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USA to face Russia in Montreux Volley Masters semifinals


Montreux, Switzerland, May 30, 2013 – Outclassing the Dominican Republic in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-14), world No. 2 USA kept a clean sheet after the preliminary round of the 2014 Montreux Volley Masters.

USA’s women improved their win-loss record to 3-0, whilst the Caribbean team till wait for their first success in Montreux.

As winner of Pool B, USA will face Russia in Saturday’s semifinals. The Dominican Republic will challenge Brazil in the race for fifth place.

USA jumped out for an 8-7 early in the opening set. Even though the Dominicans tried their best to resist the powerful USA attack, they couldn’t cope with the speed and precision of the opponents.

Led by Kristin Hildebrand, the US ladies slowly took control of the game. Mambru Casilla answered with some hammers from the right side, but couldn’t stop the American powerhouse in the crucial phase of the first set. Five consecutive points from 18-18 to 23-18 helped USA enter the first set break with a hard-earned 1-0 lead.

The Dominicans, traumatised by the unexpected end in the first set, had lost their positive spirit from the beginning of the match at the start of the second set. USA, on the other hand, kept the pace high. Kelsey Robinson fired several missiles in the opponent’s court, while the block and defense specialists showed their incomparable skills in defense. As a consequence, the North Americans sailed to an easy 25-11 in the second period.

Things didn’t change in the third set with the USA heading toward an undisputed straight-sets win. TeTori Dixon closed it out at 25-14 with an ace.

The best scorer of Friday’s clash was USA’s Kelsey Robinson with 13 kills. Mambru Casilla was the strongest scorer on for the Dominican Republic, with nine points. 


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