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Dominican Republic defeat Bulgaria in breath taking match


Dominican Republic celebrates the win

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, August 11, 2013 – In the inaugural meeting between the two countries, the women from the Dominican Republic and Bulgaria preformed the biggest showdown for Pool G on Sunday, which ended in a 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 28-30 and 16-14) win for the Dominican Republic, and 2-1 Pool G record for each team.

Despite the loss, Bulgarians Dobriana Rabadzhieva and Emiliya Nikolova were the best scorers of the encounter with 26 and 25 points respectively.

The first set showed a lot of technical plays from both teams.  Bulgaria’s triple block helped them battle with a consistent Dominican Republic team that took advantage of 20-18 forcing Bulgarian head coach, Marcello Abbondanza, to call a time out. A block by Jeoselyna Rodriguez extended the lead of the Dominican Republic to 24-21 and Priscilla Rivera then end the set 25-22 with a spike against the block.

For the second set, Bulgaria started slowly, with an erratic receiving line. The team rearranged their plays to level the match to a 1-1 after taking the set with an effective attack from Elitsa Vasileva for the 25-18.  

Young Dominican Brayelin Martinez helped to recover the lead to win the third set 25-23 guided by setter Niverka Marte and middle blocker Candida Arias.

The first half of a breath taking fourth set was dominated by Bulgaria when Dobriana Rabadshieva scored the 16-12. The Dominican Republic responded back and returned to tie at 16. The biggest rally of the game began at the latest points where both teams interchange the leading set point. Finally, a block from setter Emiliya Nikolova sealed the fourth set 30-28 to extend the game to a fifth set.

The final and decisive fifth set bring the best of both teams that fought until an impressive block from Candida Arias stopped Bulgarian Dobriana Rabadshieva to win 16-14.

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