Brazil Breaks Away from Trinidad & Tobago

June 29, 2009, 7:32 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (June 29, 2009) – Brazil defeated Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets 25-11, 25-14, 25-9 to tie with Dominican Republic for first place in Pool B of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup. The winner of Tuesday’s match between these two teams will decide the winner of the group and the automatic ticket to the semi final round.

Brazil out-blocked its opponent 13-2 during the match which lasted 57 minutes.

Caroline Gattaz led Brazil with 13 points, including six blocks and Adenizia Silva added 11 with three blocks. Regiane Bidias, Joyce Da Silva and Welissa Gonzaga each contributed 9 points.

“Tomorrow’s game against Dominican Republic will be an important one to decide the group”, said Roberto Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach. “They always play strong against us with good serves and good blocking. It should be a very an interesting match.”

“I am very happy about playing against Brazil and scoring many points,” said Nicholson Drakes, the coach of Trinidad and Tobago. “I am very proud of their great effort and I hope they can learn from this experience.”