Dominican Republic secures its place in the Semifinal

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 24, 2023.- The Queens of the Caribbean remain undefeated with a 3-0 record in the NORCECA Pan American Cup Final Six after defeating Canada 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25- 18) on the fourth day of competitions.

Bethania de la Cruz was the leading scorer for Las Reinas with 18 points and Madeline Guillén added another 17. For Canada Sydney Grills had 11 points while Avery Heppell contributed with 7.

The Dominican Republic has two games left, one against the United States and the other against Puerto Rico. Canada also has two remaining commitments, one with Puerto Rico and the other with Cuba.

Marcos Kwiek, coach of the Dominican Republic: Well, we needed to win this game to secure our spot in the Semifinals. The next game in the Preliminary round is against the United States to continue giving the girls game so that they can all play and then prepare what It will be Semifinal and Final.

Carolyn O’Dwyer, coach of Canada: I think our team improved compared to the first two games which is good to see, we had a noticeable improvement in serving putting the Dominicans off balance. The Dominican Republic is a very good team, I liked how we fought, although we still have a lot to improve.