Dominican Republic Edges Brazil in Five Sets

June 30, 2009, 11:09 p.m. (ET)

Match #25: Dominican Republic Edges Brazil in Five Sets

MIAMI, Fla. (June 30, 2009) – Bethania de la Cruz tallied eight of her match-high 26 points in the tie-breaker leading the Dominican Republic to a thrilling victory over Olympic champions Brazil by score of 25-23, 19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13 Tuesday night at U.S. Century Bank Arena in Florida International University.

The win earned Dominican Republic a direct ticket to the semi final round of the competition, a qualifier to next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix. The Brazilians will meet Peru in the quarterfinals of Thursday.

Prisilla Rivera and Milagros Cabral contributed 15 and 12 points respectively to the victory and Annerys Vargas and Lisvel Eve chipped in nine and eight tallies.

Brazilians Thaisa Menezes and Sheila Castro each produced 17 points and Welissa Gonzaga and Mari Steinbrecher recorded 12 and 11 respectively.

“You have to feel excited after defeating an Olympic champions like Brazil,” said Marcos Kwiek. “It was a team victory with everyone contributing. Bethania was great but the rest of the team really supported her performance. It is good to win but the biggest win is when you win the title.”

“The Dominican team played well and deserved the victory and that is important,” said Roberto Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach. “We made errors in key moments but that is always the story. When you lose you always make errors.”