Mexicali, Mexico, July 22, 2009- Finally the strugglers of Dominican Republic won a tiebreak after losing the same situation against Brazil and Germany. This time they took all the lessons to beat the efficient Turkey team 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7) in third and last day of the second round pool F of the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Wednesday.
Dominican Republic finished Pool F matches with a win- loss ratio of 2-1 to come second to Germany and secure a semifinal ticket while Turkey dropped to 1-2 to finish third and play for the 5-8 brackets
It was really a fantastic game that made the spectators on their toes for two hours and began by Dominican dominance winning the first set but Turkey survived back to win two successive sets before the Dominicans but all the lessons they learnt from the previous tie breaks to win this time. Once more the Caribbean team libero Brenda Castillo was the star of the match not only with her fighting defense but also with her setting and conduction of the attacks in many parts of the match. In the superstar framework were also the Dominican duo of Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Elisa Eve who scored 27 (match scorer) and 21 respectively as well as the setter Niverka Marte. From the Turkish side it was the opposite Polen Uslupehlivan who scored 26 points.
Dominican Republic started the match aggressively using their better front line in spiking from all the net position, while the Turkish team suffered in deploying the block against these attacks. Estefany Arias worked well in the fast attacks from the middle of the net while Elisa Eve and Ana Binet spiked better from position 4 to allow their team to have the good start 8-6 at the FTT. With Jeoselyna Rodriguez doing her well known job, Dominican extended their lead 16-10 at the STT. Turkey returned back with the arrangement of their reception and backline defense to arrange their attacks through the right attacker Polen Uslupehlivan and they succeeded to decrease the point difference to 20-18 before the Dominicans again sent their unstoppable hits of Jeoselyna to win the set 25-20.
The second set showed a different performance for Turkey players as they improved their attacks and also the reception while the Dominican team committed repeated mistakes that allowed turkey to gain the lead for the first time 8-4 at the FTT. Dominican regained their rhythm in attacks and again the libero Brenda Castillo did a great job in defense to lead her team to recover and reach 16-15 at the STT. Turkey team maintained their pressure through the blockers Elif Durmaz and Nesve Buyukbayram and they succeeded through their efficient opposite Polen to win the set 26-24.
Turkey’s setter Asuman Karakoyon did a great job conducting her combinations using her opposite Polen and thus she led her team to reach to 8-5 at the FTT. The Dominicans regained their dominance for a while using the strong attacks of Eve from position 4 and also Jeroselyna from position 4 to come back and draw several times. Again polen was in her day as she scored the critical points towards the win 25-22.
Asuman controlled Turkey’s attacks at the beginning of the set till the Dominican team arranged their blockers and passed to 8-6 lead at the FTT. Although Turkey had good backline defense but it was penetrated frequently through the skillful spikes from Jeoselyna and Eve with the aid of the quick attacks through Manfranchi and Marianne so Dominicans went to lead 16-12 at the STT. Turkey struggled to come back but the opponent was insisting to win the set and it happened 25-22 and again the match extended to tiebreak.
The ties break showed very aggressive performance from the Dominicans who fought in both defense and attacks to lead widely 8-2 at the court turn, then continued to win the tiebreak 15-7.