Puerto Rico defeats Brazil in bronze medal match 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 29, 2010 – Hosts Puerto Rico won the bronze medal of the Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup after scoring a 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 16-25, 25-17) victory over Brazil at Roberto Clemente Coliseum on Saturday.

The home team relied on a balanced offence led by Victor Rivera who finished the night with 14 points. Enrique Escalante, Roberto Muñiz and Jose Rivera contributed 13, 12 and 11 tallies respectively in the winning effort. Mauricio Silva was the only Brazilian scoring in double digits with 13 points.

“We played more relaxed than last night and executed the faster game that we have been working lately,” Puerto Rico’s Captain Victor Rivera said. “The game of this Brazilian team is not as fast as is their first squad so we took advantage with our quick tempo.”

“Our serves worked well and accurate,” Argentinean coach of Puerto Rico Carlos Cardona added. “The fast game was a key and allows us to reach a podium position.”

Brazilian coach Rubinho Leonaldo said: “Puerto Rico has played very well and their serves put pressure on us. The tournament has been good for our young players who have had the chance to play against teams and players of experience.”

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