FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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China claim historic victory against fighting Dominicans for a semifinal berth


Dominican blockers couldn't stop the Chinese attackers in their quarterfinal match at the FIVB Girls' U18

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 2, 2013- Super attacking weapon Xinyue Yuan who is the second tallest player in the competition (199 cm) conducted World No. 1 China to a historic victory over World No. 8 Dominican Republic led by the tallest player in the competition Elizabeth Martinez (200 cm) in a fantastic come back 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-22, 15-6) after 106 minutes of excellent performance in the quarterfinal of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship held at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday.

  China qualified to the semifinal of the competition for the second time in row and fifth in their history, while Dominican Republic will play for 5 to 8 positions.

 Coming from behind after losing the first and second sets the Chinese came back with great motivation as they returned to their style using the quick attacks using their horrible center Xinyue Yuan who scored 22 points as her team best scorer including 5 successful blocks. she played a great role also in scoring the crucial points specially in the fourth set that turned the situations completely.

 The match started with full dominance for the Caribbean team led by their attacker Elizabeth who was the match scorer with 27 points and the opposite Gaila Gonzalez who sent their razor sharp hits to their oppnent to lead 2-0, before China came back aggressively through their centers to win widely the third set 25-11.

 The wide victory gave the Chinese team a lot of emotions to continue in a rising curve, while their opponent was coming negatively specially in the defensive part and thus it was the pathway to win the fourth set after a great fight and them the tiebreak widely 15-6.

 

 

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