F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 17.03.2003

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Dominican Republic upsets USA

MEXICALI, Baja California.- The Dominican Republic produced the biggest upset of the Women Centennial of Mexicali Cup blanking USA 3-0 and advancing to the gold medal match against Cuba. Winless in their first three outings, the Dominicans overwhelmed the unbeaten Americans in the last two sets (25-15, 25-12) after a well battled opening (29-27). The USA defence was regularly penetrated by power-hitters Sofia Mercedes and Milagros Lourdes, while setter Francia Jackson displayed a bright game and libero Evelyn Carrera repeatedly saved many balls. The Dominicans had lost to USA 2-3 a day earlier in a long contest with the final set ending 15-17. The Americans finished 3-0 in the regular series with all their victories coming from behind and in five sets. DOM: Bautista, Rondón, Valdez, Jackson, Lourdes and Carrera. USA: Benjamin, Byrd, Hochevar, Stalls, Kester and Stonebarger.


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