Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 6, 2003 - Yudelkys Bautista carried the Dominican Republic women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18) victory over Venezuela in the Pan American Games scoring 13 points from 12 spikes while Annerys Valdez had 12 for the local side 2-0 in the Preliminary Round in Pool B.
"I saw the team playing better volleyball tonight," said Dominican coach Jorge Garbey. "It was stronger and faster."
Of the slender, 193cm Bautista he said: "Every team has a player like that who takes charge in the crucial moments. She did it tonight."
"I am very happy with my performance tonight," said Bautista. "I got more involved in the match and the ball was falling in the other side."
In other action,Yumilka Ruiz led a well balanced Cuban offense in the 3-0 victory over Mexico in Pool B. Ruiz, the stellar player of Cuba, had 15 points and was joined by Marta Sanchez (13), Nancy Carrillo (12) and Zoila Barros (11) in double figures.
In men's action Cuba scored its second victory defeating Canada 3-0 after a tough battle in the first set that finished 35-33. The next two ended 25-21, 25-19.
Cuba's Tomas Aldazabal landed some huge spikes to help Cuba back from trailing 21-23. Aldazabal also drove home the winning shot of the first set where he scored 13 of his 19 points.
Both teams leveled at 7-all in the second set when Cuba took a commanding lead at 10-7 with attacks from Ariel Gil and Aldazabal and never looked back.
"We played much better than the previous match and I think the team is going to improve as the tournament goes on," said Eliseo Ramos, the Cuban coach. "This is a young team and we are working for the future."
In other action, world champion Brazil grabbed its second triumph in the men's tournament cruising to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) win over Puerto Rico in 76 minutes.
The newly crowned champions of the World League came from behind in the first set deploying strong blocking to stop the Puerto Rican offense.
"We started playing very bad," said Nalbert Bitencourt, the Brazilian captain, "but then we found our rhythm and reached our usual level."
"Puerto Rico surprised us in the opening set," he added, "it is the first time we play against them and they played very good."
"Giba" Godoy led the Brazilian scorers with 13 points and Nalbert followed with 10. Hector Soto had 13 for Puerto Rico and captain Victor Rivera had 9.