Puerto Rico Announces Men’s Team to World Championship

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, September 6, 2018 – Puerto Rican coach Oswald “Ossie” Antonetti has confirmed the 14 players that will participate in the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship set to start in Varna, Bulgaria on September 12.

Antonetti will be using 12 of the 14 players that were active in the XIII Pan American Cup held in Mexico where the squad qualified to the Pan American Games of Lima in 2019.

The team will be composed by setters Angel Perez and Eduardo Goas, wing spikers Pablo Guzmán, Eddie Rivera and Sequiel Sánchez, middle blockers Jessie Colón, Jonathan Rodríguez, Pedro Nieves and Pedro Sierra, the opposite hitters Maurice Torres, Ezequiel Cruz and Juan Vázquez, and liberos Arnel Cabrera and Dennis del Valle.

Antonetti will be accompanied by assistant coaches Manuel “Wito” Acevedo, Jamille Torres, the statistician Luis Ruiz Molini and therapist Wilfredo Nazario.

Puerto Rico will play in Pool D in Varna starting off against Iran, Poland and Bulgaria on September 12-14. Then they will meet Finland and Cuba on September 16-17.

The top four teams of each pool advance to the second round. The FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship will be played simultaneously in Italy and Bulgaria until September 30.