Puerto Rico wins bronze medal and ticket to Turkey


GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 2, 2010 – Puerto Rico out matched Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-20, 25-16, 25-21) to win the bronze medal at NORCECA Girls’ Youth Volleyball Championship and the remaining continental’s berth to the 2011 FIVB World Championship for players under 18 years-old.


The Puerto Ricans executed 12 scoring blocks against only 4 by the Dominicans. In serves both teams scored with three aces.


Daly Santana totaled 19 points for the winners and Lucia Castro and Pilar Victoria contributed 13 and 12 respectively. Elizabeth Martinez was the only Dominican in double digits with 11 tallies and Pamela Soriano charted nine.


“Today we really played up to our level and the match the day before against United States really helped,” said Puerto Rico’s Coach Eric Gonzalez. “Our serves did a lot of damage to the opponent and we could establish solid blocking at the corners.”


“That’s not my team,” said a disappointed Giovanni Sibilia, the Dominican Coach. “That’s the worst we have played in the tournament. I never imagined we could play as bad as we did it. But it was one of those days when all things come out against you.”

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