FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Brazil rebound to overcome fighting Dominicans


Elizabeth Martinez (Domincan Republic) tipping the ball against Brazil's block of Lana Conceicao and Thais Oliviera

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 26, 2013 – Brazil overcame a sluggish start to beat the spirited Dominican Republic team 3-1 (15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-30) in their opening Pool C match of the FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship at the Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday.

Laiza Ferreira led Brazil’s scorers with an impressive 17 points followed by opposite Lorenne Geraldo with 16 points. The Dominican Republic spiker, Natalia Martinez led the top scorers of the match with 22 points.

After losing the first set, Brazil regained their performance and succeeded to block well and rebounded to win three successive sets.
 
The competition's youngest player, Natalia Martinez from the Dominican Republic (12 years old) took her team to a first set win with her spikes and with assistance from fellow team-mate, Elizabeth Martinez before Brazil arranged their defence to win the second set which ended in a score of 33-31.

Brazil’s players were then more motivated to win the third set 25-8, but not before having to fight hard against the Dominicans solid performance, to win the match 3-1


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