Puerto Rico scores 21 aces in victory over Jamaica
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 13, 2017 – Puerto
Rico swept Jamaica 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17) with a flurry of
strong serves in the first match of the NORCECA Final Women’s
Qualification Tournament Group A on Friday.
Stephanie Enright and Daly Santana led the parade of good
servers for Puerto Rico with 7 and 6 aces, respectively. The
winners outclassed their opponents 21-1 but the Jamaicans out
blocked Puerto Rico 6-1.
Enright, who joined setter Natalia Valentin as the only Puerto
Ricans to start in the three sets, was the leading scored with
13 points. Santana added 10 in the victory and Neira Ortiz
contributed 7 points.
Aiko Jones had 6 points as the best scorer for Jamaica.
Ricardo Chong, Coach of Jamaica: “We played against a team that
is among the top 15 in the world. They showed a strong service
game and good defense which created problems in the first two
sets. In the third set we reduced the mistakes and y team played
more relaxed, but we need to continue working and learning.”
Tahiela Bishop, Captain of Jamaica: “We have to take these
matches against teams like Puerto Rico to learn and improve our
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “I am not satisfied about
how we closed the match. I think we didn’t have energy and the
players who are supposed to provide didn’t do it. I think the
nervousness affected the girls in the third set after dominating
comfortably the two first frames. We need to improve those
details in order to maintain the option of achieving our
objective without complications.”
Natalia Valentín, Captain of Puerto Rico: “we played hard the
whole match without disrespecting the opponent. This tournament
has an extra for our team due to the situation going on in our
country. We have to plat with heart and soul. We played well but
will continue doing the adjustments to win the event.”