August 05, 2003 - The Dominican Republic women's team, one of the favorites to win a medals, beat Mexico on Tuesday in an easy 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-18) affair before a crowded stadium that included the vice president of the country Milagros Ortiz Bosch.
Backed by close to 3,500 local fans in the new pavillion built for the Games, the Dominicans dominated the encounter all the way starting with an 8-2 lead in the first set and they never looked back, relying on the dependable attack of Cosiri Rodriguez and Yudelkis Bautista.
The second set was one sided with Nurys Arias recording some stunning uncontended spikes while the third set saw Mexico react to a degree to take a 5-4 lead but once again Rodriguez along with Milagos Cabral sent the Dominicans to victory.
Rodriguez finished the match with 12 points and Cabral 10 for the Dominicans.
“The girls were a little nervous in the first set even with the lead that we got, but the second set showed what we are able to do,” said Jorge Garbey, the Dominican coach. “I was pleased with our blocking today but the next few games will tell the full story about the capabilities of our side.”
“They read our attack very well and were consistent in the blocking,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach. “We are in a building process and every match is important.”
Francia Jackson, the captain of the Dominican Republic said: “We started a little nervous because we haven’t played in the country and a lot of people are expecting a lot. In the next game the fans will see the real Dominican team.”