F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 13.03.2003

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Mexico defeats Dominican Republic

MEXICALI, Baja California.- A powerful spike from Mígdalel Ruiz Juárez in the fourth set gave México a 3-1 victory over Dominican Republic and a tie with Cuba for second place in the standings of the Women Mexicali Centenal Cup. The emotional set and match ended 29-27 in front of thousands of cheering local fans in the State Auditorium of Mexicali. "The game was under a lot of pressure and the important thing was to put the ball in play," said a joyous Ruis after the game. "I was not in a position to hit it hard enough but decided to take the risk." Mexico won the first two sets 28-26 and 25-18 with the Dominicans, who blanked in their first matched against Cuba, taking the third 17-25. Once again, Bibi Candelas, Claudia Rodriguez and Yendy Cortinas carried most of the offensive and defensive weight for the Mexican team. Play continues in the tournament.


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