Brazil enjoys their victory in straight sets over Dominican Republic
Lima, Peru, Defending champions Brazil remain the only unbeaten team at the II Final Four Women’s Cup following their victory on Day 2 over the Dominican Republic at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum on Thursday.
In the day’s other match, USA defeated hosts Peru.
The girls from Brazil dispatched the Dominican Republic in straight sets 25-18, 25-18, 25-18, while USA defeated hosts Peru 25-10, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20. The Americans and Dominicans have 1-1 records, while Peru dropped to 0-2.
Fernanda Rodrigues led three Brazilian players in double digits with 16 points, while Joyce Silva and Adenizia Silva charted 13 and 12 respectively. Annerys Vargas topped the Dominican side with 12 points and Milagros Cabral added 8.
Angie Pressey was the top American scorer with 23 points, Cynthia Barboza contributed 15 and Nicole Fawcett added 11 tallies. Peruvian Leyla Chihuán charted 14 points and Diana Soto had 14.
“Our team played with a good level of concentration and executed all the strategies,” said Paulo Barros, the coach of Brazil. “Our blocking was consistent during the whole match, not only in finishing plays but also to keep the ball in play for our second options.”
“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought match because Peru is a good team,” said U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon. “We played a good game and had good rhythm at certain moments. Now we will continue working on getting the shape we want to.”
Dominican Repulic coach Marcos Kwiek was unhappy with his team’s performance: “It was a bad game for our team. We made many errors and failed on the important plays. Now we need to take this game out of our heads and keep working toward the next contests. In this tournament, the most important match is the semifinal.”