Puerto Rico finishes with 8 wins and third place
KOSZALIN, Poland, August 16, 2014 – Puerto Rico completed their
campaign in this year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
recording a 3-0 victory (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) in the third place
match with Poland in Group 2.
Though they failed to claim the highly coveted ticket to the
Final Six coming up next week in Tokyo, Puerto Rico could be
happy with their overall performance in 2014 with a final record
of eight victories in eleven matches.
Puerto Rico’s superstar Karina
Ocasio scored another 17 points thereby moving her personal
tally in the competition up to 212 points.
United States narrowly defeated Thailand in five sets (25-19,
19-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-10) on Saturday.
Foluke Akinradewo led the USA with 25 points consisting of 14
kills, nine blocks and two ace serves. Onuma Sittirak had 20
points for Thailand.
Defending champions and world No.1 Brazil used substitutes to
power past Dominican Republic in comfortable straight sets
(25-19 25-11 29-27).
Gabriela Braga Guimaraes led Brazil with 18 points, while
Bethania De La Cruz scored 14 points for Dominican Republic
Confident of beating the lower-ranked Dominicans with ease, the
invincible Brazil, the only team which has yet to lose a match
to their respective rivals in the 2014 World Grand Prix, fielded
mostly reserve players, with only fast attacker Fabiana Claudino
strengthening the team.