Puerto Rico advances into fifth CACG title match in a row
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, August 1, 2018. - Puerto Rico advanced
into their fifth title match in a row, after beating Mexico 3-1
(27-29, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22) in the men's volleyball semifinals
of the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American and Caribbean
Games at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Puerto Rico has won the Central American and Caribbean gold on
six occasions of the total of eight title matches in the history
of the event; this is their fifth title match in a row since
Puerto Rico’s recovery after losing a neck to neck first set was
remarkable, improving on back to back three remaining sets. It
seemed that Mexico would win the second set but Puerto Rico’s
rhythm and velocity went only to improve.
Puerto Rico led in spikes 65-50 and aces 3-0, but Mexico held a
12-10 advantage in blocks. Puerto Rico allowed 27 points on
errors and scored on 24 opponent errors.
Wing spiker Sequiel Sanchez and opposite player Maurice Torres
carried Puerto Rico into the title match with 25 and 24 points
respectively. Sanchez scored on 22 kills and 3 blocks, while
Torres pushed on 21 kills and 3 aces. Opposite Daniel Vargas of
Mexico scored 22 points on 18 kills and 4 blocks and wing spiker
Jorge Barajas registered 11 points.
Angel Pérez captain of Puerto Rico spoke about their rivalry
with Mexico in every sport “historically we have always played
strong duels in every discipline. Today was also a great battle
and we are glad to have won. Our success was to remain calm, we
were a little desperate in the second set, but we recovered well
and limited our amount of errors. I am glad to continue
representing my country with these young players”.
Head coach of Puerto Rico Oswald Antonetti explained why Puerto
won “we have a profound love for this competition. Volleyball is
very important sport in our country, with structure in our
junior categories, where there are many talented players. These
14 players are balanced and on the same page, they are prepared
for battle and in every move there is maturity. It’s my first
experience coaching this group and it’s a sublime moment for mi,
we are very happy”.
Jorge Barajas of Mexico said “we knew Puerto Rico is a team with
great level, we went out to surprise but they performed very
calm, I believe we were a bit desperate and that made the
difference. For moments it was a good struggle and both teams
had good attitude; we were off guard and we needed to take risks
with our serves, we were determined and we failed. Our minds are
set in winning a medal”.