Hosts Mexico remained perfect at the Women's NORCECA Continental Championship ©NORCECA

Hosts Mexico and defending champions Dominican Republic maintained their perfect starts to the Women's Volleyball North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation Continental Championship.

Dominican Republic dismantled Trinidad and Tobago 25-5, 25-17, 25-12 in a dominant performance.

Outside hitter Bethania De La Cruz led the team with 11 points on seven kills, two blocks and two aces but was withdrawn after the second set as Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek rotated the team with view to a long tournament looming.

Kwiek said: "These matches have given us the opportunity for our young players to get into rhythm and for them to feel the weight of using their countries uniform.

"They must assume the responsibility and their role during the game, it’s important for them to be ready whenever we need them. 

"Tomorrow is totally different, we must study Mexico and work hard."

Mexico, who will face Dominican Republic in the final Pool B match tomorrow, beat Costa Rica 25-14, 25-12, 25-21 in an equally impressive display.

Mexican opposite hitter Andrea Rangel led all scorers with 14 points on eight kills, three blocks and three aces and was supported by outside hitter Samantha Bricio with nine points and middle blocker Patricia Valle, who scored seven points.

Mexico coach Rafael Petry, who also rested key players, said: "I gave an opportunity to those players who have played less and that affected the group’s concentration that initially started, that was the reason why Costa Rica was closer.

"Nevertheless, I value our victory and the players' performance."

In the other game of the day, the United States earned their first victory of the Championship, downing Canada 25-17, 15-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-8 in the highest match of the day.

Kara Bejema led the US scorers, with 11 kills, two blocks and one ace; opposite hitter Danielle Cuttino and outside hitter Lindsay Stalzer supported her with 12 points each.

US captain Danielle Cuttino said: "We showed a fight, eventually we’ll clamp sooner instead of five sets. 

"We have girls that are ready to come in, our bench is pretty deep and they brought a lot of energy and made a huge difference, everybody knows their role."

The group stages conclude tomorrow with Mexico against Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico against Canada and Trinidad and Tobago against Costa Rica.