Dominicans open U23 with victory over Egypt
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, September 10, 2017 – The two-time medalists
Dominican Republic persevered against a high-spirited Egypt at
Arena Stozice here on Sunday, for a 4-2 (12-15, 15-6, 15-8,
15-12, 15-17, 19-17) win on the opening day of the 2017 FIVB
Women's U23 World Championship.
Egypt had a 7-10 lead in the sixth to take the match all the way
and then blew four set points at 11-14 and 14-15, but the
Dominican Republic clawed their way back and brought the match
home after their third match point on cross-court attack by
Jineiry Martinez from the right.
Gaila Gonzalez with 24 was the Dominican Republic's best scorer.
Vielka Peralta and Martinez each contributed 16 points.
Aya Elshamy became the second player in the history of the
competition to score at least 30 points in a match, despite the
new rules. The Egypt opposite bagged exactly 30 to emerge top
scorer of the game.
The only other player to reach the 30-point mark was Italy's
Valentina Diouf in a 3-2 win over Japan in 2013.
Turkey proved too strong for Cuba in their Pool B opening clash.
The Europeans defeated their challengers from Cuba in a
hard-fought duel 15-12, 16-14, 17-15, 15-8.
Hande Baladin paced the Turks with eleven points via ten kills
on 18 swings and one block. Asli Kalac added eight points for
the Turkish side. Cuba was led by Heidy Casanova and her nine
points followed by Claudia Sanchez’s eight kills.