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Dominican Republic claim victory over Poland in five-set-thriller

Dominican Republic middleblocker Annerys Vargas scored 12 points in her side's win over Poland
Bydgoszcz, Poland, August 6, 2011 – Dominican Republic sealed a nail-biting 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 18-16) win over hosts Poland on the second day of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on Saturday in Bydgoszcz.

Katarzyna Konieczna topped the scores for the home side with 17 points while Majia Eve and Priscilla Rivera also scored 17 points each for Dominican Republic.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Poland lacked concentration from the start and let the guests impose their style of play. After a second consecutive fault from Kinga Kasprzak Polish coach Alojzy Swiderek called time out as Dominican Republic led 5-2. From there the side drew even and eventually went ahead. They finally sealed the frame to take an early 1-0 lead.
Both teams began the second well as neither could gain an advantage. Mejia Eve of Dominican Republic improved a lot from the beginning of the match, using high balls given by setter Marte Frica Niverka. Priscilla Rivera added a few points from the left wing and the guests left the court for the second TTO leading 16-14. Poland began to fight back but the Caribbean side held out as they brought the scores even.

Poor serving from Dominican Republic allowed Poland to pull away to 8-6 but the visitors didn’t give up as they were looking for their chance in the middle and in service. They tied at 17-17 blocking Konieczna’s back row attack, when Swiderek called a time out. His instructions however fell on deaf ears as Dominican Republic took the set to go into a 2-1 lead.
Okuniewska was the key player at the beginning of fourth set, blocking and serving well as Poland lead 5-2. But the guests scored the next three consecutive points. Poland slowed down a little, committing errors in attack and giving their opponents the opportunity to show their skills. But they didn’t keep the advantage as Poland dug deep to take the game to a tie-break.
Dominican Republic took a quick 3-0 lead in the fifth but were met by Poland at 9-9. Both sides called for timeouts in the final few minutes but eventually it was the guests who came out on top to clinch the win.
On Sunday Poland take on European championa Italy, while Dominican Republic will close the tournament in Bydgoszcz facing Argentina.


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