Dominican Republic spikers rule in 3-1 win over Argentina


Kenya celebrate their 3-1 win over Argentina in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Monday

Tokyo, Japan, August 24, 2015 – Dominican Republic hitters prevailed in a tight scoring contest against Argentina 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-15) to claim their second victory in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Monday.

The Domincans had a productive scoring output as four players scored in double figures. Rivera scored 15 points, Yonkaira Paola Pena Isabel and Gina Altagracia Mabru Casilla had 14 points apiece, and Marianne Fersola Roberto scored 13 points for the Dominican Republic. Emilce Sosa and Josefina Fernandez scored 13 points each for Argentina.

Fersola and Rivera combined for nine points in the first set – all from the attack line – to spearhead the Dominican Republic’s 25-21 win over Argentina. The Argentines exerted better effort from the start until the middle of the second set, but Dominican Republic later on demolished the lead and tied the game at 19-all. The Dominicans reached the end of the second set 25-22 with a block on Argentina’s Josefina Fernandez.

After a series of deadlocks and lead changes in the third frame, Dominican Republic emerged on top of the second technical timeout 16-13. After the short break, Argentina’s reinforced their blocking and notched seven straight points to grab the lead 20-16. Argentine captain secured the set 25-19. Dominican Republic recovered and commanded a 17-9 lead in the fourth set, until they secured it at 25-15 with a spike from Rivera.

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