Puerto Rico concludes Pool A at 4-1
CAÑETE, Peru, June 21, 2017 – Puerto Rico stormed past Venezuela
for a 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-16) victory in Pool A of the XVI
Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Wednesday at Lolo
Fernandez Coliseum of Cañete.
The winners finished with a 4-1 win-loss record and 21 points
good enough for a spot in the quarterfinals of the competition.
Venezuela concluded with a 1-4 mark and 3 points.
Puerto Rican coach rested his two main offensive weapons –Daly
Santana and Pilar Victoria- and rotated his personnel during the
course of the match.
Shirley Ferrer was the best scorer for Puerto Rico with 17
points, while Noami Santos added 11 in the loss. Luz Delfines
was the top offensive player for Venezuela with 11 points.
Shirley Ferrer, Player of Puerto Rico: “We have a new team and
there are many facets we need to improve. Stronger teams are
coming but reducing mistakes and keeping our game rhythm things
are going to come out better.”
Luz Delfines, Player of Venezuela: “I am happy because they gave
me the chance to play the whole match and I took 100 % of the
opportunity. The competition is preparing us for the World Grand
Prix and I think Venezuela is improving little by little. We are
just warming up and we have a lot to show for.”
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “Over this first phase we
have come from less to more, the team is getting confidence and
our numbers are getting closer and closer to the goal we have
for the tournament. I know in the next phase we are going to
need more consistency in the reception to allow the flow of the
offense and to continue working in the serve, blocking and
defense which allowed us to have two good matches with United
States and Argentina.”
Ihosvanny Chambers, Coach of Venezuela: “Today we have made some
changes in the starting lineup because we want to see the
performance of all athletes in court. I think at the end of the
first phase many things have gone well and that’s the motive of
the competition, to learn as much as possible since our goal is
the World Grand Prix we will host in Venezuela.”