Dominicans knockout China and will go head to head against the Netherlands for the ticket to Paris

September 23, 2023 – The Dominican Republic secured an important victory over China on Saturday, winning 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-14) in the FIVB Qualification Tournament for the 2024 Olympic Games held in Ningbo, China. They will now vie for the ticket to Paris against the Netherlands on Sunday.

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The Caribbean Queens will play their last match of the qualifier on Sunday against the Netherlands who suffered a 3-0 loss on Saturday against Serbia. Serbia earned their ticket to the Olympics.

The Queens of the Caribbean currently hold the second position in Group A with a 5-1 record, tied with Serbia, who leads with 15 points. The Dominican team has 15 points, closely followed by the Netherlands with 12 points.

The Dominican Republic needs to win two sets on Sunday against the Netherlands to qualify for Paris 2024, which would mark their fourth participation in the Olympic Games (Athens 2004, London 2012, Tokyo 2021).

Brayelin Martinez (DOM) spikes against China

The Dominicans made more unforced errors than China, but well made up with an advantage in offense, leading 60-43 in attacks and 10-4 in blocks.

The Dominican attack was led by Brayelin Martínez (25 points), Gaila González (21 points), and Yonkaira Peña (16 points).

Meanwhile, Canada, also in Group A, improved their record to 4-2 after defeating Mexico 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-17). Opposite hitter Kiera Van Ryk led with 17 points, including two aces and two blocks, while outside hitter Grecia Castro was the top scorer for Mexico with 16 points.

Here are the standings