Thailand seek first win of 2017 against Dominican Republic


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2017 - Thailand and the Dominican Republic clash for the fourth time in the history of the FIVB World Grand Prix Sunday in Apeldoorn, with the Asian side enjoying a slight lead of 2-1 in the series. Thailand are still after their first win of the season, but the Dominican Republic are now 1-1 after a Saturday win over Japan.

• Thailand and Dominican Republic will meet for the fourth time in the World Grand Prix.
• Dominican Republic won their first encounter in the competition, 3-1 in the preliminary round in 2008.
• Thailand won these team's last two meetings at the World Grand Prix, 3-0 in 2012 and 3-1 in 2014.
• Their most recent meeting in major competitions came at the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games. Thailand beat Dominican Republic 3-1. Both teams failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

• Thailand have lost both of their matches at the 2017 World Grand Prix, 3-2 against Japan and 3-0 against Netherlands.
• They could lost their first three of a single campaign for the first time since 2010.
• Thailand are currently on an eight-match losing streak in the competition since the 3-2 win against Italy last year.
• Thailand have won at least two matches in each of their last eight participations in the World Grand Prix.
• Ajcharaporn Kongyot is Thailand's top scorer after two matches with 17 points against Japan and 11 points against Netherlands.

Dominican Republic
• Dominican Republic bounced back after a 3-0 defeat against Netherlands on the opening day by beating Japan 3-1.
• Last year, Dominican Republic started their campaign with one victory and one defeat before winning the other six matches in that tournament.
• Bethania De La Cruz De Pena is Dominican Republic's top scorer so far this campaign as she scored 31 points in total.
• Annerys Victoria Vargas Valdez has scored eight points from blocks in the first two matches.


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