Dominican Republic Downs Argentina

June 26, 2009, 8:10 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Florida (June 26, 2009) - Defending champions Dominican Republic recovered from losing the opening set and defeated Argentina 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25 in Day One of the Eight Women’s Pan American Cup on Friday afternoon at Florida International University Arena.

Bethania de la Cruz tallied 20 points, including seven aces and two blocks to lead Dominican Republic and Prisilla Rivera added 18 with three blocks. Leticia Boscacci was the best Argentinean with 17 points and Natali Flaviani added 11.

The key for the Dominicans was the power and accuracy of their serves and the consistent blocking. They outscored their opponents 10-3 in serves and 13-8 in blocking.

“The attack, which is our main weapon, was not good today, but we served well and that made our blocking much better,” said Marcos Kwiek, the coach of Dominican Republic.

“We didn’t expect that kind of services from the Dominican team,” said Horacio Bastit, the coach of Argentina. “That was not in our plans”