Puerto Rico makes successful start in Pool K
CAROLINA, Puerto Rico, July 26, 2014 – Hosts Puerto Rico beat
Argentina in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) as the FIVB
World Grand Prix Pool K got underway at Guillermo Angulo
Coliseum of Carolina on Friday.
The Puerto Ricans were the only NORCECA representative to score
a victory in the opening day of the premier annual women’s
As part of the second group of the 28-team competition, Cuba
lost to Netherlands in a lopsided match (25-11, 25-13, 25-20)
also in Pool K while Canada was fell to by host Peru 3-1 (25-21,
25-18, 25-27, 25-16) in Pook J at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of
In Pool Q of third group, hosts Mexico lost to Kenya in four
sets (25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) at Juan de la Barrera
Gymnasium of Mexico City.
Puerto Rico 3, Argentina 0
Aury Cruz, Karina Ocasio and Stephanie Enright reached double
digits in the scoring charts as Puerto Rico began its campaign
with a victory over the South American team. Cruz had 14 points
to lead the offense while Ocasio and Enright contributed 13 and
11, respectively. Sheila Ocasio added 7 points, including a
match-high four blocks. Lucia Fresco and Josefina Fernandez
each had 8 points in the losing cause.
Netherlands 3, Cuba 0
The Dutch side overwhelmed the Caribbean side with advantages in
attacks (34-28), blocks (10-2) and aces (6-1). The winners gave
away 12 points in unforced errors to 25 by the defeated side.
Judith Pietersen led the winners with 14 points, including one
block and two aces, while Anne Buijs tallied 12, including two
blocks. Melissa Vargas led Cuba with 12 points and Sulian
Matienzo added 8 in the loss.
Peru 3, Canada 1
Angela Leyva led four Peruvians in double digits as the home
side won over the North American side. Leyva had 16 points in
the victory and was joined by Carla Rueda (13), and Maguilaura
Frias and Andrea Urrutia each with 12 points as big contributors
in the offense. Lucille Charuk topped Canada with 12 points
while Marisa Field, Kyla Richey and Brittney Page finished with
10 points apiece. Canada held the advantage in blocks (14-8) and
Peru topped in aces (12-4). The big difference was in the
unforced errors with Canada totaling 34 to 14 by Peru.
Kenya 3, Mexico 1
In a match between newcomers to the World Grand Prix, the
Africans finished with the top hand as Mercy Molm led the way
with a match-high 22 points. Brackcides Khadambi and Lydia Malyo
each had 12 points and Everlyne Makuto chipped in with 9 points.
Claudia Rios was the best for Mexico with 15 points while
Lizbeth Sainz and Zaira Orellana added 14 and 11 points,