Dominican Republic claim first victory in London
London, Great Britain, August 3, 2012 – The Dominican Republic
claimed their first win of the Olympic tournament by edging the
hosts of Great Britain in straight sets (25-9, 25-18, and 25-19)
in what was a sort of last call to remain in contention for a
spot in the quarterfinals coming up next week at Earls Court.
Bethania De La Cruz paced the side from the Caribbean with 12
points with Prisilla Rivera also finishing in double figures
with 10. GB captain Lynne Beattie registered a match-high of 11
points. The Dominican Republic killed a total of 13 blocks vs.
only 3 for Team GB in what was the first match in history
opposing these teams.
With the Dominican Republic having to play Algeria in the last
round of the prelims on Sunday and GB set to take on Japan, the
chances of the hosts to make it to the quarterfinals look –
unfortunately for the local, very passionate fans – quite
USA 3, Serbia 0
USA cruised to a straight-set victory (25-17, 25-20, 25-16) over
Serbia in 1 hour and 12 minutes to continue undefeated in Pool B
with 12 points and a win-loss record of 4-0. The Serbians are
still looking for their first victory in the tournament.
The Americans, who only committed 8 unforced errors for the
whole match, outblocked Serbia 15-3 and served 3 aces to 1 from
the defeated side.
Destinee Hooker once again topped USA in the score charts with
19 points, including 6 blocks, while Foluke Akinradewo had five
blocks among her 11 points and veteran Logan Tom contributed 12
Serbia’s Brankica Mihajlovic finished with 13 points as the best
for the losers while Jovana Brankocevic and Milena Rasic each
finished with 8.