Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez led the Dominican Republic with 15 points while Pamela Marie Soriano Olivo contributed another nine points. For the Czech Republic, Michaela Mlejnkova compiled 13 kills.
The Dominican Republic jumped out for a perfect debut at 2013 FIVB Women’s U20 World Champs in Brno. In the first set, the model athletes from the Caribbean Islands rocked the Kajot Arena with a well-balanced offense play and great defence actions. The Czechs came closer in the second set (25-22), but could not prevent their opponents from a well-deserved 2-0 set lead. The Dominican Republic continued their run in the third set with Gaila Gonzalez Lopez closing it out at 25-20 with a powerful spike from the right side.
Dominican Republic coach Roberto Rocha Wagner: “I am very satisfied with the result. However, our performance could have been better. It was our first game and that is never easy. I see still potential for improvements.“
Dominican Republic captain Pamela Marie Soriano Olivo: “We are very happy that we won. It was our first match – and it was against the home team. The Czechs played well. They have a good team but we were better.“
Czech Republic coach Ondrej Marek: “We knew that the Dominican Republic would be better. We committed too many mistakes what did not help to play regularly.“
Czech Republic captain Lucie Herbockova: “Unfortunately, some of us were too nervous today and it decided the first set. In the other two sets, we were not able to pull clear despite our leads. Pity!“
The Dominican Republic will face Peru on Sunday while the Czech Republic enjoy a rest day.
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