Puerto Rico defeats Uruguay in U20 Pan Am debut
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 9, 2017.- Puerto Rico defeated Uruguay
in their U20 Women’s Pan American Cup debut by 3-0 (25-16,
25-19, 25-14) score at Gimnasio Nacional of San Jose, Costa
Puerto Rico displayed a strong performance in Pool B prevailing
over Uruguay who the previews day had defeated Costa Rica. The
Caribbean team capitalized on Uruguay’s 35 errors, dominating
the actions and upholding a comfortable margin in scores
especially in set three.
Once again, Camila Bausero of Uruguay led all scorers with 17
points, not enough to detain Puerto Rico’s 28-25 advantage in
spikes, 5-3 in blocking and 7-2 in service points. Puerto Rico
limited their errors to 19 points. Puerto Rico’s top scorer was
Dariana Hollingsworth with 9 points.
On Wednesday, Puerto Rico (1-0) will face Costa Rica (0-1) ;
meanwhile Uruguay finishes pool-play with 1-1 win-loss record.
Dariana Hollingsworth, Puerto Rico’s captain:
“We were able to follow instructions to finish on top. We played
comfortably, we dominated the whole match. My team hopes to win
Florencia Tucuna, Uruguay’s middle blocker: “The
team lacked concentration, we had too many ups and downs; I
believe we could have done things better, we played with energy
and defended well, but we had no connection with our setters”.
Julio Melendez, Puerto Rico’s Head Coach:
“Thank God there were no injured on any side. We studied Uruguay
pretty well; our players received the necessary instructions to
execute well. On some level we allowed Uruguay to get into the
Gerardo Peralta, Uruguay’s Head Coach:
“I consider the result is mostly because of our errors and not
Puerto Rico’s merits. We performed on occasions well and in
others badly, we couldn’t take advantage in the necessary
moments. Puerto Rico plays very high over the net and if the
reception doesn’t reach the setter, it’s too hard to perform. We
must work on having more regularity”.