Ocasio and Santana Guide Puerto Rico over Canada
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 14, 2017 – Puerto Rico beat Canada
in the thrilling 3-2 (25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 15-13)
encounter to record their first win in four matches in Pool F2
at Roberto Clemente Coliseum on Friday.
Karina Ocasio led the charge with 21 attacks, one block and two
aces for a total of 24 markers, then Daly Santana added 22
points to fortify Puerto Rico’s five-set home-win. Elizabeth
Wendel headed the Canadian offence with 15 points.
Puerto Rico started off their 2017 World Grand Prix season with
three straight defeats, while Canada registered two wins.
However, the Puerto Ricans have extended their winning streak
over the Canadians to 3-0 in the World Grand Prix since their
3-1 win in Puerto Rico in 2015 and their 3-1 triumph in Poland
“The victory was more than ever gut and passion at the end
game,” said Puerto Rican Natalia Valentin. “We were not able to
capitalise on our basics in the third and fourth sets, but we
came out victorious. This was a necessary victory to boost the
team’s confidence. The only thing we can do is get better from
now on. As long as we serve well and have good passing, we will
win our next matches.