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Dominican Republic, Brazil and Japan score victories on day one at Nagoya

 
Dominican Republic scored a straight-set victory over Thailand to kick off the actions at the FIVB Women's World Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya on Tuesday
Nagoya, Japan, November 12, 2013 – Dominican Republic, Brazil and Japan started off on the right foot by winning their respective contests on day one of the FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at Nippongaishi Hall on Tuesday.

The Dominicans began the day with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-23) victory over Thailand behind a superb offensive performance of Bethania De la Cruz, who finished with 25 points, including five blocks and four aces.

Onuma Sittirak had 20 points but in a losing effort as her team was dominated 12-5 in the blocking department and 6-2 in aces. 

“We are happy to get the win,” Dominican Republic’s coach Marcos Kwiek stated. “This was a tough match even though we won 3-0."

"They (Thailand) are well coached and were prepared to play us,” Kwiek added. “We had to really concentrate the entire match.”

Brazil had to battle two close sets with USA before claiming a 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-20) victory in the second match of the day.

Natalia Pereira and Fernanda Garay each recorded 13 points to lead the Brazilians while Kelly Murphy had a match-high 14 points for USA.

“We are happy about the result,” Brazilian coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said. “But we had our ups and downs and lost eight counterattacks in the second set which made it difficult for us.”

“We practiced less than 15 days before coming here,” he added. “We have to keep going.”

Japan totaled 11 service winners to down Russia in four sets 3-1 (25-20, 26-28, 25-16, 26-24) with five players reaching double figures in the offensive charts.

Yuki Ishii led the attack for the home team with 22 points followed by Saori Kimura and Saori Sakuda each with 17. Riho Otake and Risa Shinnabe added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

“Our serves and defence worked well tonight,” Japan’s coach Masayoshi Manabe said after the match. “I was not worried about losing the second set as I kept encouraging my players and they responded.”

On Wednesday, Brazil play against Thailand, Dominican Republic meet Russia and Japan face United States.

Top Scorer by Day
25 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13

Top Scoring Performances
25 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
22 - Yuki Ishii of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13
20 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v Dominican Republic on 12-11-13

Top Blocking Performances
5 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
4 - Annerys Vargas of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
3 - Adenizia Silva of Brazil v United States on 12-11-13
3 - Fabiola Souza of Brazil v United States on 12-11-13

Top Serving Performances
4 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
4 - Saori Kimura of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13
4 - Riho Otake of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13

Top Team-Blocking Performances
14 - Russia v Japan on 12-11-13
12 - Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
10 - Brazil v United States on 12-11-13

Top Team-Serving Performances
11 - Japan v Russia on 12-11-13

Highest Scoring Sets
28-26 Russia v Japan (2nd Set) on 12-11-13
26-24 Brazil v United States (1st Set) on 12-11-13
26-24 Brazil v United States (2nd Set) on 12-11-13
26-24 Japan v Russia (4th Set) on 12-11-13

Highest Scoring Matches
190 - Japan d Russia 3-1 (25-20, 26-28, 25-16, 26-24) on 12-11-13


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