Dominicans stun Brazil at home with historic win
BRASILIA, Brazil, May 22, 2019 – The Dominican Republic
continues producing historic feats as the team from the
Caribbean defeated host Brazil for the first in a major official
competition of FIVB after coming up with empty hands in 20
previous attempts times.
It was the second victory in as many outings for the Dominican
side that one day earlier had won against Russia for the first
time after 14 failures.
Bethania de la Cruz and Brayelin Martinez scored 20 and 18
points, respectively, as the top guns of the Dominican side in
the 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 28-26) victory. Jineiry Martinez
added 13 in the victory.
Gabriela Guimaraes had a match-high 29 points for Brazil and Ana
Paula Bedani added 12 in the losing effort.
The Dominicans held the advantage in blocks (12-6), aces (5-4)
and attacks (64-59). The winners committed 24 unforced errors to
19 by the losers.
Prisilla Rivera, Dominican Republic's Captain - "Playing away is
always hard, we knew that this would be a tough match. Our goal
was to win by any score. All players had an important role on
We are happy because Brazil has a strong team, even missing some
of the most experienced players"Marcos Kwiek, Dominican
Republic's head coach - "Brazil has an amazing team, and it is
always difficult to play with them. We are getting our pace on
this competition, getting points on the scoreboard and winning
key matches, that’s what is more important to us."