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Dominican Natalia Martinez fires eleven aces in victory over Nicaragua

Dominican Natalia Martinez used a powerful jump serve to carry her Dominican Republic team to a lopsided victory over Nicaragua on Sunday at the U20 Women's Pan American Cup
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 19, 2015 - Dominican Natalia Martinez served an astonishing eleven aces to tie the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup record for a single match as the Dominican Republic team stormed past Nicaragua 3-0 (25-3, 25-7, 25-5) on the opening day of the competition on Sunday.

Using a powerful jump-serve, Martinez finished with a team-high 16 points in the victory. Gaila González followed with 14 and Jineiry Martinez with 8.

As the Dominicans blanked Nicaragua 20-0 in aces, Martinez tied the mark set in the 2013 edition of the competition by Puerto Rican Daly Santana, against Costa Rica.

"I didn’t have any idea about the record," Martinez said during the post-game press conference. "But I am very happy now that I know."

She had abandoned the jump-serve style until last November, when she began to use it again at a U23 tournament in which she took part. "Now I feel comfortable and very confident using it," she said.

The opening day of the U20 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup went through without surprise as the favorites claimed victories at the Ricardo Arias Pavilion in Santo Domingo.

In the first two matches on Sunday, Chile and Argentina breezed past Costa Rica and Mexico respectively in straight sets.

Chile beat Costa Rica 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-12) with their more aggressive serves and a more organised game plan. The Chileans held a 9-0 advantage in serves and 8-3 in blocks.

Amalia Carvajal led Chile with 16 points while Catalina Melo added 14, including four aces.

Argentina defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) based on solid blocking led by Candelaria Herrera, who notched six.

Maria Corbalan and Herrera led the winners with 14 and 12 points, while Agostina Beltramino and Anahi Tosi chipped in with 9 apiece. Mexico’s Maria Rodriguez finished with 13 points.


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