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Fist-pumping Mexicans prove their superiority over off-form Dominican Republic

Dominican Yonkaira Paola Pena Isabel slips to the floor while attempting to dig a fast spike from Mexico.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 8, 2009 – In-form Mexico came out in full force to power past Dominican Republic in straight sets 25-18 25-22 25-15.
 After mercilessly crushing Egypt in a totally lop-sided battle in the previous match, Mexico remained in magnificent form in the clash against Dominican Republic to gain the upper hand initially to lead 5-1 in the first set. Dominican head coach Enrique Larrazaleta asked for time-out to improve his side’s below-par form. His intention worked out pretty well as the North American girls scored successive three points to narrow the gap 4-5.
 However, Mexico learned fast how to cope well with the rivals. They frustrated the Dominicans, with high-leaping Samantha Bricio producing terrific jump serves and hard-hitting Andrea Rangel carrying out deadly cross-court smashes. Mexico won the first set 25-18.
 Dominican Republic recovered from the nervous first set to lead 5-0 initially in the second set. Mexican head coach Ricardo de Jesus Nar asked for time-out to decipher the rivals’ tactics. His determined attempt bore fruits well when the Mexican girls steadied their nerves and hit back gallantly to successfully close the margin 5-5 and continued their sparkling form to take the closely-contested set 25-22.
 In the third set, Dominican Republic replaced their best players with substitutions to improve their game and fortune in the match. Still, Mexico remained unbeatable. The Mexican girls clinched the set 25-15 and the crucial match.





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