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Puerto Rican Hector Soto announces his retirement


GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, August 31, 2017 – Hector –Picky- Soto considered the best Puerto Rican volleyball player of all-time announced the end of his 22-year career in a ceremony held in Guaynabo attended by his wife, relatives and personalities of Puerto Rican sports.


“We are going to miss a great athlete like Picky, one stellar figure in the history of our confederation and the volleyball in his country. We wish him well in his future personal and professional plans. NORCECA always will be in debt with Picky for his contributions to our sport,” said Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA.


 Soto was the best scorer in several events, including the 2006 FIVB World Championship when he amassed 271 points and the 2007 FIVB World Cup when he topped all the scorers with 243 points.


Soto was the Most Valuable Player as Puerto Rico won three consecutive gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador 2002, Cartagena 2006 and Mayaguez 2010.


Picky made her professional debut in 1994 playing for Arroyo Buccaneers, his native town, and also dressed for four other teams. He also played in Tunisia, Japan, Italy, Belgium and Russia.