Kazakhstan and Dominican Republic looking for first win in Tokyo


Tokyo, Japan, May 20, 2016 - The only two teams that are already out of contention for tickets to Rio at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan, Kazakhstan and the Dominican Republic, will face each other on the penultimate competition day in a quest for their first victory in Tokyo.

• Kazakhstan and the Dominican Republic have met on three occasions in the last 10 years.
• The Dominican Republic won in straight sets at the 2008 World Olympic Qualification tournament.
• They also beat Kazakhstan in their most recent meeting, 3-2 at the 2011 World Grand Prix.
• Kazakhstan last won at the 2007 World Grand Prix, also in a five-setter.

• Kazakhstan are winless in this year's competition and are out of contention for the Olympic Games.
• They had finished their previous campaign in 2008 with two wins. Their only wins at World Olympic Qualification tournaments.
• Kazakhstan's last wins in competitive matches came at the 2015 World Grand Prix in June 2015, when they beat Algeria, Australia and Cuba in successive matches.
• Yekaterina Zhdanova leads her teammates in total points scored (43) and points from spikes (36).

Dominican Republic
• The Dominican Republic have lost all five matches in this year's competition and cannot qualify for the Olympic Games.
• The Dominican Republic are eyeing their first win at the World Olympic Qualification tournament since winning their last three matches at the 2008 edition.
• They have now lost six competitive matches in a row, directly following four successive wins at last year's NORCECA Championships.
• Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez has scored most points for her team in this tournament (86). She only trails powerhouses Lonneke Sloetjes (NED, 109), Angela Leyva (PER, 104) and Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR, 101).


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