 next October, topped Cuba with 24 points, followed by Alena Orta, Daymara Lescay and Sulian Matienzo with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kyla Richey was the best for Canada with 18 points, including two blocks and three aces, while Brittney Page added 15 in the loss. Cuba took advantage of 34 errors by Canada while committing 25 of their own. The winners held margins of 10-7 and 6-5 in blocks and aces.

Final Positions
1-Dominican Republic
2-United States
3- Puerto Rico
4- Argentina
5- Cuba
6- Canada
7- Colombia
8- Mexico
9- Peru
10- Costa Rica
11- Trinidad & Tobago

All-Star Team
Setter: María Alejandra Marín COL
Outside Hitter: Bethania De la Cruz DOM
Outside Hitter: Margarita Martinez COL
Middle Blocker: TeTori Dixon, USA
Middle Blocker: Candida Arias DOM
Opposite Player: Andrea Rangel MEX
Libero: Brenda Castillo DOM

Invididual Honors
Best Scorer: Melissa Vargas CUB
Best Receiver: Brenda Castillo DOM
Best Digger: Brenda Castillo DOM
Best Server: Ivonne Montano COL

Most Valuable Player: Brenda Castillo DOM

Best Performances

Top Scorers by Day
18- Marissa Field of Canada v Peru on 11-6-14
22- Claudia Rios of Mexico v Peru on 12-6-14
20- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Canada on 13-6-14
26- Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Peru on 14-6-14
24- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Peru on 15-6-14
20- Aurea Cruz of Puerto Rico v Canada on 17-6-14
21- Amanda Coneo of Colombia v Mexico on 18-6-14
21- Margarita Martinez of Colombia v Mexico on 18-6-14
30- Aury Cruz of Puerto Rico v Argentina on 19-6-14

 Top Scoring Performances
30- Aury Cruz of Puerto Rico v Argentina on 19-6-14
26- Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Peru on 14-6-14
24- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago on 14-6-14
24- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Peru on 15-6-14
24- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Canada on 19-6-14
22- Claudia Rios of Mexico v Peru on 12-6-14
22- Maguilaura Frias of Peru v Dominican Republic on 14-6-14

Top Blocking Performances
7- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago on 14-6-14
7- Marisa Field of Canada v Mexico on 14-6-14
6- Kyla Richey of Canada v Peru on 11-6-14
6- Melissa Vargas of Cuba v Peru on 15-6-14
6- Renele Forde of Trinidad & Tobago v Mexico on 15-6-14
6- Marianne Fersola of Dominican Republic v Argentina on 18-6-14

Top Serving Performances
4- Claudia Resendiz of Mexico v Colombia on 18-6-14
3- Several players

Top Team Blocking Performances
19- Canada v Peru on 11-6-14
17- Puerto Rico v Argentina on 19-6-14
17- Argentina v Puerto Rico on 19-6-14
16- United States v Colombia on 11-6-14
16- United States v Puerto Rico on 13-6-14
16- Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago on 14-6-14
16- United States v Puerto Rico on 18-6-14

Top Team Serving Performances
13- Colombia v Costa Rica on 13-6-14
9- Argentina v Costa Rica on 15-6-14
8- Dominican Republic v Cuba on 12-6-14

Highest Scoring Sets
31-29 Puerto Rico v Colombia (3rd Set) on 15-6-14
31-29 Colombia v Mexico (4th Set) on 18-6-14
30-28 United States v Colombia (3rd Set) on 11-6-14
30-28 Puerto Rico v Canada (3rd Set) on 17-6-14
29-27 Argentina v Colombia (1st Set) on 14-6-14 

Highest Scoring Matches
217- Colombia d Mexico 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 18-25, 31-29, 15-11) on 18-6-14
215- Mexico d Peru 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 28-26, 21-25, 15-11) on 12-6-14
210- Puerto Rico d Argentina 3-2 (24-26, 25-15, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14) on 19-6-14
206- Dominican Republic d Peru 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 15-12) on 14-6-14
205- Mexico d Canada 3-2 (27-25, 27-25, 13-25, 14-25, 15-9) on 14-6-14
197- Mexico d Trinidad & Tobago 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-8) on 15-6-14


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