Arecibo Captains win Puerto Rico’s men title
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, January 14, 2013 – The league debutants
Arecibo Captains were crowned as champions of the Puerto Rican
Men’s Superior League by sweeping the Guaynabo Mets in the best-of-seven
final series that concluded on Sunday.
The Captains scored a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) victory over the
Mets to join Fajardo Cariduros as the only franchises to win the
title in their first year.
Guaynabo, playing in their second final series in four years,
fell short of claiming a title they last won in 1976.
Hector Soto and Mariem Moreau topped the winners with 15 and 13
points respectively while Joel Otero and Luis Rodríguez added 10
and 9 tallies. Guaynabo’s Jackson Rivera finished with 14 points.
Arecibo held an 11-5 advantage in the blocking department with
Otero leading the charts with five blocks. The winners also
dominated 5-2 in the serving aces category.
The veteran middle blocker Rodríguez, captain of Arecibo and
playing in his twenty-third season, was elected as the Most
Valuable Player of the series.
“I am super happy with my first title out of Naranjito,” said
Rodriguez, who was signed as a free-agent after being released
by his old team. “I feel great with the job of the franchise and
very grateful to the management. We rewarded them with the title
they wanted so much.”
The championship was very special for Arecibo’s David Aleman,
who was recently named as coach of the Puerto Rico Men’s
“We started this team from scratch and that makes the victory
very different and more satisfying,” said Aleman, who also
coached Naranjito and Corozal to national titles in the past.
The victory was no less satisfying for the veteran Soto who
erased doubts by returning from a shoulder surgery and had a
“I never was 100 per cent sure about my condition but a paid a
lot of dedication and was able to get closer to the level I was
before,” Soto said. “I am very grateful to the team management
for believing in me.”