August 05, 2003 - The Peruvian women's team, courtesy of two stunning performances from Milagros Moy and Leyla Chihuan pulled off a major upset in defeating Brazil in five-sets 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 15-25, 15-5 on Tuesday.
“It is a huge victory for our team,” said an emotional Carlos Aparicio, the Peruvian coach. “Brazil is Brazil no matter which team they are entering in this tournament.”
Moy, who led all the scorers with 25 points, carried most of the attack in the tie-breaker and connected five of her 20 spikes.
“It was a decisive moment and I had to go against the high Brazilian blockade, but fortunately I succeeded,” she said. “Today we played better than the first outing against Puerto Rico.”
In another five-setter a block by Ogona Nmamani gave USA victory over Puerto Rico 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 16-14).
“Both teams played evenly and a couple of blocks at the end of the fifth set was the difference,” said Michael Hebert, the American coach. “Nothing is decided yet and I am very glad my team was able to play together and find out they can win,” he added.
In men´s action Venezuela had an easy afternoon crushing Barbados 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18) in less than an hour to keep its unbeaten record in two outings.
The Venezuelans, who previously defeated the Dominican Republic in five sets, were led by Tomas Ereu with 9 points and Carlos Luna with 7.
In the last match of the day, USA beat the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-20) and improved its record to 2-0 in the Preliminary Round. The Dominicans fell to 0-2.
The taller Americans only confronted serious opposition in the second set with Gabriel Gardner leading the way for USA with 16 points and Brook Billings had a splendid night scoring 13 spikes out of 17 attacks. Elvis Contreras recorded 11 points for Dominican Republic.
“I thought the team stepped it up a notch from our first match,” said USA coach Doug Beal. “And Gabriel Gardner hit really well for us. I was really pleased with the whole team effort tonight. Donald Suxho set a very nice match and Eric Sullivan played a strong match, especially emotionally. He kept the guys up and we were able to take the crowd out of the match.”