Dominican Republic beat China in just 51 minutes
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, September 14, 2017 - The Dominican Republic
obliterated China 4-0 (15-10, 15-13, 15-3, 15-10) in 51 minutes
here on Thursday at Arena Stozice, to gain advantage in the race
for a berth in the semifinals of the 2017 FIVB Women's 23 World
China could have gained the second semifinal ticket from Pool A
after Slovenia with any win today for full points today. Now,
the Dominican Republic need just three sets against Thailand on
Friday to join Slovenia in the semis, regardless of what anyone
If the Dominican Republic qualify on Friday, it will be their
third Final Four appearance in as many editions of the Women's
U23 World Championship, after a silver medal in 2013 and a
bronze in 2015.
The 'Queens of the Caribbean' totally outblocked China 9 stuffs
to 2 as Gaila Gonzalez scored 16 points, including 4 blocks and
a 58% kill efficiency (11/19). Madeline Guillen contributed 10
points in the victory.
Dominican Republic coach, Wager Pacheco: "Because
of this win now we have really good chances to play in the
semifinals, but the match against Thailand [on Friday] will
still be tough, because they have a really good team. But today
my team played with heart. The girls were concentrated and were
aggressive, which is really important."
Ailama Cese and Diaris Perez helped Cuba to book their first
victory here in Ljubljana, outplaying Kenya in straight sets
(15-9, 15-10, 15-7, 15-12) in 55 minutes in Pool B on Thursday
Cuba’s Perez and Ailama had identical twelve-point outputs. Cuba
made the difference with a 39-19 spiking firework.