Puerto Rico with positive record at home
Rico, July 27, 2014 – Puerto Rico finished the first weekend of
the intercontinental round of the FIVB World Grand Prix with a
positive 2-1 result following an impressive 3-0 victory over
Cuba on Sunday.
In Lima, Peru, Canada
lost to a stronger Belgium side in straight set while hosts
Mexico lost to Bulgaria in Mexico City.
Cuba and Canada, the
two NORCECA countries taking part of the second group under the
new format of the annual competition, remained winless after
Playing in the
development third group of eight teams, Mexico finished the
opening weekend with a 1-2 win-loss record.
Puerto Rico 3, Cuba 0
Puerto Rico completed
its best performance in pools stage in the history of the World
Grand Prix, beating Cuba 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25 -17) in the last
match at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum to finish in second place
in Pool K. Two
Puerto Rican players scored in double figures, Karina Ocasio
with 18 points, Alexandra Oquendo with 11. Young Cuban Melissa
Vargas led her team with 12 points. Puerto Rico and Cuba travel
to Trujillo, Peru to face Peru and Poland in Pool M on the
second week of the World Grand Prix.
Belgium 3, Canada 0
passed Canada in straight sets (25-13, 25-19, 28-26) in Sunday’s
match. Belgium achieved its second victory in World Grand Prix
play, and Canada is winless so far. Charlotte Leys was top
scorer for Belgium with 14 points; Jaimie Thibeault scored six
points for Canada. It was an exciting finish as Canada fought to
survive in the third, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a more
organized Belgium squad. Canada now goes to Belgium and
Argentina to continue the intercontinental round of Group 2,
along with seven other countries.
Bulgaria 3, Mexico 1
Bulgaria scored a
strong victory over hosts Mexico 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 23-25,
25-21). Bulgaria finished the first weekend with a perfect 3-0
win-loss record while Mexico concluded with a 1-2 mark. The
winners held a huge advantage in the blocking category 16-5
while Mexico topped in serves 4-3. Gabriela Tsvetanova led
Bulgaria’s offense with a match-high, 24 points, including 6 in
blocks and one ace. Nasya Dimitrova had 16 points while
Viktoriya Grigorova and Slavina Koleva contributed 15 and 13
points, respectively. Mexico’s Lizbeth Sainz finished with 18
points and Zaira Orellana added 13 points.