United States claim Bronze Medal against Puerto Rico
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, August 3, 2014 – United States
defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 ( 26-24, 25-19, 27-25) in the match for
the bronze medal of the NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental
United States and Puerto Rico engaged in a great battle with the
difference the best blocking of the Americans who led 13-6 and
also in kills 34-30. Puerto Rico topped in aces 5-2. The winners
also scored 29 points on Puerto Rico’s errors while committing
Puerto Rico had the opportunity to win the first set, but the
United States’ blocking was strong with Kevin Rakestraw and
Benjamin Plaisted at the net.
Storm Faagata-Tufuga led Estados Unidos in scoring with 13
points, 9 on kills and 4 blocks. Benjamin Plaisted added 12
points, on 9 attacks and 3 blocks. Jon Rivera led the scorers of
Puerto Rico with 13 points.
Daniel Friend, United States’ Coach: “The boys grew up a lot.
They only had 20 days together. We got hurt by injuries and one
player got sick so it was very difficult. The third place is a
very good for our team and our country. It gives us a lot of
Juan Avilés, Puerto Rico’s Coach: “Today we didn’t have our best
game. We made many mistakes, in serve, block and the defense was
not the best. You can’t win playing like that. We must think
about working for the next cycle.”