“It was an obligation to win” - Dominican Natalia Martinez


"We still have a long way to go" added wing-spiker and captain Natalia Martinez from Dominican Republic

Rosario, Argentina, August 20, 2017 - Despite there was a winner and a loser between Dominican Republic and Peru, on both teams remains the feeling that there’s a lot to improve. Nevertheless, Dominican Republic’s Natalia Martinez did stress the importance of the victory.

Natalia Martinez, Dominican Republic captain: “It wasn’t a good game in spite of the result. We won, but we still have a long way to go. This is not the Dominican Republic team one may be used to watch, but today things worked out for us even with that. We have to improve in almost every element of the game; we need to give more of ourselves. Anyway, it was an obligation to win and we did it.”

Alexandre Ceccato, Dominican Republic coach: “It was a really tough match where big part of the qualification to the next round was to be decided; that’s why both teams were nervous. We are used to face each other, we played against them a few weeks ago and we won in a tight tie-breaker. Girls this age have trouble taking decisions and that made the match so unstable.”

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Marco Queiroga, Peru coach: “I think the first set showed the nervousness of both teams. We didn’t play well, they took it fairly and built their game from there. Dominican Republic have more experienced girls, while for our girls this is their first World Championship. So, in a crucial and decisive moment, they have been there, they know what to do. Now it’s time to rest, to move on and prepare for the next challenge.”

Kiara Montes, Peru player: “A bit of anger is the feeling right now. They prepared for this competition in Peru, we faced them and lost 3-2 so today was kind of a rematch for us, but we couldn’t do it. We have to keep going, this is not over. This team has a lot to prove yet and we have to get closer to our full potential on next matches.”


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