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PRESS RELEASE 09/11/2005

Cuba will dispute USA the ticket to Japan

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 10, 2005.- Cuba will meet USA in the decisive match of the Norceca Women’s Continental Championship with the winner of the contest advancing to the Grand Champions Cup in Japan next November.

Cuba moved to the gold medal match after an easy victory over Dominican Republic in straight sets by score of 25-12, 25-12, 25-18.

Nancy Carrillo was the best Cuban with 12 points and Yaima Ortiz and Zoila Barros added 10 and 9. Cindy Rondon, Kenia Moreta and Bethania de la Cruz each had 5 points for Dominican Republic.

In the first set with the score 8-7 in favour of Cuba, Nancy Carrillo recorded four consecutive aces sending her side to the triumph. The blocking of Cuba was its main weapon in the second set which ended with identical score as the first one. The third set was not very much different than the others.

Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: “It was a tough match and we had a lot of problems with our reception.”

Yumilka Ruiz, captain of Cuba: “We came well prepared for this match. All the semi finals are tough.”

Francisco Cruz, coach of Dominican Republic: “Cuba is a great team. We have faced them five times this year with the same result. I don’t think we failed in our reception, on the contrary, Cuba had excellent serves.”

Felipe Calderon, coach of Cuba: “We came out very focused and the players executed well. I am very satisfied also with the job done by the reserve players we used as replacements.”

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