Dominicans face tough opponent in search of first victory


Tokyo, Japan, May 17, 2016 - The Netherlands and the Dominican Republic will face each other on the fourth competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.  The European side has a favourable head-to-head record, while the squad from the Caribbean will be looking for its first victory in Tokyo.

• The most recent meetings between these teams came at the 2010 World Grand Prix. The Netherlands won both encounters at this tournament (3-2, 3-0).
• The Netherlands recorded two straight-set wins at the 2009 World Grand Prix.
• The Netherlands won their last World Olympic Qualification match against a NORCECA side. They beat Canada in straight sets in 2000.

• The Netherlands have won three of their last four matches at World Olympic Qualification Tournaments.
• Since the start of 2015, the Netherlands have won 19 of their 23 competitive matches.
• Lonneke Sloetjes has scored 70 points at this World Olympic Qualification Tournament, second-most of all players behind Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR, 75).
• Sloetjes has scored 66 points from 106 spikes, a success rate of 62.26%. This is more than 10% higher success rate than she had at the 2015 World Grand Prix (51.70%).

Dominican Republic
• The Dominican Republic are hoping to clinch their first win at this World Olympic Qualification Tournament.
• They have now lost four competitive matches in a row, directly following four successive wins at last year's NORCECA Championships.
• Elizabeth Brayelin Martinez has been the Dominican Republic's top scorer in all three matches at this World Olympic Qualification Tournament.
• Niverka Dharlenis Marte Frica has made 284 setups, including 103 running sets, for an average of 10.30 setups per set.


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