PRESS RELEASE 17.12.2003


Dominicans tie with Cuba in first place

The Dominican Republic got its second victory in as many days tying with Cuba in the first place of the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualifier. The host team came back from one set down to beat Canada 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20).

“We played with a lot of up and downs but made the good plays at the right time,” said Jorge Garbey, the Dominican coach. “After the first set, we established the tempo of the match and our blocking was also a factor.”

The offensive of Yudelkis Bautista was a key in the fourth set when she took charge and scored five of the last nine points of the Dominicans with superb spiking.

She led all the scorers with 15 points, followed by Cosiris Rodriguez (13), Kenia Moreta (12), Milagros Cabral (11) and Annerys Vargas (9).

“It was a good fight, both teams played very hard and at the end the team that made less mistakes came out the winner,” said Lorne Sawula, the Canadian coach.

Sarah Pavan and Amy Tutt both scored 14 points to share the lead for the Canadians.

“We have to win the next two matches against Mexico and Puerto Rico in order to keep our chances alive, and I am confident that we are going to be in th semifinals,” he added.