Puerto Rico eye third win in match with Dominican Republic


Hamamatsu, Japan, October 3, 2018 - Puerto Rico have recorded two wins and will be looking to earn their third victory against their NORCECA rivals Dominican Republic in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.

• Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic have met twice before at the World Championships, with both nations recording one victory.
• These nations last met at the World Championships in 2002, when Puerto Rico beat Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-19, 28-26, 25-22).
• Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic also clashed at the 1974 World Championships. The Dominicans won 3-0 in the classification round 19-23 (15-12, 16-14, 15-9).
• These nations last met at world level major competition (Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, World Grand Prix and Grand Champions Cup) on 18 June 2016, when Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-1 at the 2016 World Grand Prix. Bethania De La Cruz de Peña (DOM) scored 18 points, at least two more than any other player. Stephanie Enright (PUR) contributed for 16 points.

Puerto Rico
• At the 2018 World Championship so far, Puerto Rico lost against Brazil (3-0) and won against Kazakhstan (3-0) and Kenya (3-0).
• Puerto Rico could now win three of their first four matches of a World Championship for the first time since 2002 (then also three out of four).
• Puerto Rico could equal their longest winning streak within a single edition of the World Championships. They previously won three in a row in 1982 and 2002.
• Twenty-one of Puerto Rico's last 22 defeats at World Championships have come in straight sets. The only exception in this run was their 3-2 loss to Azerbaijan in 2014.
• Stephanie Enright is Puerto Rico's tournament top scorer on 36 points, one more than Daly Santana (35).

Dominican Republic
• After having lost their opening two matches of this World Championship 3-0 against Serbia and Brazil, Dominican Republic claimed their first victory on Monday when they beat Kazakhstan in straight sets.
• Dominican Republic could now win successive World Championship matches for the first time since a run of eight victories in a row from 2010-2014.
• Dominican Republic could win back-to-back World Championship matches in straight sets. They did this once before, in their last two matches of the 2002 edition (versus Kenya and Argentina).
• Bethania De La Cruz De Peña is her team's tournament top scorer thus far on 24 total points, one more than Prisilla Rivera Brens (23) and two more than Yonkaira Paola Peña Isabel and Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez (22 each).


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