22. 05. 2019

VNL 2019 W: Dominican ladies score historic win over Russia, Brazil's new captain Gabi pushes her team past China

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The Dominican Republic prevailed over Russia in the Preliminary Round – Pool 3 encounter of the 2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League to achieve a historic win.


The Dominican Republic beat Russia for the first time in the world-level competition. This victory came in Brasília, Brazil, on Day 1 of the 2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League Preliminary Round, Pool 3.

Driven by Brayelin Martínez, who poured in 24 points, the Dominican Republic won by a 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 28-26), making the biggest upset in the opening day of the tournament. Cándida Arias made 5 kill blocks for the Dominican Republic. The players of the Caribbean side felt like playing at home as they were supported by the Brazilian fans at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. As for Russia, their most productive player on the court was Margarita Kurilo with 22 points.

It is noteworthy that Russia had as much as nine debutants in the senior list, of which four made their first national team appearance in the competition under the FIVB. There have never been so many debutants at once in Russia Women’s national team history.


Commanded by the newly promoted captain Gabriela Guimarães “Gabi” and supported by the 6,000 fans at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the country’s capital of Brasília, the national team of Brazil swept China in the biggest derby of Day 1.

With the absence of several experienced players due to various reasons (Adenízia, Thaísa, Camila Brait, Gabi Cândido, Tassia, Drussyla, Dani Lins, Natália, and Tandara), Brazil national team head coach José Guimarães “‎Zé Roberto” decided to award the captain’s armband in the match against China to Gabi who is, compared to the most of the summoned players for the 2019 Nations League, a veteran despite her age of 25. She justified the trust given by Zé Roberto, top-scoring for the “Seleção” with 20 points in a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) over Asian rivals. As for China, whose executive head coach An Jiajie did not take players like Zhu Ting and Li Yingying to this opening stage of the Nations League, Liu Yanhan scored 11 points, coming from the bench.

2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 1 – Day 1:

Pool 1 (Opole, Poland):

Thailand – Germany 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-22)

Poland – Italy 2-3 (15-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-17)

Pool 2 (Ruse, Bulgaria):

Belgium – USA 0-3 (23-25, 8-25, 22-25)

Bulgaria – Japan 1-3 (23-25, 25-21, 19-25-23-25)

Pool 3 (Brasília, Brazil):

Dominican Republic – Russia 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 28-26)

Brazil – China 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21)

Pool 4: (Belgrade, Serbia):

South Korea – Turkey 0-3 (15-25, 26-28, 19-25)

Serbia – Netherlands 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-19)



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