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Dominican performance surprised even the players and coach

 
Rosario, Argentina, August 26, 2017 - The massive 3-0 win of Dominican Republic over Russia was not only a reason for ecstasy for coach Alexandre Ceccato and some of the players, as they also admitted the quota of surprise about their very high levels of play.

Alexandre Ceccato, Dominican Republic coach: “I am a bit surprised with how we play - we played better than them, the only 3-0 that I have thought was for Russia but we made few mistakes and took the victory. Tomorrow we will face the candidate, Italy is clearly the favourite. Now we will celebrate and after that we will start thinking on how to beat Italy.”

Natalia Martínez, Dominican Republic captain: “As a team we never dreamt with a victory like this; we knew that we needed to make a few mistakes and avoid their block. Nobody worked harder than us to get ready for this, we deserve this. Now we need to give our best and cheer each other to defeat Italy and to represent our country with pride.”

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Madeline Guillen, Dominican Republic player: “We were waiting for a tie break, they are a strong team. We will try to do our best to beat Italy tomorrow. We know that our people in Dominican Republic are celebrating our moment and we want to bring them more joy.”

Mariela Jiménez, Dominican Republic player: “We knew it would be hard, as they are bigger and stronger than us. We never thought on being here after the first few matches; I have no words to describe how I feel.”

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