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China beat Dominican Republic to stay alive

China staved off elimination with a straight-sets victory (25-12, 25-21, 25-14) over the Dominican Republic

Osaka, Japan, November 2, 2010 - China staved off elimination with a straight-sets victory (25-12, 25-21, 25-14) over the Dominican Republic at the FIVB Women's World Championship on the fourth day of first-round action in Pool D at Osaka City Municipal Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

China (2-2) were facing the possibility of going out in the first round of the World Championships for the first time since 1974, following surprise losses to Korea and Turkey. Wang Yimei was the top scorer for China with 13 points, while Ma Yunwen contributed 12 points. Prisilla Rivera led the Dominican Republic with 10 points while China took advantage of the big disparity in errors between the teams (23-9).

The Dominicans saw their record fall to 0-4 with this defeat. They just couldn’t deal with the stronger Chinese team who were under real pressure to win. After the loss to Korea on Sunday night, China came out with its game face on and strolled to 25-12 in the opening set, taking advantage of nine errors by the Dominicans.

Marcos Kwiek's side played better in the second set and trailed only 22-21, but they could not overtake China and fell 25-21. Yue Juemin's team controlled the third set from beginning to end and closed out the match 25-14. China play Russia on Wednesday in the final day of first-round action, while the Dominican Republic face Canada.

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