Puerto Rico advances to semifinals winning Pool A
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 8, 2018.- Puerto
Rico won Pool A defeating host Costa Rica 3-0 (25-13, 25-16,
25-12) to advance into the semifinals of the NORCECA U19 Boys’
Continental Championship that grants two tickets to next year’s
FIVB World Championship.
Puerto Rico finished pool-play with two wins
in two outings, while Costa Rica finished with 1-1 record.
Puerto Rico held a sizeable 40-12 advantage
in attacks over Costa Rica, having no difficulties to enter the
semifinals. Puerto Rico was also superior in blocking by 8-5 and
in serves 6-0. Both committed similar amount of errors, Puerto
Rico finished with 24 and Costa Rica with 21.
Opposite Sebastian Negron led Puerto Rico
with 10 points and wing spiker Wilmer Hernandez contributed with
8 points. On Costa Rica’s side, Dowshel Mc Donald scored 9
Costa Rica will face Guatemala in
quarterfinals on Saturday morning.
His team played very well, according to coach
Juan Albarran of Puerto Rico, “our strong serves prevented them
to attack by the center, which is their strength. Our game plan
was well executed and we are ready to study our next opponent,
most possibly United States”.
Captain Wilmer Hernandez of Puerto Rico was
glad but not satisfied “we haven’t reached our goal to qualify
for the world championship. My team did a good job in every
aspect of the game, our execution was almost perfect. We are
prepared to face United States in semifinals, it will be
Juan Diego Arrieta, captain of Costa Rica
said “facing opponents like Puerto Rico makes you realize that
there is a lot to work on; they were aggressive in spikes and
very intelligent. We scored some good points, but they blocked
us well”. About facing Guatemala, he indicated “we know each
other well, they are strong and it will be a tough match”.
Costa Rica’s coach Juan Acuña said “Puerto
Rico is more disciplined and they beat us tactically; their
served aggressively. We will face Guatemala in quarterfinals,
one of Central America’s toughest opponents, it will be a bit
hard, and it’s a classic in Central America”.