Four years ago Puerto Ricans made history


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 23, 2020 –Four years ago Puerto Rican volleyball lived historic days as the women’s national team achieved the feat of qualifying for the first time to the Olympic Games.


The mythical Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan was the site for the three-day qualifying event that gathered the national teams of Algeria, Kenya, Colombia and Puerto Rico vying for a ticket to Rio 2016.


The facility located in Hato Rey was sold out for all three days with the local volleyball and sport fans supporting the 14 athletes who represented the home side.


Puerto Rico defeated Algeria (25-19, 25-11, 25-12), Colombia (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) and Kenya (25-8, 25-23, 25-15).


The 14 players who were part of the epic feat were: Aury Cruz, Karina Ocasio, Yarimar Rosa, Stephanie Enright, Lynda Morales, Daly Santana, Alexandra Oquendo, Vilmarie Mojica, Debora Seilhamer, Shara Venegas, Diana Reyes, Shirley Ferrer, Natalia Valentín and Paulina Prieto. Juan Carlos Núñez was the coach.