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Dominicans taste first win in the championship following a stunning five-set victory over title-holders China

Dominican Candida Estefany Arias Perez tries to retrieve the ball dropped by China.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 7, 2009 – Dominican Republic stunned defending and three-time world champions China in a hard-fought five-set thriller 22-25 25-22 25-18 21-25 15-6.
 China got off to a flying start to initially lead 7-2 in the first set, thanks largely to Wang Wei’s exceptional cross-court spikes at the post. The Dominicans, who have yet won a single match in the prestigious championship, maintained their poise to narrow the margin 18-20. However, their game was riddled with unforced spiking and serving errors later on, giving the Chinese the first-set win 25-22.
 After conceding one set, Dominican Republic regrouped to prove that there is life in a sporting event. Coming up with an improved form, the Dominicans raced to the commanding 5-0 lead. Ana Yorkira Binet Stephens unleashed a barrage of powerful middle-court spikes, with Candida Estefany Arias Perez coming from behind to spike thundering fast balls and help Dominican Republic widen the gap 16-14 . Though China mounted a strong challenge, they momentarily lost their touch at the end. Dominican Republic netted the hard-fought set 25-22.
 The Chinese played as if they lost hearts in the third set, making many spiking and blocking errors, while the Dominicans’ confidence grew dominantly. Dominican Republic won the set 25-18.
 The fourth set was more thrilling, with China pouring everything in an effort of making amends for the loss in the second and third sets. China led 13-18 initially and advanced 24-19. However, the Dominicans challenged seriously, hoping for a comeback attempt. Their more determination did not work out well. They saved two set points before China stretched their arms to smash their ways and clinch the close set 25-21.
 China still played erratically in the do-or-die final set, giving the Dominicans a lot of attacking chances. The Dominicans eventually took the set 15-6 without much effort.




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