Mexicali, Mexico, May 30, 2008 - Sidarka Nunez scored five of her 37 points in the fifth set leading the Dominican Republic to a victory over USA, 20-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-23, 15-8, in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup, a qualifier to the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Dominican Milagros Cabral had 17 points including five blocks, and Cindy Rondon and Annerys Vargas added 14 and 10, respectively. Alexis Crimes was the best American with 22 tallies and Tracy Stalls added 17 including six blocks. Cynthia Barboza had 10 and Kristin Richards and Heather Hughes each had nine.
In the last match of Pool B, Canada took advantage of an erratic night by Cuba combined with a big offensive job of Tammy Mahon and Emely Cordonier and won in five sets. The Canadians defeated the four-time champions of the Pan American Cup 20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-12, 17-15. Mahon and Cordonier had 16 and 15 points respectively while Cubans Yaima Ortiz and Yusleini Herrera each had 20.
In Pool A, Argentina scored an easy victory over Trinidad & Tobago in straight sets, 25-13, 25-17, 25-16. Ileana Leyendeker led Argentina with eight points and Natali Flaviani and Yamila Nizetich added seven and six, respectively. Taila de Souza, Krystle Esdelle and Rheeza Grant each had seven for Trinidad & Tobago.
In the last match of Pool A, Mexico came from behind to defeat Costa Rica in five sets. Captain Martha Revueltas led the comeback and finally the host team won 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10. Revueltas led four Mexican players in double figures with 26 points. Zaira Orellana, Migdalel Ruiz and Carolina Carranza had 17, 14 and 10, respectively. Costa Ricans Verania Willis and Karen Cope had 26 and 23.
In Pool B, Brazil started with a triumph over Venezuela in straight sets, 25-11, 25-21, 25-19. The stronger attacks of Brazilians Natalia Pereira and Regiane Bidias were the difference in the first and third sets when the winners dominated from start to finish. Pereira led Brazil with 18 points and Jayce Andrade was the best for Venezuela with 10 tallies.
In the second match of Pool B, Puerto Rico took advantage of its blocking and offense to dominate Peru 3-0. The score was 25-20, 25-17, 25-21. Karina Ocasio led Puerto Rico with 16 points and Aury Cruz added 10.