Vargas and Brayelin each score 21, Dominicans are 2-1
APELDOORN, Netherlands, July 9, 2017 - Annerys Vargas and
Brayelin Martinez each blasted 21 points carrying the Dominican
Republic to a 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18) victory over
Thailand in Group 1 of FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday.
The victory gave the Dominican Republic a 2-1 win-loss record
after the conclusion of the first weekend of actions.
Bethania de la Cruz and Jineiry Martínez added 17 and 15 points,
respectively, in the victory. Hattaya Bamrungsuk was the best
for Thailand with 18 points, followed by Pleumjit Thinkaow with
16 points in the loss.
The Dominicans dominated their opponents with a strong defense
at the net with a 15-5 margin in blocks led by Vargas and
Jineiry Martinez who each collected five.
“We focused on serving strong to neutralize their setter who is
very fast and then took advantage of our size to block them,”
said Niverka Marte after the match.