Dominicans and Puerto Ricans to 9-16 Round

DURANGO, Mexico, September 26, 2021 - Poland defeated the Dominican Republic and Russia to Puerto Rico in matches of the round of 16 of the U-18 Girls' Volleyball World Championship on Sunday.

Both matches ended in straight sets and were widely dominated by European teams as Poland won 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-16) and Russia triumphed 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-13). The losers play now for the positions 9 to 16.

The Polish established a high defense at the net beating the Dominicans 17-3 in blocking while the Russians gave the same treatment to Puerto Rico with a 15-6 margin.

Natalia Kecher led Poland with 17 points, including 9 blocks, and Karolina Staniszewska added 13. Ariana Rodriguez Fung finished with 10 points for the Dominican side.

Natalia Zuvorova had nine blocks and 18 points as the top Russian scorer, followed by Anastasiia Kapralova and Alina Popoova with 15 and 12, respectively. Ana Fuertes had 8 points for Puerto Rico.