Puerto Rico to meet Cuba in semifinals
TIJUANA, Mexico, May 2, 2012 – Puerto Rico advanced to a
semifinal match against Cuba in the NORCECA Women’s Olympic
Qualification Tournament after outclassing Costa Rica in
straight sets (25-12. 25-12, 25-9) on Wednesday at Tijuana
Puerto Rico’s Coach David Aleman used all his players with the
exception of middle blocker Jetzabel Del Valle en route to the
easy victory in exactly one hour.
The gap between the two teams was especially wide in the aces
department with the winners scoring 13 aces against only 3 by
the losers. Puerto Rico also out- blocked the opponents 8-4.
Sarai Alvarez and Yarimar Rosa were the two best scorers of the
winners with 15 and 11 points respectively. Stephanie Enright
and Shanon Torregrosa each contributed 8 points.
“It is really refreshing to be on the winning track again after
last night loss,” Puerto Rico’s Vilmarie Mojica said. “It was a
team work and now we have to work on reducing the errors in our
“Their serves were strong and well located and we couldn’t find
the way to make the adjustments,” Costa Rica’s Verania Willis
“I am satisfied with our serves today and I think that will be a
key in our next match,” Aleman said.
“They improved the level with the match and it was very
difficult for us,” Costa Rica’s Coach Xavier Perales said. “Now
we must thing in the next phase for our team and to see who’s
going to be the next rival.”