FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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The Caribbean Classic goes to unbeaten Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico Paola Rojas stopped by Dominican Republic's triple block

Brno, Czech Republic, June 25, 2013 – The match Puerto Rico – Dominican Republic opened on Tuesday morning the competition day at Kajot. The Caribbean Classic ended with unbeaten Dominican Republic topping Pool A, thanks to this last pool result: 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20).

After a good start of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic opposite spiker Gaila Ceneida Gonzalez put her team in 6th gear to get 8 personal point (3 blocks included) and win the set 25-17. Then it was the time for Brayelin Martinez to take the best suggestions from her setter De Leon Toribio, while Puerto Rico was stunned by the aggressive attitude of the opponents (25-17). The third set began with a 8-1 partial, apparently leaving no possibilities for Carlos Cruz’s team to correct their own errors. However Puerto Rico tried their best to catch their opponents, even with the Dominican blocks too regular to allow many free gaps at the net. 19-18 was the first closest score for Puerto Rico, then they got the first match ball, to eventually closed the second one 25-23 with Wilmarie Rivera from zone 4 (8 points in the set for her). In the fourth set the challenge continued with Dominican Republic leading. Puerto Rico was again close, until the team best, Wilmarie Rivera, made two errors in a row and then was blocked on another point attempt. Dominican Republic closed the set leaving them at 20.


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