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Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 in Caribbean showdown


Dominican Republic's Niverka Marte sets against Puerto Rico on Saturday

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, August 10, 2013 – The Dominican Republic won the “Clash in the Caribbean” in the FIVB World Grand Prix on Saturday, overcoming hosts and neighbours Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-20) in Mayaguez.

It was the second time in a week that the two teams had met. The Dominican Republic also won 3-0 last week on home soil.

The result raised the Dominicans’ record in the World Grand Prix to 3-2 for nine points, while Puerto Rico suffered their fifth straight loss and remain without a point. Puerto Rico’s last win in the World Grand Prix came against the Dominican Republic in last year’s tournament.

Bethania De la Cruz of the Dominican Republic was the highest scorer in the match with 18 points, while teammate Annerys Vargas scored 11, including eight blocks. Puerto Rico’s Karina Ocasio and Lynda Morales each scored nine points.

The Dominican Republic earned 14 blocking points to Puerto Rico’s eight and had a 3-2 advantage in aces, with all three of the Dominicans’ service points coming from the big-hitting De La Cruz.

The first set saw a very defensive Puerto Rico pull ahead by a point at the first technical timeout in a tight contest. Blocks and spikes by Vargas and De la Cruz saw the Dominican Republic to a two-point advantage at the second technical time out. Consecutive errors from Puerto Rico allowed their opponents to finish off the set 25-22.

The Dominicans showed their serving power in the second set but the Puerto Rican duo of Ocasio and captain Yarimar Rosa helped tie the scores at 18. Puerto Rico turned up the heat and moved into a 23-20 lead, but the Dominican Republic brought in setter Niverka Marte to change the game flow. Errors from the hosts allowed the Dominicans to overturn the lead and take the set 25-23.  

For the third set, Ania Ruiz of Puerto Rico blocked Pricilla Rivera to wake up the crowd at the Palacio de Recreación y Deportes, but the Dominican Republic answered back with good blocks to move two points ahead at the second TTO. They kept the advantage and took the third set 25-20.

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