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Germany cruises past the fighters of Dominican Republic

The German blockers dominated the match

Mexicali, Mexico, July 21, 2009- The German team survived 5 set points in the second set and 2 set points in the third set to rebound from one set behind and clinch a difficult victory over the strugglers of Dominican Republic 3-2 (22-25, 29-27, 26-24, 22-25- 15-11) in the second day of the second round pool F of the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Tuesday.
 The German captain Sarah Petrausch was the key factor of the victory not only with her impressive 32 points scored in the match but also with her leadership during the crucial time of the match. In the Dominican side the Dio Elisa Eve and Jeoselyna Rodriquez made a fantastic job scoring 31 and 28 points respectively.
 Dominican team started the match using their well known big guns specially Jeoselyna Rodriguez in position 2 and Elisa Eve in position 4 to lead 8-6 at the FTT specially after they succeeded to stop Germany attacks through their blockers and effective backline defense led by the libero Brenda Casillo. The Germans started to arrange their attacks through their efficient spikers Natalia Cukseeva and Anja Brandt but the more insistent Dominicans went leading also at the STT 16-24. The set passed into more exciting stage when the Germans came from behind but again with two blocks from Eve and more successful spikes from Jeoselyna Dominican went to win the set 25-22.
 Germany started the second set with better performance of their blocker Berit aufieldt who succeeded to get several blocks that made a push to her team to lead at the FTT 8-6. With good work in the combinations led by Germany setter Lena Mollers her team scored many points through Petrausch and Cukseeva as they increased the point deficit to 12-8 before the Dominicans fought back to get a narrow lead 16-15 at the STT. The German team committed many mistakes in reception and digging that allowed Dominican team to extend the lead through the unstoppable hits of Eve and Jeoselyna to 23-19 when the performance of the German blockers specially Anja Brandt reached the utmost as they saved three set points to win the exciting set 29-27 through the Marvelous setting of Mollers. 
 Germany team maintained their pressure upon the Dominicans through the impermeable block and led at the beginning of the set 6-3 before the Dominicans survived through deploying their block of Marianne Fersola and Marifranchi Rodriguez to lead 8-7 at the FTT. The situation went point by point thereafter after the tight defense of both teams until Dominicans led 16-15 at the STT. The Dominican libero Castillo did a good job in digging and also setting the bad ball received by her team to allow them to lead 24-22 when they lost two set points before the German team used all the power of Petrausch and her colleagues to score 4 successive points using the mistakes done by the Dominicans in spiking and won the set 26-24.
 The German team went through the fourth set more stable and motivated while the Dominicans were less aggressive than the previous sets and again the setter Mollers did a great job in using the qick attacks through the centers Brandt and Kaufiedt to lead 8-5 at the FTT. Again the Dominicans overcame the sluggish start and again they decreased the point difference to 13-12 before Germany reached 16-15 at the STT. On time the Dominican Left attacker Eve appeared on time scoring the crucial points to lead her team to win the set 25-22 and extend the match to tiebreak.
 It was really fantastic to see the tiebreak going point by point through the key stares of both teams till 5-5 when Germany achieved the first lead 7-5 forcing the Dominican coach to call timeout that turned the situation to his team as they led scored three successive points making the score 8-7 at the court turn. Germany had a lead 13-11 again before winning the set 15-11.



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