Prisilla Rivera, left, was named the most valuable player of the tournament after her final match before retirement ©Getty Images

Hosts Dominican Republic became only the second team in history to win the Women's Volleyball Pan American Cup without dropping a single set after they clinched gold at the expense of Mexico in Santo Domingo.

After losing in the last three finals of this competition, Dominican Republic's victory saw them win the cup for the fifth time.

They triumphed 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 in the gold medal match, equalling the achievement of Cuba in 2005 of not losing a set throughout the tournament.

Dominican Republic had also recorded a three-set win against Mexico in the round robin stage, but their opponents reached the final after defeating the champions of the last three editions of the Women's Volleyball Pan American Cup in the United States.

That earned them their first ever medal at the competition, but Dominican Republic captain Prisilla Rivera and Jineiry Martínez both scored 13 points to help their side to victory.

Rivera was named the tournament's most valuable player after the match, as the 36-year-old played the last game of her 20-year career as she now enters retirement.

She was also named first outside-hitter, while Martínez was first middle-blocker, and teammates Gaila Gonzalez and Brenda Castillo won awards for best server and best receiver, digger and libero respectively.

Mexico's María Fernanda Rodríguez was the top scorer and best opposite hitter.

Winning coach Marcos Kwiek was delighted to share Dominican Republic's success with the home crowd.

"I am very happy with this victory after a year without playing with this crowd," Kwiek said.

"We are not free from the pandemic yet but at least we can enjoy it and that they can see the girls on the field.

"We had the game under control all the time.

"It was not something random that was studied so that the game was that way and we demonstrated our value."

In the bronze medal match, the US picked up their 13th medal in the history of the competition by beating Canada in straight sets 26-24, 25-17, 25-17.

Danielle Cuttino and Veronica Jones-Perry top scored with 15 points apiece.

Jones-Perry was named second outside-hitter and her compatriot Alison Bastianelli second middle-blocker, while Canada's Brie King was the best setter.