FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Clash of Titans between China and Dominican Republic at Women's U23


Big celebration by Dominican players following an impressive performance against the United States on Friday at Baja California High Performance Center in Tijuana

Tijuana, Mexico, October 11, 2013 – China and Dominican Republic are set to play for the gold medal of the inaugural FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship Open on Saturday night at the Baja California High Performance Center.

United States and Japan will meet for the bronze medal in the previous match.

In Friday’s semifinals, China overcame Japan in straight sets 27-25, 26-24, 25-13 after watching the Dominican Republic defeating United States also in consecutive frames 25-21, 25-21, 27-25.

Liu Yanhan topped the scoring charts of China with 18 points, including three blocks, while Wang Qi and Yang Zhou charted 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Even though we won the game, the Japanese team had a better technique,” China’s coach Xu Jiande said. “I think our players are taller than the Japanese players and that was a key factor.”
“We started playing very well, but the Chinese team just waited for us and played very calmed,” Japan’s coach Shigekazu Okubo stated.
Brayelin Martinez led the Dominican Republic with 21 points, followed by Yonkaira Peña who tallied 11 points. McNeal Sha’Dare and Gina Mancuso finished with 12 and 11 points for USA.

“These are very young girls but also very disciplined and with a lot of experience in age-group competitions,” Dominican Republic’s coach Marcos Kwiek said.

“It was a hard fight,” USA’s coach Karch Kiraly commented. “It is good for both teams. They played a great game. Especially they came out very strong to start with.”

In the matches for the 5-8 positions, Turkey demolished Germany 25-13, 25-13, 25-19, while Italy downed Brazil 25-13, 26-24, 25-22.

Early Saturday, Turkey and Italy will play for the fifth position while Brazil and Germany have to settle to battle for the seventh place.

Top Scorer by day
28- Valentina Douf 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- Gozde Yilmaz of Turkey v Japan (Oct. 9)
21- Brayelin Martinez of Dominican Republic v United States (Oct. 11)

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. 8)
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)
7- Cristina Chirichella of Italy v Brazil (Oct. 11)
6- Mara Leao of Brazil v China (Oct. 6)
6- Nur Babat of Turkey v Germany (Oct. 11)

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)

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)
15- Italy v Brazil (Oct. 11)

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
27-25 Dominican Republic v United States (3rd Set) Oct. 11
27-25 China v Japan (1st Set) Oct. 11

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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