FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

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Dominican Republic and Brazil to play for Pan Am gold


Dominican Bethania De la Cruz spikes high in the air against USA in the semifinals of the Women's Pan Am Cup on Friday night

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 8, 2011 – Defending champions Dominican Republic and Olympic monarchs Brazil will be pitted in the gold medal match of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Colegio de Bachilleres Gymnasium on Saturday. The Dominicans and Brazilians, winners of Pool A and B respectively, advanced to the last match of the competition by defeating United States and Cuba, whom will play for bronze.

Also on Friday,  Argentina and Puerto Rico claimed the last two berths available for next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix following victories over Peru and Canada. In the other match of the day, Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago to take the ninth position.

Defending champions Dominican Republic will play against Brazil for the gold medal following a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21) victory over USA in the last match of Friday. Prisilla Rivera registered 25 points while Bethania De la Cruz added 17 to help the winning cause. Milagros Cabral and Annerys Vargas added 13 and 11 respectively. American Megan Hodge led the defeated side with 19 points. Others in double figures were Foluke Akinradewo, Jordan Larson and Nicole Fawcett with 15, 13 and 11 respectively.

Olympic champions Brazil advanced to the title’s match of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by defeating Cuba 3-1 (25-19, 25-14, 26-28, 25-15) in the first semifinal contest on Friday. Thaisa Menezes led Brazil with 17 points followed by Fernanda Rodrigues and Sheila Castro with 14 and 13 respectively. Fabiana Claudino added 10. Cuba’s Kenia Carcaces and Wilma Salas charted 15 and 14 and Rosanna Giel and Yoana Palacio notched 11 and 10 respectively.

Argentina earned a ticket to next year’s World Grand Prix as the second best ranked South American Team in the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup following a thrilling five-set victory over Peru by scores of 25-19, 15-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12. Georgina Pinedo and Lucia Fresco led the winners with 20 and 18 points respectively and Emilce Sosa contributed 13. Peruvians Angelica Aquino and Yulissa Zamudio registered 19 and 17 and Mirtha Uribe added 15.

Sarai Alvarez charted 20 points helping Puerto Rico to capture the last ticket available for the 2012 World Grand Prix by scoring a 3-1 (25-19, 25-14, 24-26, 25-16) victory over Canada. Aury Cruz added 19 to the winning cause while Stephanie Enright and Amanda Vasquez notched 11 and 10 respectively. Canada’s Sarah Pavan topped all the scorers in the game with 21 points.

Mexico scored a 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 14-25, 25-19) victory over Trinidad & Tobago good for a ninth place finish. Martha Revuelta and Karla Sainz recorded 15 and 12 points respectively for the winning side while Dulce Carranza charted 10. Trinidadians Krystle Esdelle and Kelly-Anne Billingy each registered 18 points and Channon Thompson had 11.


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