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Puerto Rico outperforms Mexico in first match of Women’s Challenger

CHATEAUGUAY, Canada - May 31, 2013 - Puerto Rico scored a decisive 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-15) win in the opener of the Women’s Challenge Cup, a tournament that is part of the qualification process for next year’s women’s Volleyball Nations League.

More than 1500 fans at the Sportplex in Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada, got their first taste of international volleyball with today’s match.

Puerto Rico’s Pilar Marie Victoria was match top scorer with 12 points; followed by Paulina Prieto Cerame with 11.  Mexico’s Lizbeth Sainz and Fernanda Bañuelos had eight points each for the losing side.

Head coach Jose Mieles of Puerto Rico commented: “Of course we are very happy to start with a victory in the first game of the tournament, which is also the first game of the season for us.  I think our block was very good, and our intensity was very good and to be able to solve the situations in the match effectively was good, too.”

 

Captain #3 Sashiko Sanay of Mexico said: “We didn’t connect with each other; we didn’t serve well or pass well. We started slow and we wanted to have a good finish, but in the end it was too complicated because they were already ahead of us.  I am not happy, but this is our first match as a team, and we are still trying to connect and come together as players.  We need to be prepared for tomorrow because it’s not going to be that easy (against Canada).”

 

Tomorrow Canada plays Mexico at 6pm Eastern on Saturday and the tournament concludes with the host country facing Puerto Rico at 2 pm Eastern time, both matches are featured on NORCECA TV.