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China breeze past Dominican Republic

China captain Wei Qiuyue was inspirational in the third, helping her players rally to victory over Dominican Republic
Hong Kong, China August 19th 2011 – China beat Dominican Republic in front of their home fans in straight sets (26-24, 25-22, 25-18) at Hong Kong Coliseum getting their weekend in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix preliminary round off to a perfect start in Friday’s final match.

Yang Junjing scored an astonishing 19 points for the hosts, topping the scores.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

The first set was a tight affair early on as both teams started the match with an intense level of concentration. With splendid spikes and blocks China scored four points in a row to lead Dominican Republic 8-5 at the first TTO. Dominican Republic refused to let China gain too much of advantage however and their tactical strategies saw them go ahead of the home side at 12-10 forcing China to call for a substitution. China’s Wang Yimei levelled the scores through her powerful serves. Helped along by some unforced errors from Dominican Republic, China finally held the upper hand at the second TTO 16-15 before digging deep and taking the set.

Spurred on by the crowd, China made a flying start in the second set before being pegged back following some unforced errors. The fighting spirit was evident on both teams as they battled point by point but China consistently rained down on Dominican Republic’s reception from different positions and with more a solid defence, they expanded the margin to 16-11 at the second TTO. Dominican Republic had a very strong urge to fight back after the TTO, forcing China to call for a break at 17-14. Taking advantage of China’s lack of coordination, the match continued with a smaller margin and eventually the scores leveled off at 20-20. China came back on court and improved their communication and a couple of successful blocks saw the side get back on track before they sealed off the set.

Dominican Republic’s concrete block saw the visitors go ahead by three points at the beginning of the third set. China strengthened their defence and regained momentum rapidly and under the influence of captain Wei Qiuyue, China widened the gap at 11-6. Losing two sets in a row, Dominican Republic was not discouraged, demonstrating their stamina as Bethania De La Cruz de Peña put on a devastating display with both her block and attack. The Chinese girls were patient and focused, forcing Domincan Republic to call for two timeouts towards the end of the set. However, China continued to manipulate the pace and claimed the set at 25-18.

On Saturday, China will face Kazakhstan while Dominican Republic will take on Poland.


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