Dominican Republic upsets Netherlands 3-1 in China interntional women's volleyball tournament

15:50, June 04, 2011      

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Steenbergen(R) of the Netherlands spikes the ball during 2011 China International Women Volleyball Elite Match against the Dominican Republic in Beilun, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 3, 2011.The Dominican Republic won 3-1. (Xinhua/Li Jundong)

The Dominican Republic overcame the Netherlands in four sets here on Friday at a four-team international women's volleyball tournament in east China's Zhejiang Province.

Prisilla Rivera had a game-high 21 points to lead four Dominican players in double-digit scoring as the Dominicans notched up the hard-fought 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory in nearly two hours at the Beilun Sports and Arts gymnasium in Beilun, a costal city in Zhejiang Province.

Bethania De la Cruz added 15 points and Annerys Vargas Valdez 16 points for the Dominican Republic.

"We have strong spikers, that is good for us," said Dominican head coach Marcos Kwiek.

Dutch head coach Avital Selinger also said he was impressed by the Dominican duo who provided most of the ammunition in their attack.

"No. 14 (Rivera) and No. 18 (De la Cruz) did a good job, they controled the game," said Selinger.

Lonneke Sloetjes was the top scorer for the Netherlands with 21 points, and Alice Blom had 13 points.

The Dominicans got off to a highly flying start, blocking brilliantly to jump to 5-0 ahead in the first set. With the Dutch team struggling with poor passing and at the net, the Dominican Republic enlarged their advantage to 14-7 before taking the set comfortably.

The second set started with a close affair as both sides traded points until they were level at 6-6. The Dominicans pulled away to 10-6 with a 4-0 run, but the Dutch team managed to level at 14-14 before overtaking the lead at 16-14 into the second TTO. Dominican head coach Marcos Kwiek was forced to call timeout twice in less than four minutes, but it didn't work as the Dutch never looked back and pulled one set back.

After grabbing the third set to go 2-1 ahead, the Dominicans looked set to win the match when they raced into a 5-0 lead in the fourth set. The resilient Dutch side, however, refused to surrender and clawed back to make it 7-6.

Despite their European opponents' spirited rally, the Dominicans were able to keep their tiny lead until the Dutch surged 16-15 in front at the second TTO. Rivera and De la Cruz then combined a string of kills to put the Dominican Republic ahead again. When the Dutch were 24-23 down, Rivera jumped from the left flank to smash the ball down on the court to seal the winner.

Source: Xinhua

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