SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republicm September 4, 2022 – Defending champions Dominican Republic swept Cuba 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18 to complete the opening actions of the NORCECA Final Six Pan American Women’s Volley ball on Sunday.
The threesome of Yonkaira Peña, Gaila Gonzalez and Brayelin Martinez topped the offense of the Dominican side popularly called The Queens of the Caribbean with 14, 12 and 10 points respectively,
Cubans Dezirett Madam and Ailama Cese each landed 9 points as the best scorers for the defeated side.
As a team the home side, supported by an enthusiastic crowd at the Volleyball Palace Ricardo Arias, had the advantage in service winners 7-3 and the blocking category 10-6.
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: It is very good to have Cuba back in international events. That is something that we need for Cuba to raise its level, for us to have more level teams in our area because we are all growing. Today we tried to play our game respecting the tactics and techniques It is a long tournament because it is played every day and this is just the beginning.
Tomas Fernandez, coach of Cuba: To thank the Dominican Republic for the intensity they had playing with us, for me it is a pleasant headache to face the Dominican Republic, which is a team that has a lot of prominence not only in the Pan-American region but also worldwide and you learn a lot playing against this set.