FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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De La Cruz key as Dominican Republic cruise past Algeria


Bethania De La Cruz de Peña led her team in scoring for a second straight day

Hiroshima, Japan, November 5, 2011 - Tournament top scorer Bethania De La Cruz de Peña continued on her prolific ways with a personal haul of 16 points as the Dominican Republic made short work of their second match in the World Cup with a straight sets (25-7, 25-15, 25-20) win over Algeria in the first ever match between the two sides in an FIVB competition.

The 24-year-old was in fine form again after scoring 24 points against Argentina on the first day. Faiza Tsabet was ALgeria's best with seven points.

De La Cruz immediately picked up where she left off yesterday, serving well early putting her side up 4-0 with an ace. The Dominican Republic kept rolling powered by Prisilla Altagracia Rivera Brens with a pair of immense spikes that put them up 13-2, capping a six-point run. Algeria couldn’t find an answer for De La Cruz in the set, as she posted seven points including a ferocious kill that gave the world No. 14 a commanding 20-5 lead. She dropped in her third ace to give the Dominicans set point before an errant Algeria return finished the set 25-7.

But the Algerians, the youngest team in the tournament, showed some resilience to start the second set as a drive from Safia Boukhima put them up 5-1 before a fortunate service bounce off the net dropped in for Mouni Abderrahim to make it 8-3. But solid blocking by the Dominicans and a well-placed ace by Karla Miguelina Echenique Medina tied it up at 10-10. The side surged past the Algerians with a stubborn block by Lisvel Elisa Eve Mejia (Eve-Castillo) on Mouni Abderrahim, and she followed again with a spike to give the Dominican Republic a 16-11 edge. De La Cruz had a string of four points (of her seven in the set) late as the Dominicans took the set 25-15, scoring seven of the final eight points.

In the third set Algeria again showed some spirit with Oulmou attacking well to put her side ahead three and then a pair of spikes by Faiza Tsabet to make it 10-6. But the Dominicans weren’t fazed, clawing their way back to tie 11-11 on an ace from Eve-Castillo. They then took the lead as Jeoselyna Rodriguez Santos pitched in with with a pair of kills to put them up 16-12. Fatima Zahra Oukazi (Mazori) played well at the net helped Algeria make a final push to come within one at 20-19. But more good serving from Eve-Castillo gave the Dominicans set point and not longer after the match 25-20.

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