Hong Kong, August 14, 2009 - China, coached by Bin Cai, easilz accounted for the bottom side in the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix with a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20) win over the Dominican Republic at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Friday.
The first set of the game started by a battle back and forth between the two teams. China led by only two points at 8-6 before the first TTO. The Dominicans then showed excellent teamwork, coming back to tie the score at 10-10. However, the Dominicans could not sustain their momentum. The excellent spikes and blocks by Ming Xue secured the leading position of China at 16-15 before the second TTO. After scoring seven straight points, the set became tight again as the Dominicans strengthened their defense. China then won the set 25-21 with a successful spike by Na Yin.
The second set remained tight with the concrete defense of China giving the Dominicans a hard time to gain points. Despite their vigorous attacks, the margin remained minimal before the first TTO (8-7). The Dominicans continued their impressive attacks, forcing China to call for a TO at 12-8. Trailing 14-19, China called for another TO, eventually tying the score at 19-19. Taking advantage of unforced errors made by China, the Dominicans then clinched the set 25-21.
Having dropped the second set, China soon set out to crush any confidence the Dominicans still had at the beginning of the third set. They dominated at the first TTO with strategic back attacks and a superb performance at the net. The Dominicans was not able to return to heights of the second set, giving China a chance to sustain a huge lead towards the second TTO at 16-8 before China were on the verge of claiming the set at 23-15. The dominance of China was indisputable. The set was closed by a serving error of the Dominicans at 25-15.
The fourth set was a continuation of the good rhythm and consistency of China, never allowing the Dominican Republic to narrow the gap.