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Dominican Republic rock Poland with powerful attacks

Poland's attack struggled to find a way through the Dominican Republic block
Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2011 – Dominican Republic celebrated their second victory in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on Saturday as they saw off Poland in straight sets (24-26, 28-26, 26-24, 25-17) in Pool I in Hong Kong.

Poland opened the first set with strenuous attack. Together with Dominican Republic’s errors in receiving, Poland successfully expanded the margin to 10 points but Dominican Republic fought back, scoring four points in a row. However, the gap was too wide and Poland led by seven points at the second TTO. Dominican Republic then found their pace and fought hard to turn the situation around. Point by point, they levelled the score at 20-20. Both teams fought neck and neck towards the end but it was Poland who finally took set to take the lead.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Both teams were again hard to split in the second, making it an intense match up. After a battle between the Polish attacks and Dominican Republic digging and blocking, the European side was able to maintain their lead at 12-7. With full stride in their attack line, they gave their rivals a hard time with wonderful spikes. However, the Dominicans did not lose focus and gradually restored their form and established an advantage again at the second TTO. The match remained tight with superb rallies between the teams. The see-saw affair persisted as both sides struggled to settle into a rhythm. With greater determination, Dominic Republic closed the set at 28-26.

Dominican Republic opened the third set with a series of vigorous attacks, leading to Poland’s first timeout at 4-1. Poland consolidated their defense line after the first timeout while Dominican Republic made several receiving errors. Poland took the lead at the second timeout at 10-8 and continued their lead up  until the second TTO. The Dominicans regained momentum after the second TTO and scored three points in a roll catching their rivals at 16-16. Both teams continued with their superb performance all the way till the end of the set which saw the Dominican Republic edge it following a Polish receiving error.
Although Poland fought hard in the fourth set to secure a spot in the finals, the Dominican Republic did not give way and kept their morale to stay ahead. Powerful attacks by Dominican Republic’s Priscilla Rivera Brens tore down the Polish blocks but their opponents came back with some smart tips and blocks. However they could not revert the situation as serving and attack errors crept back into their game as they went down 3-1.

Dominican Republic will play against Kazakhstan on Sunday while Poland take on hosts China.


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