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Dominicans and Italians prepare for World Championship


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 5, 2017 – The Dominican Republic outscored Italy 3-2 (27-25, 25-22, 14-25, 18-25, 15-8) in the first match of a friendly series ahead of the FIVB U20 World Championship to take place in Boca del Rio and Córdoba, Mexico from July 14 to 23.


The Italian team coach by Luca Cristofani, will stay in Santo Domingo until next July 11 when they will travel to Mexico. The Dominicans, defending champions, are coached by Brazilian Wagner Pacheco.


Vielka Peralta led the Dominican Republic with 24 points, followed by Madeline Guillen and Yanlis Felix with 14 and 12 respectively. Geraldine Gonzalez contributed 8 points, including three blocks, in the victory.


Italy’s Elena Pietrini had a match-high 25 points while Marina Lubian and Alice Pamio each had 16 points. Giulia Melli added 15 points in the loss.