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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 Rotterdam. 

 

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.