Brazil Smokes Argentina, Turkey Overcomes 26 Points by DR’s Martinez

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 23rd, 2018 | Brazilian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball


  • May 22-24, 2018
  • Başkent Volleyball Hall | Ankara, Turkey
  • Time Zone: UTC +03:00
  • World Rankings: #4 Brazil, #9 Dominican Republic, #11 Argentina, #12 Turkey
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
22 May 14:00 Argentina  0–3  Dominican Republic 24–26 24–26 19–25 67–77 P2 P3
22 May 17:00 Turkey  1–3  Brazil 17–25 19–25 25–23 21–25 82–98 P2 P3
23 May 14:00 Brazil  3–0  Argentina 25–9 25–21 25–14 75–44 P2 P3
23 May 17:00 Turkey  3–1  Dominican Republic 25–20 17–25 25–20 25–19 92–84

Brazil def. Argentina 3-0

  • Brazil defeated Argentina 25-9, 25-21, 25-14
  • Brazil moved to 4-1 (12 points); Argentina moved to 0-5 (0 points)

Brazil dominated all facets of the game in a 3-0 thumping of the last place Argentines, their fourth straight NVL victory. The Brazilians outdid Argentina in kills (43-27), blocks (11-3) and aces (4-0), behind a 16-point effort by Monique Marinho Pavao.

Pavao racked up a match-high 13 kills, while also serving up two aces and adding a block. Amanda Francisco (12), Drussyla Costa (10), Ana Carolina Da Silva (9) and Ana Beatriz Correa (8) also contributed to the victory. Francisco downed 11 kills, while Costa added eight. Da Silva paced the team with three stuffs, while Costa, Correa and Rosamaria Montibeller added two apiece.

Elina Rodriguez and Antonela Fortuna provided Argentina’s top scoring efforts with eight and seven points respectively, all coming on kills. Eight other players saw offensive playing time as coach Guillermo Orduna struggled to find an answer against the fourth-ranked Brazilians. Anahi Tosi was limited to just four points.

Brazil ran out to a 10-2 lead in Set 1 and cruised on to a 25-9 win against error-riddled Argentina. Set 2 was a different story as the teams played to a 9-all tie before Brazil gained a slight 14-11 edge and held on for the 25-20 win. The Brazilians boasted an 8-4 edge by the first technical timeout of Set 3 and Argentina never threatened after that, folding 25-14.


Turkey def. Dominican Republic 3-1

  • Turkey defeated Dominican Republic 25-20, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19
  • Turkey moved to 4-1 (11 points); Dominican Republic moved to 1-4 (5 points)

Brayelin Martinez dropped a match-high 26 points, including 24 kills, but it was not enough to lift the Dominican Republic past Turkey.

The Dominicans were done in by deficits in blocks (8-3), aces (7-2) and kills (58-57) and a balanced Turkish attack.

Seyma Ercan (17), Zehra Gunes (15) and Hande Baladin (14) paced Turkey in scoring. Ercan racked up a team-best 16 kills, while Baladin added 11. Gunes chipped in nine putaways, a team-high three blocks and three aces. Meryem Boz and Eda Erdem Dundar notched eight kills apiece to round out the offense.

Martinez’s 26 points (24 kills, 2 blocks) led the DR, while Yonkaira Pena Isabel (16) and Lisvel Eve Mejia (10) followed. Pena downed 13 kills and served up both of the team’s aces, while Mejia was credited with nine kills and a block.

Ercan was the difference in Set 1, turning an 8-all tie into a 13-8 Turkish lead with three straight putdowns. In Set 2, Martinez paced the DR to an 8-3 lead and Lisvel Eve chipped in too as the team boosted its lead to 16-10 en route to a 25-17 win.

After a tie at 12 in Set 3, Turkey scored three in a row and held off the Dominicans down the stretch including a pair of Gunes blocks. The Turkish side led 16-11 at the midway point of Set 4, one which would prove too much for the Dominican Republic to overcome.


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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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