SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 6, 2022 – Defending champions and home team Dominican Republic kept sole position of first place at the second edition of NORCECA Final Six Pan American Coup with a third victory without losses after defeating Puerto Rico in straight sets 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-17) on Tuesday night.
The Queens of the Caribbean dominated in attacks (36-26), blocks (14-4) and service winners (5-3).
Gaila Gonzalez led the home girls with 13 points, including two blocks and one ace, followed by Brayelin Martínez with 11 points, all via attacks and Candida Arias with 6 blocks.
Brittany Abercrombie and Karina Ocasio were the best for Puerto Rico each with 9 points.
Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: We know that this tournament is a tournament where there is obviously a quota for the Pan American Games, we are already classified, we have just come from a tournament and I am trying to give the girls rest to give the newest ones experience and it is preparation for what comes this year which is the World Championship. The most important thing was that they were able to play a good game and very well fought.
Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico: We knew that we were coming against a world-class team that has been training together for a long time and very few of us have already had high-level matches this summer, today things did not go as we wanted but this match prepares us well for the level we want to reach to try to do my best in the World Cup.