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Guillen leads Dominican Republic into quarterfinals


ROSARIO, Argentina, August 23, 2017 - With a sensational performance by Madeline Guillen, the Dominican Republic won a tremendous match against Poland by 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 15-25, 20-25, 16-14) and earned the last of the quarterfinal berths to play for in Rosario.


They next play against Argentina team which scored a huge victory in four sets against Brazil by scores of 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-18.


Guillen completed a terrific game with 30 points, topping the match stats. Captain Natalia Martinez aided the Dominican cause with 14 of her own. For Poland, Zuzanna Gorecka provided 19 points and spirited Captain Oliwia Baluk scored 17, while reserve opposite Rozalia Hnatyszyn followed with 12.


Madeline Guillen, Dominican Republic player: “It was a very good game. We were leading 2-0 and then we lowered our guard, so we ended up in the fifth and luckily we could make it there. They adjusted their blocking when we went down, we also lost energy on defence and couldn’t resist them. It was also crucial when their setter (Paulina Zaborowska) got injured as she’s a very talented player, but if God wanted it that way… Our coach told us to stay calm and be patient, waiting for our chance.”