MEXICALI, Baja California.- The USA Team keeps playing with fire and coming out unscathed. Once again they fought five sets and prevailed over Dominican Republic to be the only team unbeaten during the round robin of the Women Mexicali Centennial Cup. This time they had to save a match point (14-15) and finally winning the fifth set 17-15. The Dominicans won the first set 27-25 with USA taking the next two, both 25-22, and the Caribbeans the fourth also 25-22.
It was the best outing for the Dominicans, blanked by Cuba and losers to Mexico 3-1, in the four team invitational tournament. USA will meet Dominican Republic again in the semifinals with Cuba and Mexico playing the other match.
USA: Tracy Stalls, Paige Benjamin, Kimberly Kester, Erin Byrd, Elisabeth Backman, Dana Burkholder, Lindsey Berg and Suzanne Stonebarger.
DOM: Daihana Burgos, Sidarka Núñez, Evelyn Carrera, Annery Valdez, Francia Jackson, Yudelkis Bautista and Cindy Rondón.