Puerto Rico defeats Canada in straight sets
TIJUANA, Mexico, April 29, 2012 – Puerto Rico relied on a
team-effort to score a convincing 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-21) over
Canada in Pool A of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification
Tournament on Sunday.
Five players of the winning side concluded the match in
double-figures with Aury Cruz and Shanon Torregrosa each
registering 13 points, Sarai Alvarez and Jetzabel Del Valle
contributing 11 apiece and Yarimar Rosa adding 10 points.
Sarah Pavan and Tammy Mahon were the top producers for Canada
with 11 and 9 points respectively.
Vilmarie Mojica and David Aleman, Captain and Coach of Puerto
Rico respectively, both praised the performance by middle
blockers Torregrosa and Del Valle.
“It was a team effort and I am especially happy by the way our
middle blockers performed,” Mojica said. “It is a good way to
start the tournament.”
“We need to leave this game in the past and start focusing in
our next two matches of the preliminary round,” Canada Captain
Tammy Mahon said.
“We had a good rhythm as consequence from the good reception and
our middle blockers did an excellent job,” Aleman said.
“Everyone contributed to the victory we didn’t have one player
standing out above the rest.”
“Our team was a little tight for the first two sets and it was
only in the third set when we were able to do a good job,”
Canada’s Coach Arnd Ludwig said. “One big reason is that our
team is adjusting to play with a new setter”.