defeats Argentina to play for fifth place at Lima 2019
LIMA, Peru, August 9,
2019.- Puerto Rico defeated Argentina 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 26-24,
25-24) to play for fifth place at the Lima 2019 Pan American
Games being held at the Multisport Complex El Callao of Lima,
Puerto Rico finishes
third place of pool B with 1-2 record to play for fifth place of
the competition, while Argentina still advances into semifinals
as second place; both wait for their respective opponents.
Puerto Rico held a
55-48 margin in kills, a sizeable 10-5 in blocks and both teams
scored 3 points from serves. Argentina committed fewer errors
(29-32) than Puerto Rico.
Paulina Prieto of
Puerto Rico topped all scorers with 20 points on 17 kills and 3
aces; Stephanie Enright followed with 17 points and Aury Cruz
chipped in with 13 points. Lucia Fresco led Argentina with 13
points, Yamila Nizetich finished with 12 and Elina Rodriguez
with 11 points.
Nomaris Velez, libero
of Puerto Rico: “As a team we have been performing at a great
level, the results don’t make us justice. Today is a good day to
understand where we are and continue to learn, improve for
future competitions. This victory is important mentally and
José Mieles, Head
coach of Puerto Rico: “We are proud more than anything. We are
glad to have won; the team deserves it because our losses have
been tough on them”.
captain of Argentina: “We are a team that needs more energy; we
needed a bit more today and maybe we were too relaxed because we
were already qualified to the next round”.
Hernán Ferraro, Head
coach of Argentina: “Puerto Rico is a great team, they are
coming with a lot of previous games like us, but today they
showed they play well, they have great players. Our game level
was lower than our previous matches”.