Dominican Republic see off Slovenia in a thrilling game
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 30, 2013- World No. 8 Dominican Republic came back from set behind to achieve an exciting 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23) win against No 33 Slovenia in Pool C of FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Tuesday.
Now Dominican improved their win- loss ratio at the end of the preliminary to 2-2, while Slovenia dropped to the same ratio 2-2 but Slovenia finished third of the pool ahead of Dominican who finished fourth by set ratio rule.
Starting with a little disturbance in defence, Dominican team regained their motivated rhythm to win three successive sets due to the regular marvelous performance of the sisters Elizabeth and Natalia Martinez. The older Elizabeth was as usual the best performing player and coming out as the best scorer with 23 points including 3 stuff blocks, while the younger Natalia was the second scorer with 14 points.
From the Slovenian side Sasa Zdovc was the best scorer with 11 points followed by Katja Mihalinec 8.
After a good start from Slovenia, their coach started to make a lot of substitutions as he fielded all his list of players throughout the match, so they started to commit a lot mistakes. In the mean time Dominican team improved their blocking to stop a lot of their opponent's combinations to win three successive sets.
2013 Girls’ U18 World Championship