Gdynia, Poland, August 6, 2010 - The USA claimed their first win of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix on Friday as they picked up a 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19) win over the Dominican Republic in Gdynia, Poland.
Destinee Hooker topped the scores for the victors with 17 points, as both sides struggled in attack.
The first set was a rollercoaster ride with the Dominicans starting well, leading up to 24-20. However the USA's Megan Hodge put in a number of sensational serves to help her side pull back to take the set.
The Americans started the second set better and jumped to an early lead. However Eve Mejia's good services gave Dominican Republic the lead before bringing the scores even at 1-1.
The U.S. took the lead early on in the third and following powerful attacks from Destinee Hooker and a solid block from Foluke Akinradewo they picked up the set.
The Domincan Republic had lost all momentum by the fourth set as the USA stormed to a 7-0 lead. They continued to keep the Dominicans at arms length and finally saw the set out, as well as the match.
The USA now face Germany on Saturday as the Dominican Republic prepare to face Poland.