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Dominican Republic Advances to Pan American Gold Medal Match

by WoV
source: NORCECA

In a riveting semifinal clash at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, the Dominican Republic maintained their undefeated streak by triumphing over Argentina with a 3-1 scoreline (16-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17). The thrilling contest took place at the Arena Parque O’Higgins.


This marks the second consecutive time the Dominicans have bested Argentina in the semifinals to vie for the top podium spot at the Pan American Games. Currently boasting a 4-0 record, the Dominican Republic is demonstrating remarkable dominance.

The gold medal clash will witness the Dominican Republic going head-to-head against the victor of the Brazil vs. Mexico semifinal match. Meanwhile, Argentina will contend for the bronze against the team that falls short in the aforementioned face-off.

Despite Argentina showcasing a resilient offense and effective serves, they were able to secure a win only in the first set, capitalizing on the defensive missteps of the Dominican team. However, the Dominican Republic made a commendable comeback, fortifying their blocking strategies which ultimately led them to clinch the next three sets.

Dominican Republic’s success can be attributed to their standout players. Outside hitter Brayelin Martinez led the charge with an impressive 20 points, comprising 18 kills and two blocks. Gaila Gonzalez chipped in with 15 points, which included 11 kills and a match-topping four blocks. Furthermore, Yonkaira Peña contributed 13 points.

On the Argentine side, Team captain Daniela Bulaich was the top scorer with 14 points, made up of 13 kills and one ace. Both Candela Salinas and Maria De La Paz Corbalan lent their support with commendable 11-point performances.

Pan American Games – Semifinals

Dominican Republic vs. Argentina 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17)

Brazil vs. Mexico

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