Slovenia defeats Dominican Republic, Cuba losses again
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, September 11, 2017 - Slovenia summarily
dismissed the Dominican Republic 4-1 (15-11, 15-9, 11-15, 19-17,
15-11) in an hour and 16 minutes here Monday at Arena Stozice to
remain undefeated and at the top of the standings in Pool A
after two rounds of play.
With a second solid performance in a row the home team provided
great entertainment for the fans and even when the 'Queens of
the Caribbean' attempted a comeback after the third, Slovenia
upped their game to come from behind in the fourth, fighting for
every ball and taking it on their sixth set point before pushing
on for the win.
Sixteen points each from Sasa Planinsec (including a
tournament-high six blocks) and Iza Mlakar paved the way for
Slovenia who applied pressure with their serving and proved more
efficient in digging and receiving - despite the best efforts of
the vistors' libero Winifer Fernandez.
Madeline Guillen came off the bench to lead the Dominicans with
12 points while Jineiry Martinez and Gaila Gonzalez each had 11
Also, Captain Misaki Yamauchi recorded 13 points to lead Japan
in their dominating 4-0 (15-12, 15-12, 15-7, 15-13) win over
Cuba in Pool B at Sportna Dvorana Tivoli Hall.
Yamauchi made ten fruitful
attacks and three blocks to lead Japan to their first victory
here in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after their unexpected lost against
Bulgaria on the opening day. Best scorer for the Cuban side was
Heidy Casanova with twelve kills.