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Brazil Sweeps Dominican Republic for Pan Am Cup Crown

July 04, 2009, 8:35 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 4, 2009) – Olympic champions Brazil claimed its second crown in the history of the Women’s Pan American Cup by scoring a convincing straight set victory over Dominican Republic in the gold-medal match at University of Miami on Saturday. The score was 25-18, 25-20, 25-14.

The previous Brazilian title in the event was in 2006 when the competition took place in Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic was the defending tournament champion.

The Brazilians’ serves and subsequent blocking were the keys for the triumph of the South American representatives. The winners out-blocked their opponents 14-5.

Sheila Castro led the balanced attack of Brazil with 15 points including four blocks and Natalia Pereira had three blocks en route to her 10 tallies. Fabiana Claudino added nine points and Mari Steinbrecher and Thaisa Menezes contributed with seven apiece.

Milagros Cabral topped Dominican Republic with 11 points, Lisvel Eve added 8 and Bethania de la Cruz was limited to only seven points.

“I am happy we won the game and tournament,” Brazil Head Coach said. “This is not the team from the 2008 Olympic cycle, as we are starting a new Olympic cycle. This is the second tournament we have played this year, and we have won both events with this roster.”

“I am extremely happy in winning this tournament, our second of the year,” Brazil captain Danielle Rodrigues Lins said. “We started today’s sets slow, but were able to serve and block well.”

“We had a sub-par performance and played different than we have the whole tournament,” Dominican Republic Head Coach Marcus Kwiek said. “Brazil put pressure on us through its serve and we had trouble with our service reception.”

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