PRESS RELEASE 18.12.2003


Dominican Republic maintains a perfect record

Santo Domingo, December 17, 2003 - The Dominican Republic kept its perfect record in the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualifier with a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico. The score was 25-22, 25-21, 25-20.

Cosiris Rodriguez and Yudelkis Bautista were the best players for the host squad who faces Cuba on Thursday. The Cubans had a rest day.

The veteran Rodriguez closed the first set with a couple of cannon shots and was succesful in 13 of 20 attempts finishing with 14 points. Bautista had 12 points.

“I think the key to the match was the Dominican blocking,” said David Aleman, the Puerto Rican coach.

Annerys Vargas had five of her 9 points with the blocks and she is leading the tournament in that department.

“Puerto Rico is a good team who relies on the fundamentals and they always elevate their game against our squad,” said Jorge Garbey, the Dominican coach. “It was a close match but we prevailed with our service and the blocking to close the sets.”

Eva Cruz had 12 points and Karina Ocasio added 10 for the Puerto Ricans who are 0-2 and now have to play against Mexico and Canada.

“We made many mistakes against Cuba but reduced them tonight,” said Aleman. “I hope we can keep lowering the errors and have better games for the rest of the tournament.”