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In-form Dominicans whip USA in closely-contested straight sets

American Andrea McHugh spikes past Dominican blockers.
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 12, 2009 – Dominican Republic brushed off the USA in a thrilling three-set battle 25-23 25-19 25-23 to finish 11th place in the championship.
 Haley Eckerman’s exceptional cross-court spikes put the USA in front 16-13 in the first set of the tough match against the fist-pumping Dominicans. After the USA performed erratically on blocking and serving, Dominican Republic regained their composure to hit back aggressively to catch the rivals 20-20. Both sides took turns attacking from then on. Dominicans tightened their defence and at the same time found the gap in the American court. At 23-23, Dominicans went on with their awesome form to win the well-fought first set 25-23.
 After taking the first set, Dominicans maintained their aggressive form in the second set. Powerful hitter Candida Estefany Arias Perez came from behind to spike efficiently at the post to help Dominican Republic lead 15-9. The Dominicans continued their remarkable run to clinch the set 25-19.
 Conceding two sets, the USA played much harder in the third set. Their more determination and concentration bore fruits as they led briefly 16-13 before Dominicans bounced back mightily to narrow the gap 20-21 and stormed on to win the set 25-23.

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