Puerto Rico secures a spot in quarterfinals

DURANGO, Mexico, August 20, 2021. - Puerto Rico secured a spot in the quarterfinal round after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-18) at the Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Durango, Mexico.

Puerto Rico resumed pool A with 2-1 record; they await the result between Mexico and Canada to know if they finish in second or third position. Trinidad and Tobago 0-3 will play placing matches for 5-8 positions.

With a 48-23 margin in attacks, 4-1 in blocks and 5-2 in serves, Puerto Rico had no setbacks in defeating Trinidad and Tobago who committed fewer errors (18-25) than the winning side.

Outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas topped Puerto Rico’s scorers with 11 points all on kills, opposite Gabriel García, who only played the first two sets, contributed with 10 points on 8 kills, one block and one ace. Trinidad and Tobago was led by Daynte Stewart with a match-high of 14 points.

Arturo Iglesias, Captain of Puerto Rico: “We are glad to finish the first phase of the tournament with a victory, yesterday was really complicated and a lot of things happened to us. We still have to improve in consistency, our serves and limit our unforced errors, excited to know who we’re going to play against in the next phase”.

Oswald Antonetti, Coach of Puerto Rico: “Once we held some advantage the team loosened, yesterday was an emotional and complicated performance for us but we grew as a group, which is what we’re looking for in a competition. We are optimistic for the next round; these guys are a great group”.

Ryan Stewart, Captain of Trinidad and Tobago: “We came out here to do the best. We’re finishing the preliminary round getting better as a team with each performance; we were more into the game and now we only need to be consistent in every aspect of the game”.