Brazil top Puerto Rico in Women’s Volleyball opener
LIMA, Peru, August 7, 2019. - Brazil topped Puerto Rico 3-0
(25-16, 25-16, 25-15) in the women’s volleyball opening match of
the eighteenth Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Wednesday at the
Multisport Complex El Callao.
Brazil’s sweeping opening performance kept Puerto Rico under
control to grab their first pool B victory.
Brazil led with 33-26 attacking margin, 9-4 advantage in blocks
and 5-1 in aces. Brazil scored 28 points on Puerto Rican errors,
against 16 on their side.
Lorenne Geraldo scored 13 points on 9 kills, 3 blocks and one
ace in Brazil’s victory, joined by Lana Conceicao with 9 points
on 8 kills and one ace. Puerto Rico’s leading scorer was
opposite player Paulina Prieto with 9 points on 8 kills and one
On day two of competition, Brazil (1-0) will face Argentina and
Puerto Rico (0-1) meets United States.
Macris Carneiro, captain of Brazil: “It was a match with many
ups and downs, natural in a debut, but with an important
consistency. We started with deficit and our attitude remained
high. We remained confident in our capacity to recover from any
difficulties. And this was a good result for our group’s
Natalia Valentín, captain of Puerto Rico: “This isn’t the Puerto
Rico we are used to see; nothing was going our way, in any
aspect of the game. Brazil has a strong serve and counterattack,
it’s a shame we couldn’t solve. Tomorrow is another day and we
Guimarães, Head coach of Brazil: “The group worked
well. I was worried because Puerto Rico comes from a strong
Pre-Olympic, but we were able to break their passing with
serves. Our defensive system also worked well and we were
effective in blocking-defense and counterattacking. We committed
few errors and that was from start to finish. I am happy with
José Mieles, Head coach of Puerto Rico: “It was a disaster, we
weren’t able to execute due to many factors, one of them the
time-gap from Poland; we couldn’t’ execute any skill well. We
must continue working; we have two more important matches”.