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Puerto Rican Gabriel García sets new scoring record


SANTO DOMINGO,  Dominican Republic, March 23, 2017 – Gabriel Garcia became the first ever male player to reach the 40-point plateau in a NORCECA or Pan American volleyball tournament after amassing 43 points in the five-set victory of Puerto Rico over Colombia at the U19 Boys’ Pan American Cup on Tuesday.


NORCECA Press Director, Roosevelt Comarazamy, made the announcement in Santo Domingo and explained that Trinidadian Channon Thompson had achieved the feat seven years ago at a Girls’ event in Guatemala.


García, who turned 18 in January, is an opposite just short of being two meters tall at 1.98 who could develop into the next Puerto Rican scoring machine after the retirement of Hector “Picky” Soto.


En route to his herculean feat, the powerful attacker landed 41 of his 67 killing attempts (61.19 percent). He added one ace and one block to round up his 43 tallies.


Garcia, who is expected to join California Baptist in the NCAA, is the best scorer (57 points in two matches) and best spiker (60.71) at the conclusion of the preliminary round.


The Puerto Rican joins Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago as the only players in the history of NORCECA or Pan American volleyball competition to ever reach the 40-point mark.


Thompson achieved the feat at the U18 NORCECA Girls’ Championship of 2010 held in Guatemala City in a loss to Costa Rica.