Canada defeats Dominican Republic and wins a direct ticket to Semifinals

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, November 23, 2023.- Canada defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21) and secured a direct ticket to the semifinals of the NORCECA Girls’ U17  Continental Championship in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Canada claimed the top spot in Pool A undefeated (3-0) to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The Dominican Republic, finishing in second place (2-1), will play in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The top three finishers in the event will qualify for the 2024 FIVB World Championship.

Canada led in attacking points 44-39, while the Dominicans controlled blocking points 9-8 and service points 15-14. Canada scored on 28 errors from the Dominican Republic and conceded 18.

Natalie Wahlgren CAN

Outside hitter Natalie Wahlgren led Canada with 15 points, accompanied by middle blockers Ella Hope and Dara Obeid, each contributing 13 points.

Estel Santos was the top scorer for the Dominican Republic with 17 points, and Ana Encarnación added 12, including 9 aces.

“As a team we really stepped up, especially when we were in a little bit of trouble in serve-receive and we were able to keep it together. There was a little bit of confidence in the third set. Now we have a rest day to get ready for the semifinals” said Natalie Wahlgren, Canada’s top scorer.

Dominican Estel Santos said, “We improved the serve and reception in the third set, and there was greater unity. Tomorrow, we need to practice blocking and assistance to face the next game; I think that’s what we lack. Personally, I feel that I attacked well”.