DR won gold in Volleyball Grand Prix in Bulgaria
The Dominican Republic women’s volleyball team defeated Poland in a difficult game on Sunday, 19 June 2016 and was promoted to play in the elite Group 1 of the FIVB World Grand Prix for the next season in 2017. The DR won gold, Poland silver and Puerto Rico bronze in the tournament.
The win was compensation for the disappointing failure to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, despite being ranked seventh in the world as of October 2015. Coach Marcos Kwiek attributed the mishap to the team not having time to fine-tune team play since most of the players come from professional leagues around the world.
Kwiek attributed the Grand Prix gold medal to teamwork.
Playing in Group 2 of the World Grand Prix on Friday, 17 June 2016, the Dominican Republic took the final of Group 2 when they defeated Poland 21 – 25, 23 – 25, 25 – 18, 25 – 20, 15 n 11. The games took place in Varna, Bulgaria.
FIVB reported that the Dominican win was spearheaded by the attacks of Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez, who helped the Dominican Republic come from behind to master the 3-2 win (21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-11) in the final match. Martinez spiked successfully 24 times to top the scorers’ chart on her team.
The game can be watched at:
Source: DR1, Fivb.org
June 20, 2016
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