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FIVB Women's World Cup 2007
 
Match Description
 
Dominican Republic earn second victory
 

Dominican Sidarka Nunez jumps high for a spike against Kenya.
Komaki, Japan, November 15, 2007 -- The Dominican Republic picked up their second win of the World Cup with a steady 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 victory over Kenya at Komaki Park Arena on Thursday.
Bethania De La Cruz led the Dominicans with 20 points and was well supported by teammates Sidarka Nunez (15 points) and Cosiri Rodriguez (13).
Kenya's leading scorer was Dorcas Ndasaba with 11 points.
Kenya came into the game on the back of a close game against Thailand, when they came close to achieving their first win. Despite the five-set loss, they were happy to have won two sets and a happy Kenya usually performs well. Ndasaba improved her points total to 93 in that game.
The Dominican Republic were still searching for their second victory -- they've only beaten Thailand -- but also for enough consistency to dominate other teams. They have the big guns -- De La Cruz is the tournament's fourth-highest scorer -- but they need to fire on a regular basis to make an impression.
There was little to separate the two teams at the start of the match. Dominican captain Rodriguez found her spiking range early but Ndasaba responded in kind, adding a block for good measure. Nunez -- supremely talented but somewhat wayward at times -- came up with two decent spikes, with the second a bomb that saw the Dominicans one point up at the first technical timeout. The Kenyans drew level on a brilliant block by Brackcides Khadambi on Rodriguez, but Nunez spiked the Dominicans back into the lead and, led by Rodriguez, they slowly pulled away from Kenya. After a nice spike and then a block from Cindy Rondon, a little push shot from De La Cruz and a Kenyan error at the net, the Dominican Republic were 21-11 up. But the Dominicans struggled to close out the set. A booming spike by Mercy Moim sparked the first mini-revivial and two big hits by Catherine Wanjiru saw the Kenyans take the score from 24-15 to 24-19 before a rocket by Nunez put an end to their hopes.
Kenya got into the groove first in the second set and breezed to an 8-3 lead at the first TTO as the Dominicans committed three errors and Nunez was blocked twice (by Ndasaba and Diana Khisa). But Nunez returned with a vengeance, landing three high-flying blows to engineer a Dominican fightback and the scores were level at 12-12. De La Cruz, who had been relatively quiet up to this point, also started to find her spiking range and two decent contributions from the 18-year-old finally put her team ahead at 16-15. Two more and another piledriver from Nunez put the Dominicans in control. As he had done in the first set, coach Beato Miguel Cruz brought on 15-year-old Brenda Castillo and the youngster responded with another steady serving spell. A setting error by Kenya's Moim brought setpoint and an earth-shattering shot from De La Cruz put the Dominicans two sets up.
Ndasaba kept the Kenyans in the game early in the third set with a great little push shot and a thumping spike, but neither team played particularly great volleyball. De La Cruz then came up with two service aces to give the Dominicans the edge at 9-7. But while they kept that edge through to the next TTO, they couldn't fight the Kenyans off and the African team was never more than two points behind, even drawing level at 15-15. But a crashing spike and then a service ace by Rondon, followed by three Kenyan errors put the Dominican Republic five points ahead at 20-15. A bomb by Rodriguez brought matchpoint and a reception error by Ndasaba ended the match.