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FIVB Women's U-23 World Championship - Semifinal time in Tijuana

Lorenzo Gahol 11 Oct 2013
The Chinese are aiming to extend their unbeaten record (credit:FIVB)

Tijuana's High Performance Center Gymnasium plays host to the semifinal of the inaugural FIVB Women's U-23 World Championship tonight.

The Dominican Republic and the United States face off in the first semifinal in a showdown of NORCECA rivals.

The Dominicans topped Pool A with 13 points despite having a lower win-loss record against Japan. 

Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Brayelin Martinez are the one-two scoring punch of the Dominicans. Helping them out are Yonkaira Peña, Candida Arias and setter Brenda Castillo. 

The United States, meanwhile, beat Brazil for the second semifinal place in Pool B. The Americans finished with 11 points, one ahead of the Brazilians.

Tournament top scorer Gina Mancuso is the player to watch for the Americans.

Assisting her in the scoring chores are Ariel Turner and Hayley Hodson and setter Lauren Cook.

The other semifinal match pits Asian rivals China against Japan.

The Chinese swept Pool B and earned 14 points.  

Back to lead the Asian powerhouse are Liu Yanhan, Yang Zhou, Zhang Xiaoya, Wang Qi, setter Yao Di and libero Shan Danna. 

Japan also emerged unbeaten in Pool A but three of its wins came from five-setters and ended up second to the Dominican Republic.

The top players for the Japanese are Saori Takahashi, Yurie Nabeya and Sarina Koga. Also expected to play quality minutes is libero Miku Torigoe.   

Watch also the classification matches for the fifth to eighth places. Turkey and Germany will face off while Brazil and Italy will clash in the other classification match. 

FIVB Women's U-23 World Championship

11.10.2013
20:00 | VOLLEYBALL
Turkey v Germany 

22:00 | VOLLEYBALL
Brazil v Italy  

12.10.2013
01:00 | VOLLEYBALL
Dominican Republic v USA 

03:00 | VOLLEYBALL
China  v Japan  

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