Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, July 18, 2022 – The girls of the Dominican Republic used their height and speed to defeat Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-11) at the Girls U19 Pan American Cup on Monday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Dominican Republic (1-0) will continue pool play on Tuesday against Brazil. Costa Rica (0-1) will play Puerto Rico. All matches are being live streamed at https://www.ballertv.com/events/2022-norceca-girls-u19-pan-american-cup.
Dominican Republic led the statistics, with greater numbers of spikes (33-14), blocks (7-0) and aces (16-0).
Sellany Puente of Dominican Republic led all scorers with 16 points on nine kills, three blocks and four aces. Ariana Rodriguez had six aces for the DR.
Silvana Zavaleta paced Costa Rica with six points.
Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic: “It was a good start for us but the tournament is just beginning for us. Many of our younger girls had chances to play. We need to keep working to get the ticket to the world championship”.
Costa Rica Head Coach Kareem Richards: “We knew it was going to be a complicated start. It’s the first tournament for these girls. Our goal is to gain experience. As I said before you learn more from the losses than the victories. We’ll continue representing our country with pride trying to do the things better with each day.”