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Dominican Republic beat U.S.A. 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-17) - duration 2:24
18-Aug, start time: 9:00, end time: 11:24 - Attendance: 750
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
USA suffers shock-defeat at the hands of the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic stuns the United States by beating the world number one in five-sets, 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-17) at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Wednesday.

The pre-match predictions spoke about an easy American win. However, the Dominican Republic, ranked 13th in the world, were ready to shock the United States right from the opening whistle.

Thanks to some excellent blocking (16 kill-blocks in total) the Caribbean team won the first set by 26-24.

They could have done the same in the second set too, but they lost their focus at the crucial moments. The US team took advantage of the Dominican faults and won 25-22.

But the Dominicans were not willing to give up the fight. The spike of Kenia MORETA PEREZ sealed a tight 27-25 victory for the Dominican Republic to take the lead in sets, 2-1.

Shocked but not disappointed USA found the way to recover and tie the match after a tight 25-23 win in the fourth set.

The battle in the tiebreaker was exhilirating. Having fought back from 2-1 down to tie the match USA were in the driving seat but the Dominican Republic, having got this far, weren't going to let the opportunity of beating the world's best team pass them by and they sailed to a glorious victory.

Milagros CABRAL DELA CRUZ, Yudelkys BAUTISTA and MORETA PEREZ were the top scorers for the winners with 21, 20 and 19 points respectively.

Tayyiba HANEEF and Logan TOM found it difficult to finish the US attacks but still scored 20 and 19 points (18 successes from 51 spikes and 16/45 respectively).

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