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Dominican Republic hold off challenge from Kazakhstan

Dominican Republic's Milagros Cabral de la Cruz celebrates as her side pick up their third win of the tournament
Hong Kong, China August 21, 2011 – Dominican Republic overpowered Kazakhstan in Hong Kong on the last day of 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix preliminary round on Sunday, edging a 3-2 (15-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9) win.

It was Dominican Republic’s third win of the tournament while Kazakhstan finish their campaign without a win.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan started off neck and neck and the tie was not broken until the first TTO, with Kazakhstan taking a slight lead. Kazakhstan appeared with more balanced attacks and blocks, thus extended the margin to 12-9. The Kazakhstani girls executed some disruptive spikes, allowing them to reach 16-10 at the second TTO. Dominican Republic committed a few fundamental reception mistakes and relied too much on the main attacker Prisilla Rivera Brens. Their lack of variety at the net caused Kazakhstan to take first blood in the match.

The teams were again hard to split in the beginning of the second set, with both sides displaying some serving errors and reception mistakes. However, Dominican Republic improved their tactics and successfully led at the first TTO. Kazakhstan called for a time out at 10-7 trying to regroup and stop the Dominicans from widening the gap. Dominican Republic continued to show consistency in their attacks and kept the lead to enter the second TTO at 16-12. Kazakhstan then gained an impressive four points before the Dominicans hit back. The battle between the both sides was not settled until hitting a deuce and Dominican Republic wrapped up the second set with some hammering diagonal spikes.

The third set was equally intense as Dominican Republic was slow in reacting to the attacks from their opponent, putting them two points behind at the first TTO. From there the Kazakhstani girls continued to move ahead with forceful spikes and gained a seven-point advantage at the second TTO. Despite a passionate display from Dominican Republic they could not peg Kazakhstan back as the side closed the set at 25-21.

The match continued to be hard-fought in the fourth set as Dominican Republic captured an early lead at the first TTO. Kazakhstan soared and reduced the gap to only one point behind in less than ten minutes. But due to a few reception errors by Kazakhstan, they failed to recover. Dominican Republic’s Bethania De La Cruz De Pena gained four points in a row through her lightning serves and led the team to the set.

In the closely contested fifth set, Dominican Republic took a narrow lead by executing some spectacular spikes and rigid blocks, forcing Kazakhstan into a time out at 7-5, and again at 11-6. Kazakhstan then displayed a series of assertive spikes but fail to turnaround Dominican Republic who eventually sealed the set at 15-9.


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