Puerto Rico edges Trinidad & Tobago in marathon match
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 9, 2018 – Puerto Rico
prevailed over Trinidad & Tobago 3-2 (30-28 25-20, 21-25, 26-28,
15-8) in a marathon match of 2 hours and 18 minutes in Pool B of
the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Monday.
Trinidad & Tobago could not close the first set after committing
several unforced errors with their attacks despite building a
24-21 lead but came back to win the third and the fourth forcing
Noami Santos and Shirley Ferrer had 20 and 15 points,
respectively, to spearhead the Puerto Rican offense while Pilar
Marie Victoria and Neira Ortiz added 11 and 10.
Krystle Esdelle led all the players in the match with 23 points
in the losing cause while Channon Thompson (19), Sinead Jack
(14) and Jalicia Ross (13) also reached double figures for
Trinidad & Tobago.
The losing team held a 22-10 advantage in the blocking category
but gave away 42 points via unforced errors to 27 by the
Natalia Valentin, Captain of Puerto Rico: Trinidad and Tobago
had a huge blocking and strong attack but we were able to get
the result. Congratulations for a great match.
Kelly Ann Billingy, Player of Trinidad & Tobago: It is the first
time we play five sets against Puerto Rico. This is a confidence
builder. Now we know that we can go out and play any team in the
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “Trinidad & Tobago deserved
the win as they played better than us. They improved their serve
and had a big wall. In the fifth set we were able to control the
emotions better than them.
Francisco Cruz, Coach of Trinidad & Tobago: I am happy with the
match against Puerto Rico because they really know how to play
the game. My players step by step are adjusting and following
the instructions. The experience of Puerto Rico was the
difference in the tie-breaker.