LIMA, Peru, September 21, 2016 – Two-time defending champions Dominican Republic returned to the right track with a straight-set 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) victory over Cuba in the third day of actions at the U23 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Gatorade at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum of Miraflores.
One day after losing to Argentina, the Dominicans played with more intensity and improved all facets of their game. They now have a 2-1 win-loss record while Cuba fell to 1-2.
The Dominicans outblocked Cuba 12-2 and made only 13 unforced errors to 31 by the Cubans, who dominated in attacks 37-30 and in aces 6-2.
Brayelin Martinez led the winners with 16 points, including four blocks and one ace, followed by Natalia Martinez who finished with 9 points, all in attacks, despite starting only in the third set. Jineiry Martinez contributed 7 points, including five blocks, in the victory.
Dalila Palma and Diaris Pérez finished with 10 points apiece for Cuba, while Yelennis Diaz had eight points.