Serbia defeats Dominican Republic on Boskovic’s shoulders
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 6, 2018 - Tijana Boskovic's superb
scoring run continued as Serbia put one foot in the FIVB women's
Nations League Final Round after an emphatic straight-sets
victory 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-13) over Dominican Republic in
Boskovic started the Pool 13 match with 178 VNL points, and she
added 21 more thanks to a seismically powerful display which
handed Serbia a 9th victory in 11 Nations League games as they
stormed up to second - one point above Brazil - in the table.
Apart from a slow start to the second set which saw Zoran
Terzic's girls fall 8-4 behind by the first technical timeout,
this was a statement of intent from a side who are now on the
verge of sealing their place in the Final Round in China.
Dominican Republic are a side packed with talent, but too often
they suffer from errors and a lack of communication when the
going gets tough, and they didn't have enough nous or ingenuity
to trouble a wonderful Serbian side who finished third in last
year's World Grand Prix. The Queens of the Caribbean were
outclassed as they suffered a 9th defeat in 11 VNL games to sit
a lowly 13th in the table.
Brayelin Martinez - who was only five points shy of Boskovic
prior to this game in the VNL - was subdued throughout despite
top scoring for her side with 10 points. She landed only nine
spikes from 25 attempts in a messy display, while Yonkaira Pena
Isabel - who notched eight spikes from 21 attempts - was also
guilty of some glaring misses, most notably when handing Serbia
that 17-16 lead in the second set.