Dominican Republic advance to Semifinals at the Pan American Games

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 23, 2023.- Dominican Republic advanced to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games Women’s Volleyball tournament semifinals after defeating Colombia 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-20) on Monday at the Arena Parque O’Higgins.

Defending champions Dominican Republic won Pool B undefeated to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals. Colombia finished fourth place and will play for positions five to eight.

Colombia put up a better battle in the second and third sets, taking advantage of several Dominican unforced errors.

Dominicans dominating serves (14-4) were too much to handle for Colombia, in addition to finishing with advantages in kills 33-28 and in blocks 6-4. Dominican Republic capitalized 22 points on Colombian errors and gave away 16.

Bethania De La Cruz and Gaila Gonzalez, DOM.

Outside hitter Yonkaira Peña led Dominican Republic with 13 points on 9 kills and 4 service points. Opposite hitter Gaila González added 10 points on 6 kills and 4 aces.

Colombian opposite Sofía Cuartas scored 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace.

“I think it was a good match where Colombia took advantage of every opportunity, they are a young team that played very well. We started a bit slow. We hope to be in the final and be champions!”, said Dominican Gaila González.

Sofia Cuartas, of Colombia said “They are an opponent who we admire. Colombia is a young team and we’ve always watched them play and performing so nicely against them makes me proud of our work. We know that soon we will face them again in a better way”.