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De la Cruz carries Dominicans to win over Czech Republic

De la Cruz carries Dominicans to win over Czech Republic

Posted by Aimee Flores Jiminian on September 17, 2013

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Bethania De la Cruz scored a match-high of 28 points carrying the Dominican Republic to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18) victory over the Czech Republic in the last match of Pool B to close the first weekend of action in the FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday.

The powerful attacker reserved her best offensive skills for the final stages of the match when she scored the last five points for the winning side. In total she had 24 kills, three blocks and one ace.

Prisilla Rivera, who had four aces, contributed 14 points while Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Annerys Vargas chipped in with 11 and 10, respectively.

The Czech team moved to an 8-6 lead when Pavla Vincourova blocked Rivera. The European side maintained the two-point difference at the second technical time-out, helped by the attacks of Vanzurova. The hosts tied at 16-all with an ace by Rivera but Vanzurova answered back from the other side of the net. De la Cruz combined spike and block against Vanzurova for a two-point lead. Havlickova and Vargas exchanged spikes. De la Cruz landed two consecutive bombs for 22-18 and then tipped in another. De la Cruz capped the action, combining spike and block against Vanzurova for a 25-18 score and the match. 

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