U.S.A. beat Dominican Rep. 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) - duration 1:11
01-Sep, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:41 - Attendance: 1,121 USA leads Pool C after defeating Dominican Republic
USA is the silent leader of Pool C of the Women's World Championship after the team of the Japanese head coach Toshiaki Yoshida defeated Dominican Republic in straight sets. In the first set the outsiders from the Dominican Republic took off quickly (6-2). After the US team lost their nervousness the match got even. In a fast game, both teams showed great attacks and superb other skills. In the middle of the set the US team wes down three points (13-16). Spurred on by US key player Danielle Scott, "Team USA" closed the gap (15-16) and even took the lead at 19-18. At the end, USA won the set 25-22 and this was the break point for the squad of Jorge Perez Vento. Both teams started the second set on a technically high level. The US players were focused and were able to take the lead (8-5) at the first technical time-out. They widened the gap (16-12) and won the second set with 25-17. In the third set both teams showed an even performance. At the first technical time-out the favourites from the USA led 8-7. The Americans were able to extend the lead and dominated their opponent. Despite numerous substitutions by Jorge Perez Vento, head coach of the Dominican Republic, his team couldn't get back on track. The USA remained the better team and won 25-21. With this victory, 2001 Grand Prix winner USA sails comfortably through to the next round. In Pool C there was no opponent to defeat the US squad. Prikeba Phipps, who plays professionally for the Italian club team Foppapedretti Bergamo, was the best scorer with 16 points. On the Dominican side, Milagros Carbal de la Cruz made 14 points.