Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico and qualified
to FIVB World Grand Prix
COLIMA, Mexico, June 27,2007.-Spectacular Bethania de la Cruz
scored 26 points and Cindy Rondon had 9 blocks sending the
Dominican Republic to a five-set victory over Puerto Rico in the
Sixth Annual Pan American Cup. The score was 25-17, 22-25, 25-27,
The victory qualified Dominican Republic to the semi finals
against Cuba and also to the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix.
The Dominicans built a high wall in the last two sets and
repeatedly blocked the Puerto Rico killing attempts. They had 23
blocks against 13 by their opponents.
Rondon had 17 points, Milagros Cabral 14, Cosiris Rodriguez 12 and
Annerys Vargas contributed 9 points. Eva and Aury Cruz each had 16
points for Puerto Rico and Karina Ocasio added 13.
“It was a great match as everybody expected,” said Rodriguez. “We
know each other very well and our matches are always of this
“We have to give credit to the Dominicans because they played well
at the crucial moments,” said Aury Cruz. “We have tried to qualify
for the Grand Prix the last two years and both times came up
“Our blocking was great for the last two sets,” said Miguel Beato
Cruz, the Dominican coach. “We made some adjustments and recovered
the rhythm we lost in the second and third sets. It is a great
victory for us and I am satisfied with the job done by my