NORCECA Women’s Pan American Cup
- July 8-14, 2018
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Pool A: Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru
Canada claimed its spot in the semifinals with its third straight sweep, handing the Dominican Republic its first loss of the tournament. Meanwhile, Peru claimed its first win of the Pan Am Cup with a sweep of Costa Rica.
Canada def. Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-20)
Alexa Gray piled up a match-high 18 points, including 15 of the team’s 34 kills, and Kiera Van Ryk added 14 points including six aces, to lead Canada in the sweep.
Autumn Bailey and Jennifer Cross chipped in seven points apiece, while Emily Maglio added six points, including a team-best two blocks. Bailey, Cross and Maglio notched four kills apiece, while Gray and Bailey served up two aces.
Brayelin Martinez paced the Dominican Republic with 12 points, all on kills, while Gina Mambru chipped in eight points on seven kills and a block. Annerys Vargas Valdez put up two blocks, while Candida Arias Perez and Yonkaira Pena Isabel served up two aces apiece.
Canada served up 11 aces and outdid the Dominicans in kills (34-30), blocks (6-4) and aces (11-5) and took advantage of 24 errors in the win.
“A good summary of the match is that we played very bad and Canada played very well,” Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek said. “We didn’t execute with our serves and lacked aggressiveness.”
On the other side of the coin, Canadian coach Marcello Abbondanza was thrilled with his team’s effort.
“It was one of the best games we have played,” Abbondanza said. “It was one spectacular victory, with a neat execution.”
Peru def. Costa Rica 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-15)
Peru dominated the offensive side of the ball, outdoing Costa Rica 43-22 in kills, in its first Pan Am Cup victory.
The Peruvians also won the serving battle 7-3 in aces. Costa Rica scored 23 point on Peru errors, while committing just 18 of its own. Both teams put up seven blocks.
Brenda Lobaton chalked up a match-high 17 points on 15 kills and two blocks. Kiara Montes tacked on 14 points with 11 kills and a team-best three aces. Brenda Uribe added nine points, all on putaways. Clarivett Ylescas put up a team-leading two blocks alongside Lobaton.
Tannia Carazo Martinez (9), Mijal Hines Cuza (8) and Irena Fonseca Avila (7) led the charge for Costa Rica. Martinez downed eight kills and added a block, while Hines added six putaways and two blocks. Fonseca tallied four kills, two blocks and an ace.