Serbia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico Sweep Pool D Action

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 01st, 2018 | International Volleyball, News, Previews & Recaps

2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships – Preliminary Pool A

  • Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2018
  • Hamamatsu Arena; Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Pool D: #3 Serbia, #4 Brazil,  #9 Dominican Republic, #13 Puerto Rico, #21 Kazakhstan, Kenya
  • Schedule/Results
  • Teams

Serbia cruised past Brazil in the most highly anticipated match of Pool D, while the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico also won in straight sets.

The Serbians now sit atop the pool at 3-0, while Puerto climbs into a tie for second place with Brazil at 2-1. The win over Kazakhstan was the first of the competition for the Dominican Republic.

Serbia def. Brazil 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-19)

“This was our best game of this championship,” Serbian coach Zoran Terzic said. “We were good on attack. We made mistakes on service, but we tried our best to move the Brazil team around with our serves. We must be happy and satisfied with this victory. I think we can still play better.”

Brazil earned 23 points on Serbian miscues, but Serbia more than made up for their errors with a 26-point advantage in kills (56-30), five more points in blocks (8-3) and three more in aces (5-2).

Tijana Boskovic led the way for the Serbs with 24 points on 21 kills, two aces and a block. Brankica Mihajlovic (15) and Milena Rasic (12) followed. Mihajlovic scored all 15 of her points on kills, while Rasic turned in eight putaways and a team-best four blocks. Terzic stuck with his starters throughout the match.

Tandara Caixeta was the top scorer for Brazil with nine points, all on kills. Gabriela Braga Guimaraes (8), Fernanda Rodrigues (7) and Ana Beatriz Correa (7) followed. Correa notched three kills to go with a team-best two blocks and two aces. Brazil went 11 deep in its lineup trying to find an answer for the Serbian offense.

It was close through the midway point of Set 1 with Brazil leading 13-12. Serbia scored four in a row to go up 16-13 and Boskovic kept hammering away, rounding out a 10-point Set 1 effort, en route to the 25-22 win.

Serbia jumped ahead in Set 2 at 8-6 and maintained a slight edge throughout. Boskovic again drove the ship for the Serbians, coming through in the clutch whenever Brazil got close. A four-point edge at 19-15 climbed to seven at 25-18 as Mihajlovic notched her second set-ending putaway.

Serbia grabbed a 12-7 advantage in Set 3 and cruised to a 25-19 win.

“Our defense did not work well tonight,” Brazilian captain Natalia Pereira said. “We lost our concentration. We must change our mind in the next matches.”

Dominican Republic def. Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-19)

“We are very happy to get our first win of the tournament,” Dominican coach Marcos Kwiek said. “We had some good points and bad points. We have some work to do on those. We are aiming for a better performance from here one. It is important to use veteran players in a big event like this. They were good on receiving and attacking.”

The Dominicans excelled at the net, besting Kazakhstan 49-33 in kills and 11-5 on the block. The DR also boasted a slight 4-3 edge in aces.

Four Dominican Republic players scored in double digits to lead the way in the sweep: Prisilla Rivera Brens (14), Yonkaira Pena Isabel (13), Bethania De La Cruz De Pena (11) and Lisvel Mejia (10). Pena Isabel put down a team-best 12 kills, while Brens added 11. De La Cruz added nine putaways and two blocks. Mejia did a little bit of everything with four kills, four blocks and two aces. The DR utilized 13 of its 14 players in the match.

Sana Anarkulova paced Kazakhstan with eight points (7 kills, 1 ace) while playing in just the first two sets. Yekaterina Zhdanova (7) and Yana Petrenko (7) followed, with each notching six kills and a block. Alessya Safronova added five points including a team-best two blocks.

The Dominican Republic built a three-point edge in Set 1 at 11-8 and held the advantage at 19-16. A 3-1 run pushed the margin to five at 22-17 en route to a 25-22 win, featuring eight points by De La Cruz.

Set 2 was close early with the DR leading 8-7. Defensive miscues by the Kazakhs gave the Dominicans a 16-12 lead at the second technical timeout. Eventually, an ace by De La Cruz capped the 25-15 win.

The Dominicans grabbed a 5-0 lead in Set 3 and cruised to victory to seal the victory.

“They are a good team,” Kazakh coach Shapran Vyacheslav said. “I have watched them play many times. They are physical and tall and better than us. I like their style. They have good technique in service, attack and blocking, which is quite beyond us. This is the reason for the result.”

Puerto Rico def. Kenya 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-15)

“They had strong serves, blocks and hits,” Puerto Rican captain Natalia Valentin said. “We adjusted to have more discipline on our blocks and that was key. We are still working to reach our goals and objectives for this tournament.”

Puerto Rico was better in every way, outdoing Kenya in kills (47-33), blocks (9-6) and aces (5-1).

Daly Santana led all players with 18 points (15 kills, 2 aces, 1 block) for Puerto Rico. Stephanie Enright (13) and Diana Reyes (11) also added double-digit tallies. Enright tacked on 11 kills and two aces, while Reyes chipped in nine putaways and two blocks. Ana Soria Jusino put up at a team-high three blocks.

Mercy Moim paced Kenya with 11 points (9 kills, 1 block, 1 ace), while Noel Murambi added nine points, all on kills. Triza Atuka was tops at the net with three blocks.

The teams were back and forth in Set 1, including ties at 13 and 19. Puerto Rico claimed the win with a final 6-1 run.

Puerto Rico boasted an early 8-6 lead in Set 2, but Kenya turned the tables and went up by three at 16-13 including a kill by Murambi and a block by Edith Mukuvilani. Trailing 19-15, the Puerto Ricans rallied with six of the next seven points before carrying on to a 25-22 victory.

The NORCECA side dominated Set 3, jumping ahead 9-4 and boosting the advantage to eight at 16-8, before claiming the 10-point win (25-15).

“Our aim today was to qualify for the second round but Puerto Rico stopped us,” Kenyan coach Japheth Bulali said. “We still have two games left. We will try to grow in the coming matches. We led 19-15 in the second set but did not receive well after that. We must get ready for Brazil next. We will go all out against them.”

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Serbia 3 0 9 9 0 MAX 225 150 1.500
2  Brazil 2 1 6 6 3 2.000 210 176 1.193
3  Puerto Rico 2 1 6 6 3 2.000 194 192 1.010
4  Dominican Republic 1 2 3 3 6 0.500 191 206 0.927
5  Kenya 1 2 3 3 6 0.500 165 216 0.764
6  Kazakhstan 0 3 0 0 9 0.000 180 225 0.800
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 Sep 13:40 Puerto Rico  0–3  Brazil 25–27 12–25 7–25 44–77 P2 Report
29 Sep 16:10 Dominican Republic  0–3  Serbia 17–25 20–25 22–25 59–75 P2 Report
29 Sep 19:20 Kazakhstan  0–3  Kenya 23–25 22–25 21–25 66–75 P2 Report
30 Sep 13:40 Brazil  3–0  Dominican Republic 25–15 25–20 25–22 75–57 P2 Report
30 Sep 16:10 Kazakhstan  0–3  Puerto Rico 21–25 15–25 22–25 58–75 P2 Report
30 Sep 19:20 Kenya  0–3  Serbia 16–25 9–25 8–25 33–75 P2 Report
1 Oct 13:40 Dominican Republic  3–0  Kazakhstan 25–22 25–15 25–19 75–56 P2 Report
1 Oct 16:10 Puerto Rico  3–0  Kenya 25–20 25–22 25–15 75–57 P2 Report
1 Oct 19:20 Serbia  3–0  Brazil 25–21 25–18 25–19 75–58 P2 Report
3 Oct 13:40 Puerto Rico   Dominican Republic  
3 Oct 16:10 Kazakhstan   Serbia  
3 Oct 19:20 Kenya   Brazil  
4 Oct 13:40 Serbia   Puerto Rico  
4 Oct 16:10 Dominican Republic   Kenya  
4 Oct 19:20 Brazil   Kazakhstan

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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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