July 2, 2003 - Venezuela booked a quarterfinal showdown with Brazil in the Women’s Pan American Cup after defeating Mexico 3-1 on Wednesday, sending the hosts Mexico into a seventh place playoff with Puerto Rico.
The two-hour contest ended with score of 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-21 before a crowd of around 5,000 partisan fans in the Convention Center of Coahuila.
In the other match of the day, Brazil beat Puerto Rico 3-0 finishing second in Pool A. Although the Brazilians were in the lead all the time the Puerto Ricans improved as the match progressed as Brazil ran out winners 25-19, 25-21, 25-23.
Yaseidi “Mami” Castaneda led the Venezuela side with her spiking and blocks during a first set played under big pressure. Veronica Gomez and Jaice Andrade also contributed.
The Mexicans got a boost from the animated crowd and levelled the match through the attack of Bibi Candelas and the blocking of Claudia Rodríguez and Marion Frias. But a knee injury to Migdalel Ruiz, one of the main offensive sources, destroyed the hopes of the local team for a berth in the quarterfinals.
The third set was very easy for the Venezuelans and they took an 8-5 lead in the fourth with the outstanding play of Mami. Mexico reacted and tied the set on four occasions, but the blockade of Andrade and Castaneda put an end to the chances of the Aztecs.
Canada meets the Dominican Republic in the other quarterfinal while USA and Cuba are already in the semifinals after finishing at the top of their Pools.
Pool A: United States (3-0), Brazil (2-1), Canada (1-2), Puerto Rico (0-3)
Pool B: Cuba (3-0), Dominican Republic (2-1), Venezuela (1-2), Mexico (0-3)
Puerto Rico vs México
Brazil vs Venezuela
Dominican Republic vs Canada