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2007 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship
Match Description
Dominican Republic won a five-set thriller over Peru

Peru took an 8-4 lead in the first set with better defense and extended the margin to 16-9 with Keith Meneses leading the South Americans with solid spikes. The Dominicans elevated their game at the end of the set but it was too late and Peru won 25-15.

The Dominicans reacted in the second set and led 8-3 behind the spikes of Jeoselina Rodriguez and the leadership of setter Camil Dominguez coming off the bench. They opened a 16-7 margin with their huge blocking led by Yenifer Calcano contributed to a 16-7 margin. The kills of Lisvel Eve closed the set at 25-11.

In the third set, the Dominicans went ahead 8-3, but Peru came back with the offense of Carla Rueda to win 9 of the next 11 points taking the lead 12-10 and then paused in front 16-12. The Peruvians won the set 25-18 with better serve reception than their rivals.

In the fourth set, Peru was ahead 8-5 in the first pause with the strong serves of Rueda and solid blocking, but the gap narrowed to 16-15 in the second technical time-out. From this point on, teams exhanged blows until 20-all when the Dominicans rallied to win the next four points with Calcano and Rodriguez providing the spark before winning the set 25-22.

In the tie-breaker, it was a terrific duel between the two teams and Rueda against Rodriguez and teams changed sides with Peru leading 8-7. The South Americans opened a 3-point gap at 10-7 with good blocks only to see their opponents to tie at 12-all. The Dominicans missed match-points at 14-13, and 16-15 before winning with a cross-court spike by Calcano.