Puerto Rican Soto switches to beach volleyball
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 2, 2013 – Hector “Picky” Soto is
switching to beach volleyball after a brilliant volleyball
career representing Puerto Rico and playing in several
Soto informed about his decision during a meeting of the Puerto
Rico men’s training team held at University of Rio Piedras on
“The time has come for me to pursue other alternatives and new
things that can create new motivations,” Soto said. “That’s why
I will be training with our national beach volleyball players.”
The 34-year-old Soto, who played for the national squad since
1997, recently helped Capitanes de Arecibo to the title in the
Puerto Rican Men’s Volleyball Superior League.
Soto said that playing on the sand represents a new challenge
and also offers him more time to spend with his family.
It has not been confirmed yet the partner and the first
tournament for Soto to play in. The first NORCECA event is
scheduled in Cayman Islands from March 21-26.
During his time with the men’s national team, Puerto Rico won
the gold medal at three Central American and Caribbean Games and
took part in two FIVB World Championships and one FIVB World Cup.
Soto, the top scorer of both the 2006 FIVB World Championship
and the 2007 FIVB World Cup, played professional volleyball in
the leagues of Tunisia, Japan, Russia, Belgium, Italy and Puerto