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Serbia beat Dominican Republic in three sets

Serbia celebrate a point against the Dominican Republic on Saturday
Komaki, Japan, August 13, 2011 – Serbia overcame the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-22) on the second day of Pool H action in the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix at Park Arena Komaki on Saturday.

Sanja Malagurski was the top scorer for Serbia with 15 points, while Bethania de la Cruz led the Dominican Republic with 14 points. The Dominicans gave up 24 points on errors to Serbia's 16.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28


Both teams found their spiking range early and it was even to 4-4 in the first set. A service ace by Malagurski and a couple of Dominican errors saw Serbia 8-5 ahead at the first technical timeout. After that, the game went off the boil, but Serbia were four points ahead at the second TTO. After Natasa Krsmanovic made successive blocks on Prisilla Rivera to take Serbia's lead to 18-13, coach Marcos Kwiek called a timeout. It didn't do much good and the clearly angry coach hauled his players off again at 21-15. The Dominicans' woes continued and a setting error by Karla Echenique – the Dominicans' ninth error of the set – brought up setpoint, which Jovana Brakocevic converted with an unreturnable thump.

It only took six points of the second set before Kwiek was bringing his players off court again, but it seemed to do the trick as de la Cruz belted a shot through the Serbian defence and Lisvel Elisa Eve made a tremendous block on the big-hitting Malagurski. But great spiking by Brakocevic and Malagurski put Serbia back in the driving seat and they stretched their lead to 9-3, a margin they kept to the second TTO. De La Cruz tried to drag her team back into the match with a couple of spikes and a super block on Malagurski, and the Dominicans pulled to within one point at 21-20 after Serbia took their foot off the accelerator pedal. But successive wide spikes by De la Cruz brought up setpoint and a long shot by Rivera put Serbia 2-0 up.

The Dominicans played brighter volleyball at the start of the third set but still found themselves behind 8-6 at the first TTO. Two monster serves by Annerys Vargas brought the teams level at 10-10 and another super serve by De la Cruz set up an easy score by Rivera that put the Dominican Republic ahead at 12-11. De la Cruz also landed a couple of big spikes, but Serbia fought back to lead 17-15 behind some big serving by Brakocevic. Back came the Dominicans and Serbian coach Zoran Terzic called a timeout at 17-18. The match was heating up with both teams starting to find their attacking form. There was never more than a point in it from 17-17 to 21-21 when Brakocevic gave the Serbs some breathing space with a thunderous spike and a clever tipover that brought up matchpoint. A Serbian error gave the Dominicans hope, but Milena Rasic ended the match with a hit down the middle. 
  

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