Puerto Rico Races Past Guatemala
for 2-0 Mark
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 28, 2012) – Puerto Rico
moved to 2-0 in Pool B of the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental
Championship on Tuesday afternoon with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20
victory over Guatemala at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Puerto Rico will battle Canada on Wednesday afternoon at 15:00
in a match of undefeated teams with the winner advancing
directly to Friday’s semifinal round. Guatemala (0-2) will go
for its first win of the tournament on Wednesday against Curacao
Puerto Rico had 11 of its 12 players score points, keyed by nine
points each from Fabian Roehna and Pedro Fernandez. Pedro Nieves
added eight points in the victory.
Guatemala’s Gerardo Gonzalez Paz scored a match-high 17 points,
while Erick Noel Colindres Ipina added six points.
Puerto Rico managed a 7-1 advantage in aces to keep Guatemala
off-balance on reception while adding a 12-3 margin in blocks.
Puerto Rico won a close 25-20 battle in the opening set thanks
in part to a 4-1 block advantage and six points from Torres.
Guatemala reached the first technical timeout of the second set
leading 8-5, but Puerto Rico raced in front 17-11 on a 12-3 run
en route to a 25-19 victory. Puerto Rico closed out the match
with a 25-20 victory.
“Guatemala played a good match,” Puerto Rico head coach Ramon
Hernandez said. “I am happy with the victory, happy that
everyone got into the match and played well. I think we are
improving every match, but I expect we will play better tomorrow
think we can play at a higher level,” Puerto Rico captain
Cristian Rivera said. “Guatemala played a good match tonight. I
liked that we were able to player all our players and that will
be beneficial for our depth later in this tournament. I look
forward to playing Canada tomorrow and attempting to qualify
first in the group.”
think this game was motivational for us, but the height of
Puerto Rico was too much,” Guatemala head coach Jorge Chavez
said. “Congratulations to Puerto Rico for a good match. I think
we are going on the right track. I feel proud of our players and
we hope to win tomorrow to pass to the playoffs. Hopefully in
the future we can get taller players.”
are satisfied with what we did today, but we can do better,”
Guatemala captain Erick Noel Colindres Ipina said. “Puerto Rico
has a high level and is very good offensively. We hope to play
better tomorrow and qualify for the higher classification.