SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 3, 2022 – On the eve of the start of the Final Six Women’s Tournament, all of the coaches expressed their opinions of the winning chances of their sides of the daily competitions.
During the traditional inspection of the participants, the technical directors met with the press department of NORCECA, the organization in charge of the event.
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Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic:
We are going to take advantage of the tournament to continue the final preparation part with a view to the World Championship, which is the biggest event that we have this year. We are the venue and the expectations are to at least reach the final and discuss the gold. We are the current two-time champions of this competition but this is sport and all the teams come to the same, what I can assure you is that we will play to win all the games.
Carolyn O´Dwyer, coach of Canada:
I think we are really excited that it is a pretty similar team that we had at the PanAm Cup so we just really looking to see how much we can improve on our performance there. We are competing with very strong teams so we will see how we do to get as far as possible.
Tomas Fernandez, coach of Cuba
Our main objective was to qualify for the Central American Games and we achieved it in Hermosillo. What we want to achieve in this tournament is for Cuba to get as close as possible to the podium and try to improve in the Pan American ranking.
Rafael Petry, coach of Mexico:
It will be a tough competition, we know that the teams are well prepared, our objective here is to be fighting for a medal again, it will not be easy, but we will try to represent Mexico as well as possible.
Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico:
In this tournament, our goal is to win a medal. We come from a break as the Puerto Rican League was played in the summer and ended three weeks ago, so we gave the girls a break because they needed it. We only had three training sessions before coming here, but we are also using this competition as preparation for the World Cup. These games are going to help us a lot and we hope to be in our best shape at the end of the tournament.
Michelle Chatman, coach of United States:
We expect that our team plays with a lot of passion and a lot excitement and so we are expecting our players to play well. I think that all of the teams competing here are in very good shape; we all trained hard so it is going to be a lot of fun to play the teams on the court and compete.