Puerto Rico advance to Norceca Women’s U18 semifinals
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 9 2012 – Puerto Rico qualified to the
semifinals at the Norceca Women´s U18 Continental Championship,
after defeating Guatemala 3-0 (25-8, 25- 10, 25-18).
Paola Rojas finished with 13 points for Puerto Rico, while
Julymar Otero scored 12. Guatemala’s captain Estefanie
Bethancourth registered seven. “The match was very tough. We had
a lot to give, a little bit more, but we had a lack of
enthusiasm and didn’t come together as a team ti win,” said
“We are very glad to be in the semifinals, we feel great. The
match was excellent and we did a great job. We did everything we
had to on the court,” Puerto Rican captain, Wilmarie Rivera,
“I consider we as a te team know how to do it, but I think we
must work more a tactical development plan. We are not satisfied
because we know we can give more. Competition continues tomorrow
with another important match,” said Guatemala’s coach Julio
For Víctor Vázquez, coach of Puerto Rico, this match gave “a
chance to play toa ll the players. They had their time of game,
but we also tried to keep a good level, because Guatemala had a
good third set and we had to react positively,” he indicated.
Puerto Rico will play against the United States this friday in
the semifinal. Guatemala will play for the fifth place with the
loser of the match between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.