The head coach of the women’s volleyball national team of the Dominican Republic, Marcos Kwiek, made a bit surprising decision while composing the roster for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
There was no room for an experienced, some would say the veteran, player Gina Mambrú on the Dominican Olympic roster. The federation explained the decision of the head coach Kwiek not to put a 35-year-old opposite hitter (who has been in the national team since 2008) on the 12-player squad for Tokyo with the fact that the Brazilian expert and his staff preferred to give priority to defense and reception to attack and thus enlisted a second libero, Larysmer Martínez, who will help Brenda Castillo.
The Dominican squad for Tokyo:
Setters: Niverka Marte and Camil Domínguez
Opposite hitters: Brayelin Martínez and Gaila González
Outside hitters: Bethania De La Cruz, Prisilla Rivera, and Yonkaira Peña
Middle blockers: Jineiry Martínez, Annerys Vargas, and Lisvel Eve
Liberos: Brenda Castillo and Larysmer Martínez