Natalia Valentín proud about winning French Cup
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 5, 2019 - The setter and captain of
the national team, Natalia Valentin said to be feeling super
proud after winning on the afternoon of Sunday the French Cup
with her club St. Raphael, her second trophy in the European
The St. Raphael club won its first French Cup by defeating
Nantes (20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-10). St. Raphael is seventh in
the standings of the Pro A of France with 28 points (8-10),
three points above the ninth place occupied by the Paris St.
Cloud with only four dates to close the regular season.
"I am extremely proud and happy to have obtained another victory
in my career. There are no words to describe the effort and
desire that were shown in both parties. And more for the
difficult time in which our team is going through with only 9
players in healthy conditions. We demonstrated that no matter
the circumstances, the unity of a team is a key to achieving any
goal,"explained Valentin via the social network, WhatsApp from
On the expectations at the end of the season, the star setter
said, "The reality is that the French Cup is quite different to
the league as the playoffs (the league) are series and the cup
is just one game. But without a doubt this championship gives us
the confidence, the motivation and the desire to look for more
in what we have left in the season".
Valentin won his second title in Europe as in 20016 she won the
Azerbaijani league with Azerail Baku. Only two other Puerto
Ricans have lifted the Scudetto (championship) in Europe as Aury
Cruz won three titles with the Rabita Baku of Azerbaijan and
Daly Santana in 2017 in France with the Mulhouse.
Three other Puerto Ricans are active in the Pro A series of
France. They are Raymariely Santos (Mulhouse), Shirley Ferrer (Vandevour
Nancy) and Pilar Marie Victoriá (Beziers). At the moment all the
representation in France would be advancing to the postseason
with their respective clubs.