Bethania de la Cruz top scored for Dominican Republic in the gold medal match against Colombia ©Getty Images

Dominican Republic bettered Colombia across four sets in the final of the Women's Pan American Volleyball Cup to reclaim their title at Sonora Arena in Hermosillo.

It is the country’s sixth gold medal, and they are now one behind the United States, who hold the record for most titles won at the competition.

The match ended 21-15, 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 in the Caribbean country's favour, aided by outside hitter Bethania de la Cruz recording a match high of 23 points.

Opposite Gaila Gonzalez added another 15 points, which included three points coming from aces.

Outside hitter Yonkaira Peña was Dominican Republic's next top scorer on 14 points.

Colombia's Ana Karina Olaya top scored for her nation with 17 points with fellow outside hitter Amanda Coneo registering 13 points and middle blocker Yeisy Soto tallying 10 points.

Dominican Republic's setter and captain Niverka Marte was chosen as the Most Valuable Player following the triumph.

She was joined by de la Cruz in the ceremonial award winners being named as best spiker and best server.

Niverka Marte was awarded with the Most Valuable Player award for her performances at the Volleyball Cup ©Getty Images
Niverka Marte was awarded with the Most Valuable Player award for her performances at the Volleyball Cup ©Getty Images

Teammates Gaila Gonzalez and Brenda Castillo were recognised as the best opposite and best libero, best receiver and best digger.

Colombia's Maria Alejandra Marin was selected as the best setter while her compatriot Darlevis Mosquera was named the second best blocker.

Marte said: "We have screamed and celebrated a lot, I am so happy and proud of my team.

"I am part of a team of leaders that doesn’t allow anyone to play bad because we are always pushing each other.

"Colombia has a fierce team, they never give up and we respect them, we faced a great opponent that played well and stood up to us.

"The joy and team union from the first day of the tournament is what gave us the crown today."

In the bronze medal match, the United States beat Mexico after triumphing 25-19, 24-26, 25-16, 25-11.

The US' outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry led the team with 24 points.

Avery Skinner of the US was recognised as the second best spiker and best scorer.