Puerto Rico guns down Argentina
CAÑETE, Peru, June 20, 2017 - Puerto Rico scored a major
surprise by defeating Argentina 3-1 (15-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21)
in Pool A of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by
Movistar at Lolo Fernandez Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Both teams are tied in second place with 3-1 behind United
States (4-0, 18 points) with Puerto Rico one notch higher 16-15
in points. Argentina meets the United States on Wednesday while
Puerto Rico faces Venezuela.
Daly Santana was again the top offensive player for Puerto Rico
with 19 points, including three blocks and one ace, while
Shirley Ferrer added 15 in the victory.
Paula Nizetich and Emilce Sosa were the best Argentinean with 15
and 12 points, respectively. Elina Rodriguez and Natalia
Aispurua had 11 and 10 for the losers.
Natalia Valentin, Captain of Puerto Rico: “Today at the
beginning we were a little bit cold but the pride of
representing your country comes out when you are down. We knew
that was not our kind of game so we caught the rhythm and
several players who came in did a good job. The important thing
is we made a team effort.”
Yamila Nizetich, player of Argentina: “We failed a lot with our
attacks and the blocking did not function and they started
pressing with the serves and that was the key for their victory.
Now we have to keep our heads up and correct the mistakes as we
face one tough opponent like USA, but we can play and win
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “Our first set was a
disaster but then we made some substitutions with Shirley Ferrer
coming in to provide consistency on the right side attack. The
other changes gave more energy to our offense and we pressed
with our serves activating the blocking for more chances of
Guillermo Orduna, Coach of Argentina: “We couldn’t keep the
concentration of the first set. Puerto Rico reacted, started to
defend and they closed the rallies. We need to improve that
tomorrow because United States have similar characteristics.”