China stops Dominican Republic in VNL

BRASILIA, Brazil, May 23, 2019- China recovered from losing the opening set to defeat the feisty Dominican Republic 3-1 (16-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23) for its first victory in Volleyball Nations League of FIVB.

China concluded the first week with a 1-2 record while Dominican Republic suffered its first loss and finished at 2-1.

China held advantages in attacks (64-51) and serves (5-4) and the Dominicans dominated in blocks (14-6).

Fang Duan and Yanhan Liu led China with 23 and 21 points, respectively, and Hanyu Yang contributed 15 points in the victory. Mingyuan Yu chipped in with 9 points.

Bethania de la Cruz and Brayelin Martínez each scored 21 points for the Dominican side and Cándida Arias added 12 with 4 blocks.

Wang Yuanyuan, China Middle Blocker - "We studied the previous games of Dominican Republic here in Brasília, so we Knew what they are capable of. Our team is young so it is normal to get some difficulties, but we are happy that we won at last.

Now our goal is to enhance our skills practicing even more on each week untill the Finals"Prisilla Riveira, Dominican Republic Captain - "We had a lack of focus in key moments of the game. Our reception did not work as well as in the previous matches this week.

China played well and we did not make a good game. But the VNL is a long competition and we still have more 12 games ahead of us".Marcos Kwiek, Dominican Republic Head Coach - "We are sorry that we lost tonigh, it do not feel good at all, but we need to learn from this defeat. We missed the chance to add another three points at the board, and that would be important to our team throughout the whole championship. We knew that Chine would be a tough opponent because they have lost the first two games. We did not push the service as we should, it was a pitty"