Rodriguez Fung scores 23 in Dominican victory

DURANGO, Mexico, September 24, 2021 – Ariana Rodriguez Fung hammered 23 points while Alondra Tapia and Alanae Margaritha each contributed 15 tallies as Dominican Republic defeated Egypt 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-13) in Pool B of the U18 FIVB Girls’ World Championship.

The victory gave the Dominican Republic a 2-2 win-loss record and the pass to the round of 16. The loss left Egypt winless at 0-4 and will play for the positions 17-20.

The Dominicans had the upper hand in blocks 10-8 and aces 8-7. The winners committed 28 unforced errors to 26 by the losers.

Dominican Captain Crismeily Rodriguez chipped in with 11 points as the fourth player in double digits for the winners.

Toqaalla Eassa and Malah Shahein each had 13 points for the defeated side.

In Pool C, Thailand beat Puerto Rico in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-20). The Puerto Ricans finished at 1-3 with their only victory via forfeit against the no-show Nigeria.

Donphon Sinpho led Thailand with 14 points followed by Ampha Sonsurat with 11. Puerto Ricans Ana Fuertes and Valeria Pagan finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively.