Brazil outplays Puerto Rico in five sets



TORONTO, Canada, July 16, 2015 – Defending champions Brazil overcame a battling Puerto Rico 3-2 (23-25, 28-26, 25-17, 24-26, 15-10) in the first contest of the women’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games at Exhibition Centre on Thursday.


Adenizia Silva had 20 points, including a match-high six blocks, to lead the winners. Jaqueline Carvalho and Fernanda Rodrigues contributed 16 and 14, respectively, while Rosemarie Montibeller chipped in with 10 points in the victory.


Stefanie Enright led all the scorers in the match with 21 points in the losing effort. Aurea Cruz was next with 16 while siblings Karina and Sheila Ocasio finished with 12 and 9 points, respectively.


Brazil outblocked their opponents 15-11 and made fewer unforced errors 32-42.


Ze Roberto, Coach of Brazil: ““The Pan American Games are like one mini Olympic Games.  Obviously there are more teams competing at the Olympics but the atmosphere is similar here. You have to prepare a lot. Puerto Rico played very well, a very demanding team. We have to focus and concentrate more. We aspire to get into the final phase, but you have seen that this is not easy. There is a lot of work to do here, to analyze and you don’t sleep as much as you want, because you have to study your rivals.”


 Jose Mieles, coach of Puerto Rico: “I am satisfied about reaching a fifth set against Brazil but a little bit disappointed about the result. Our players gave their best and we got two important points.”


Jaqueline Pereira, player of Brazil: “Puerto Rico started playing very tough. We have very young team. The girls felt a little bit nervous at the beginning. We didn’t have a lot of time practicing together, just a couple of times before the Pan Am Games. However in the end we could win. It doesn’t matter if it was 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2, but we could do it. A victory is always important, even more to begin with one”.


Stephanie Enright, player of Puerto Rico: “We have worked hard for this tournament. We wanted the result and didn’t fall in that fourth set that was good for us to get into the fifth. However we could not achieve the victory. I felt good about scoring those two points. We come from a very long summer training hard in high level tournaments and playing against Brazil is always a good parameter to measure your skills as a player and as preparation for the upcoming tournaments.”