Puerto Rico wins battle against Colombia
CHICLAYO, Peru, July 07 2019 - The Puerto Rico National Team
battled hard to prevail 3-1 (25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20) against
Colombia in its debut in the XVIII Pan American Cup, while
Colombia lost for the second time.
Stephanie Enright, of Puerto Rico was the best scorer with 22
points, Paulina Prieto with 21 and Ana Sofía Jusino with 15; for
Colombia, Amanda Coneo and Dayana Segovia scored 16 points.
Puerto Rico was better in attack 61-51, blocking 10-6 and
service 3-2, but the match was very balanced, with Colombia
committing 25 errors to 31 of their opponents.
Natalia Valentín, captain of Puerto Rico: "I think the team is
gearing up, it's the first game we have all together since the
summer, we went from less to more to get the victory, we are
super excited and focused on what our goals are in this
tournament and in the next two years, both the Olympic Qualifier
and the Olympics in Tokyo."
María Alejandra Marín, captain of Colombia: "It was difficult
for us to read the game, because Puerto Rico did not play on the
first day and we did allowing them to study us. Beyond that we
made mistakes that we were not committing, but we must think
about what is coming, correct what we have done wrong, because
this tournament is very long and there is revenge".
José Mieles, coach of Puerto Rico, I'm happy, start a tournament
with a victory and more when we had not been able to win in
Colombia in the last two years. I think the girls needed this
victory, so it's a good start. Sometimes they were desperate to
close the set, not go in the point to point, but I think we did
very well in the key moments of the game."
Antonio Rizola, coach of Colombia: "In the first two sets we
were ahead 2-3 points and in the details we were wrong in the
final moments of the set. This is because of the inexperience of
the team. We are suffering the injury of two players, we have
two players of 19 years and one of 17".
Puerto Rico will face Trinidad and Tobago at 4:00 p.m. this
Monday, while Colombia has rest day.