Puerto Rico wins NORCECA Bronze over Canada



MORELIA, Mexico, October 2, 2015.- Puerto Rico defeated Canada 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17) to win the  bronze medal of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship on Friday at Bicentenario Auditorium of Morelia, Michoacan.


Puerto Rico outnumbered Canada in every skill; they held a 54-35 margin in kills, a 10-8 advantage in blocking and 6-1 in aces. Puerto Rico committed more errors than Canada (37-28).


Canada began tough on blocking and took the lead winning the first set. Puerto Rico recovered well as their spikers powered up and held a good lead which Canada kept closer in the third set, where they suffered the loss of Middle Blocker Jaimie Thilbeault. Puerto Rico sealed the match with a comfortable lead.


Yarimar Rosa of Puerto Rico said “we are definitely glad with the bronze medal; in this tournament we are sending the message that we will battle hard for the Olympic ticket in January”.


Canada´s captain Brittney Page said “it was disruptive to lose Jaimie but we have enough team to continue executing well. In the first set we did basic volleyball, receiving, passing and scoring; even with the loss Canada gave a big step from our previous performance in Pan-Am Games and past Norceca tournaments, the team is stronger”.


Coach Juan Carlos Nuñez of Puerto Rico said “I am really excited, I was away from the national team for seven years and this achievement is really important for me as a coach and for Puerto Rico, it was a challenge. Congratulations to Canada, they are a solid team”.


“I was hoping for a little bit more, our receiving and passing were off, we didn’t played as good as we did in the previous matches. Achieving our minimum goal of qualifying to the Final Four is a big step in the right direction” said coach Arnd Ludwig.