Second victory for Puerto Rico in Pool B


GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, April 30, 2013. –Puerto Rico grabbed their second victory in Pool B, defeating Chile by 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) at the U-18 Girls Pan American Cup in Guatemala.


Puerto Ricans were determined to win and defeated Chile in a match that lasted 1 hour 25 minutes, with better blocking (8-4), attacks (47-37) and service points (6-3). Puerto Rico improves to a 2-0 win-loss mark and will determine if they get the last ticket to Thailand with one more victory.


With double digits, Genesis Miranda (17), Julymar Otero (15) and Patricia Montero (12) dominated Puerto Rico’s offensive line. Catalina Melo topped Chile with 23 points.


“We were always focused, concentrated and with good attitude, we played strong against a resilient opponent” indicated Wilmarie Rivera, Puerto Rico’s captain.


Catalina Melo congratulated Puerto Rico “it was a hard match and our team lacked firmness, Puerto Rico played very strong, and we still have tomorrow”.


“This is a rewarding victory and I’m sure all teams in Pool B came with their minds set on the World Championship. Things today turned out as planned from start to finish, with a fast rallies and most of all being calm” indicated Juan Carlos Rodriguez coach of Puerto Rico.


“Puerto Rico did a wonderful job, they are technically more capable than us and I believe this made the difference even if we never gave up” said Hugo Jauregui, Argentinian coach for Chile.