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Tijuana, Mexico, October 5, 2013 — The Dominican Republic stormed past Argentina to capture a straight set victory (25-14, 25-18, 25-16) in a match of Pool A of the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship on Saturday night at the Baja California High Performance Center. Argentina will play its second match this Sunday at 23.00 Argentine time v the host team.

The winners held a big margin of 8-3 in the aces category and also were better in the blocking department with a 7-5 advantage.

Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Yonkaira Peña topped the offensive charts of the winners with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Brayelin Martinez contributed 10 tallies. Rodriguez registered four of the eight aces recorded by the Dominican side. Maria Calvete and Virginia Granado were the main offensive players of the losing team with 9 and 7 points, respectively.

The Dominican Republic established a clear superiority since the first play of the match and held huge advantages of 8-3 and 16-7 at the technical time-out of the first set behind a well coordinated offense. Yonkaira Peña and Jeoselyna Rodriguez finished the opening frame with 7 points apiece. Rodriguez scored with two aces for the winners and the set finished 25-14.

Virginia Granado broke a tie at 7-all with a big spike after a long rally giving Argentina the slight advantage at the first technical stop. The Dominicans reacted to take the lead 16-13 at the second time-out behind the powerful attacks by Peña and a block by Candida Arias against Maria Calvete. When Antonela Curatola blocked Peña and Granado scored with a cross-court, the score tied at 16-all. Peña landed two straight aces for a 19-17 margin and Brayelin Martinez blocked Victoria Zabala for 20-17. The set finished 25-18 when Martinez planted a big bomb.

Argentina held a slight 8-7 lead in the third set. Martinez and Camil Dominguez combined spike and ace for a 9-8 Dominican advantage. Calvete landed her spike to tie at 9-all. Rodriguez scored with two floating serves and Erasma Moreno and Martinez both hit shots for a 16-13 advantage in favor of Dominican Republic. The actions continued on the same path the rest of the way. Celenia Toribio capped the set 25-16 with the eight ace of the Dominican side.

The serve and blocking game of the Dominican Republic proved to be the difference of the match they won in straight sets against Argentina as the Caribbean team dominated in both categories and produced a lot of counter-attacks.

Press Conference:

Brayelin Martinez, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We feel good after winning the first match, which is always a little bit difficult. We played against a good team and the difference was our defense at the net and in the field.

Antonela Curatola, Captain of Argentina: It was a difficult debut against a team with the power of Dominican Republic. Their serves complicated our reception and we failed too much, especially at the end of the second set after the score was tied at 18-all.

Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: I am very glad to take this first match out of our way because the girls were a little anxious after training for a long time. I think that our serves made things easier for us and helped our defense, We touched many balls at the net and produced with our counter-attacks.

Guillermo Caceres, Coach of Argentina: I have not seen all the teams but I think the Dominicans have the skills to have a good championship. It is very tough to play against that kind of serves. Their blocking complicated things for us and we couldn’t rotate. They played good defense but not only (Brenda) Castillo. All the team played good defense.

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