Dominicans to play for the bronze at U23
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, September 16, 2017 - Turkey came back from
two sets down at 1-3 to edge the Dominican Republic 4-3 (11-15,
16-14, 11-15, 13-15, 15-7, 16-14, 15-8) here on Saturday at
Arena Stozice to make the final of the 2017 FIVB Women's U23
In Sunday's final they will face the Slovenia who defeated
Bulgaria 4-1 (11-15, 15-10, 15-12, 18-16, 15-4) in the other
semifinal. The Dominicans will play Bulgaria for the bronze
The loss of Madeline Guillen who had to be carried off to
hospital in a stretcher after a left knee injury at 3-3 in the
fifth set clearly disrupted the Dominican Republic. The
16-year-old outside hitter had been her side's best scorer to
that moment with 12 points.After the substitution with Natalia
Martinez Turkey made a 12-4 run to take the fifth and then held
the Caribbean side at bay to force a seventh.
Hande Baladin with 22 points and Ebrar Karakurt with 21 led
Turkey as their side dominated the scoring skills to compensate
for their 24 unforced errors. Gaila Gonzalez was the Dominican
Republic's best scorer with 16 points.
Dominican Republic coach, Wagner Pacheco: "The
injury of our player [Madeline Guillen] changed the course of
match a lot, but it was not the only reason we lost today. We
have a young team. They played above their capabilities today.
They fought hard and I don't have anything to say to them.
I am happy with what we showed so far."