Dominicans hoping to end tournament on high note


Tokyo, Japan, May 21, 2016 - Korea have qualified for Rio before they play their last FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament match with the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean side cannot qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, but they can end the tournament on a high note by winning twice in a row.

• The Dominican Republic beat Korea in their last meeting at a World Olympic Qualification tournament. They won 3-1 in 2008.
• Since that match of 2008, the Dominicans have won three of the five meetings with Korea, 3-2 wins at the 2009 World Grand Prix and 2011 World Cup and a 3-0 win at the 2009 Grand Champions Cup.
• Korea won in straight sets at the 2010 World Championship and 3-1 in their most recent meeting at the 2015 World Cup.

Dominican Republic
• The Dominican Republic cannot qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but they can end the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament on a high note by winning twice in a row.
• They claimed their first win of the Tokyo tournament against Kazakhstan (3-1). In 2008 they finished the World Olympic Qualification tournament by winning their final three matches.
• Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez (105) became the fourth player in Tokyo to score more than 100 points after Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR, 135), Lonneke Sloetjes (NED, 125) and Angela Leyva (PER, 116).

• Korea have qualified for Rio and it will be their 11th Olympic participation. They have claimed one medal, a bronze in 1976.
• Kim Yeon-Koung scored a tournament-high 34 points in the 3-2 defeat against Thailand to make her the leading top scorer with 135 points, ahead of Lonneke Sloetjes (NED, 125) and Angela Leyva (PER, 116).
• They can still win this World Olympic Qualification tournament. It would be the first time they win this event after finishing runners-up three times - 2000, 2004, 2012.
• Korea's last win in a major international tournament came in 2014 when they won gold at the 2014 Asian Games.


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