Three Dominican among best Players at FIVB Women’s U23


Tijuana, Mexico, October 12, 2013 – Champions China and runners-up Dominican Republic each had three players included in the All-Star Team of the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship that concluded on Saturday with a victory for the Asian side.


China’s Yao Di was named the best setter and Most Valuable Player joining middle blockers Yang Zhou and Zhan Xioya in the ideal squad.


Dominican Republic’s Brayelin Martinez and Japan’s Sarina Koga were selected as the outside hitter, while Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Brenda Castillo were included as opposite and libero, respectively.


The All-Star Team was awarded during the closing ceremony prior to the presentation of the medals and trophies to the top three teams on the podium.


The best scorer of the competition was USA’s Gina Mancuso who totaled 110 points, followed by China’s Liu Yanhan with 109, Dominican Republic’s Martinez and Rodriguez with 108 and 105, respectively, and Italy’s Laura Partenio with 101.


Martinez was the best spiker with a success percentage of 47.03, followed by Cuba’s Alena Rojas with 46.48 and Japan’s Koga with 44.38.


Brazil’s Mara Leao recorded 28 blocks for a 1.28 per set, while Brazilian Francynne Jacintho had 26 for an average of 1.00.


The Dominican Rodriguez was by far the best server of the competition with 21 aces for an average of 0.88 per set.


Teammate Castillo was the best digger with an average of 4.75, while the best receiver was Hatice Orge of Turkey with an average of 38.73 of effectiveness. Castillo was also selected as the best libero of the competition.