Puerto Rico against Canada for a Olympic qualifier spot
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 9,
Rico’s victory over Cuba 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-18) at the
NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, sets the stage to
face Canada for a spot to January’s NORCECA Olympic
The match between Puerto Rico (2-0) and Canada (2-0) will
grant one of the three spots available for the final four
NORCECA Olympic qualifier and a direct ticket into the
tournament semifinals as pool A winner.
Cuba will face Costa Rica to determine which team moves into
quarterfinals. Cuba is not taking part in the Olympic cycle
and is not eligible to qualify to the Olympic qualifier.
Host Puerto Rico used all 14 players to improve 2-0 and
dominating Cuba mostly on serves (12-0). Puerto Rico also
led in attacks (37-23), in blocks (7-4) and committed fewer
Outside hitter Stephanie Enright scored 6 aces on her
match-high of 16 points and 10 kills. Middle blockers Diana
Reyes and Neira Ortiz added 8 and 7 points accordingly,
contributing in Puerto Rico’s victory. Outside hitter
Claudia Tarin led Cuba with 8 points all on kills.
Stephanie Enright, top scorer of Puerto Rico: “We set our
rhythm; we played at our level always against a young Cuba.
We want to beat Canada, we lost to them this summer and we
want to win the ticket to the Olympic qualifier”.
José Mieles, Head Coach of Puerto Rico: “We rotated all our
players, including Fefa (Stephanie Enright) that played two
sets and a half. The players are ready for tomorrow, the
most important match in pool-play. Our power serves
(Paulina, Stephanie y Neira) were aiming to ace and the
serves from the floor were directed and strategic, all with
the goal to attack our opponent. After a solid win like this
one, the team has a high attitude”.
Gretell Moreno, setter of Cuba: “Puerto Rico was dynamic,
their serves were well directed and we couldn’t respond;
they did what they wanted. On the contrary from us, we
couldn’t stabilize our serves, we had no effect in their
reception and our blocking was off, they had no difficulty
to receive. As always, tomorrow we will play with all we
Tomás Fernández Arteaga, Head Coach of Cuba: “Puerto Rico
took initiative easily, mostly in their offense skills.
Against players so experienced in volleyball and so
passionate like Puerto Rico, you can’t allow spaces; we gave
away serves, we didn’t take risks because we didn’t want to
commit unforced errors and they responded easily. We
practice one way and we don’t execute, there’s no
discipline, we must educate more”.