NINGBO, CHINA: Dominican Republic emerged triumphant over the Netherlands in a five-set thriller at the FIVB Olympic Qualifier tournament. The 3-2 victory (25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12) propelled the Caribbean nation to the pinnacle of the final Pool A standings. This victory clinches their ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics alongside Serbia.
This marks the Dominican Republic’s fourth Olympic qualification, having previously graced the Games in Athens 2004, London 2012, and in Tokyo 2020. In a spectacular display, Brayelin Martinez of the Dominican Republic and Nika Daalderop of the Netherlands both concluded with a commendable 23 points. Several other players shone, reaching double-digit scores.
China, the hosts, ended their tournament campaign on a high, defeating the already qualified Serbia 3-1. Canada secured third place in the pool, dominating Czechia in straight sets. Meanwhile, Ukraine triumphed over Mexico, positioning the latter at the bottom of the standings.
Mexico vs. Ukraine 3-1 (25-12, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19)
Canada vs. Czechia 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21)
Dominican Republic vs. Netherlands 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12)
China vs. Serbia 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22)