FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Dominican Republic and China top Pools at Women’s U23


Dominicans Brayelin Martinez and Marianne Fersola exit the court with happy faces while Mexican Alejandra Perales represents the other side of the coin

Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, October 9, 2013 – Dominican Republic and China finished in first place of Pools A and B, respectively, at the conclusion of the preliminary round in the inaugural FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship Open on Wednesday night.

Japan and United States completed the round of the final-four setting up a very familiar scene as teams from the Asian and NORCECA Confederations will be facing each other in the semifinal phase on Friday at Baja California High Performance Center.

In the battle for the medals, China square off against Japan while Dominican Republic clash with United States. In the semis for the 5-8 positions, Turkey meets Germany and Brazil go against Italy.

Japan finished Pool A with a 5-0 win-loss record and 12 points, but three of their victories came via 3-2 results, valid only two points. The Dominican Republic had a 4-1 record with a total 13 points as all their triumphs were via 3-0 and 3-1 scores while suffering a 2-3 loss to Japan.

China finished with 5-0 record and 14 points and USA finished second in Pool B at 4-1 with 11 points. 

In Wednesday’s action, Dominican Republic beat winless Mexico 25-15, 25-21, 25-21 and China demolished Kenya 25-16, 25-6, 25-14.

Brayelin Martinez was tops in the scoring charts of Dominican Republic with 16 points while Qi Wang led China with 11 rallies.

“Our team has a good balance and it has been improving the serves and the defence with the tournament,” Brazilian coach Marcos Kwiek said about the Dominican side.

“We will try our best to be the best at the end of this championship,” China’s coach Xu Jiande said.

A do-or-die match for the semifinal ticket between United States and Brazil didn’t disappoint the fans at the Mexicali State Auditorium as the American side edged the South American team 25-20, 16-25, 10-25, 25-22, 15-9.

Ariel Turner and Gina Mancuso led the USA squad with 18 and 15 points, respectively, while Sha’Dare McNeil and Hayley Hodson each contributed 13 points.

“I’m really proud of USA Team,” Coach Karch Kiraly said. “We have played against great teams like China and Brazil.”

In another five-setter in Tijuana, Japan outdueled Turkey 23-25, 25-22, 26-24, 16-25, 15-13.

“Our young players made a miracle,” Japan’s coach Shigekazu Okubo commented. “That means we are a team of 12 players.”

The final standings of the preliminary pool play were as follows:

Pool A: Dominican Republic 4-1 (13 points), Japan 5-0 (12), Turkey 3-2 (9), Italy 2-3 (8), Argentina 1-4 (3), Mexico 0-5 (0). Pool B: China 5-0 (14), United States 4-1 (11), Brazil 3-2 (10), Germany 2-3 (7), Cuba 1-4 (3), Kenya 0-5 (0).

Top Scorer by day
28- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Turkey (Oct. 5)
31- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
20- Yurie Nabeya of Japan v Dominican Republic (Oct. 7)
20- Jeoselyna Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Japan (Oct. 7)
20- Gina Mancuso of United States v Germany (Oct. 7)
25- Gina Mancuso of United States v China (Oct. 8)
24- Liu Yanhan of China v United States (Oct. 9)

Top Scoring Performances
31- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
28- Valentina Diouf of Italy v Turkey (Oct. 5)
25- Gina Mancuso of United States v China (Oct. 8)
24- Liu Yanhan of China v United States (Oct. 9)
24- Gozde Yilmaz of Turkey v Japan (Oct. 9)

Top Blocking Performances
8- Francynne Jacintho of Brazil v Cuba (Oct. 5)
7- Raphaela Folie of Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
6- Mara Leao of Brazil v China (Oct. 6)
5- Several players

Top Serving Performances
7- Jeoselyna Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Turkey (Oct. 6)
5- Hayley Hodson of United States v Kenya (Oct. 5)
5- Nozomi Ito of Japan v Dominican Republic (Oct. 7)
5- Liu Yanhan of China v United States (Oct. 8)
4- Several players

Top Team-Blocking Performances
21- Turkey v Japan (Oct. 9)
20- Italy v Japan (Oct. 6)
17- Brazil v Cuba (Oct. 5)
16- Dominican Republic v Italy (Oct. 8)
15- Japan v Italy (Oct. 6)
15- Dominican Republic v Turkey (Oct. 6)

Top Team-Serving Performances
11- United States v Kenya (Oct. 5)
10- Turkey v Italy (Oct. 5)
10- Italy v Turkey (Oct. 5)

Highest Scoring Sets
31-29 Italy v Turkey (1st Set) Oct. 5
28-26 Brazil v Cuba (1st Set) Oct. 5
27-25 Cuba v Brazil (2nd Set) Oct 5
27-25 Germany v United States Oct. 7

Highest Scoring Matches
230- Turkey d Italy 3-2 (29-31, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22, 17-15) Oct. 5
214- Japan d Turkey 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 26-24, 16-25, 15-13) Oct. 9
204- Japan d Italy 3-2 (21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-12) Oct. 6
203- United States d Germany 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 25-27, 25-12, 15-11) Oct. 7

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