PRESS RELEASE 09.01.2004


South America Women - Good start for Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, January 9, 2004 - Hosts Venezuela opened their campaign at the South American Women's Olympic Qualification tournament in Poliedro Stadium with a dramatic tie-breaker victory over Peru winning 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 25-17, 19-25, 18-16) in 110 minutes of electrifying Volleyball here in the Poliedro Stadium on Friday.

Thanks to their stars such as captain Abreu and 1.95m tall Castañeda, Venezuela could control the courageous and passionate game of the Peruvians who fought all the way in front 7,000 Venezuelan fans.

The Venezuelan coach Méndez used his entire squad throughout the match, with Abreu, Gomez, Oropesa, Gloux, Castañeda and Garcia helped by libero Vasquez.

Peru coached by Carlos Aparicio started with Soto, Kelidibekova, Malaga, Chihuan, Palacios and Uribe who was injured in the second set and left the court. Milagros Moy and former Russian Natalia Romanova arrived late in the stadium directly from the airport after a long flight from Madrid and played from the second set to the end of the match.

Saturday sees Peru take on Argentina and Venezuela face the Dominican Republic in a battle between two unbeaten sides.