PRESS RELEASE 21.12.2003


Dominican Republic and Cuba go for the gold

Dominican Republic will face Cuba in the gold medal match of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualifier on Sunday after defeating Canada in straight sets by score of 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.

Yudelkis Bautista led the host team with 16 points and Milagros Cabral and Kenia Moreta had 11 and 9 respectively. Sarah Pavan scored 15 for Canada and Amy Tutt contributed with 10.

"Our team went out determined to be more agressive and it was fighting every point," said Jorge Garbey, the Dominican coach. "There is no doubt in my mind that this one has been our best match of the tournament."

"The team played as an unit and did it good in the blocking and the defense also," he added.

About the match against Cuba for the championship and a trip to the 2004 Olympic Games, Garbey said:

"We know each other very well. It is a very powerful team but also have some weakness. Both teams have a very similar style of play. We have to give our best effort like we did tonight and see what happens."

Lorne Sawula, the Canadian coach, said: "It is dissapoint for us but for the Dominicans a joyful victory. They showed their experience in the tight situations and I wish the best in the next round or in South America if that is the case."