London 2012

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Dominican Republic claim first win of the tournament, road to 1/4 finals gets complicated for Team GB


Prisilla Rivera (left) was one of two Dominican players finishing in double digits along the way to a 3-0 win over the hosts of Great Britain

London, Great Britain, August 3, 2012 – The Dominican Republic claimed their first win of the Olympic tournament by edging the hosts of Great Britain in straight sets (25-9, 25-18, and 25-19) in what was a sort of last call to remain in contention for a spot in the 1/4 finals coming up next week at Earls Court.

Bethania De La Cruz paced the side from the Caribbean with 12 points with Prisilla Rivera also finishing in double figures with 10. GB captain Lynne Beattie registered a match-high of 11 points. The Dominican Republic killed a total of 13 blocks vs. only 3 for Team GB in what was the first match in history opposing these teams.

With the Dominican Republic having to play Algeria in the last round of the prelims on Sunday and GB set to take on Japan, the chances of the hosts to make it to the 1/4 finals look – unfortunately for the local, very passionate fans – quite minimized.

Britain were on a high from their first victory in Olympic volleyball after beating Algeria in their second group game, but Dominican Republic’s class was evident from the start. Key players Milagros Cabral de la Cruz and Bethania de la Cruz Pena spiked freely and, with Britain inaccurate in their passing, the Dominican Republic won the opening set 25-9.

Britain led briefly in the second set and improved their attacking play, with Lynne Beattie their best outlet but numerous errors cost them. The Dominican Republic defended brilliantly through Brenda Castillo and they won the set 25-18.

In then third set Britain managed to level the score at 10-10, but again Dominican Republic stretched ahead. Prisilla Rivera joined Cabral and de la Cruz in the scoring, and they won the set (25-19) and match.

Dominican Republic, who have one win and three defeats, play Algeria in their final pool match on Sunday, while Great Britain, also with one win and three losses, take on Japan.


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