Puerto Rico takes fifth place in dramatic tie-break over Peru
LIMA, Peru, August 10, 2019. - Puerto Rico took fifth place of
the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in dramatic tie-break 3-2
(22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 15-13) over host Peru at the
Multisport Complex El Callao of Lima, Peru.
Peru’s strong efforts recovering from a seven point deficit
(4-11) in the first set and their tough advantage (10-5) in the
fourth set extending to an overtime were cut off short from a
calm and controlled Puerto Rico that stood up to the crowd’s
pressure the entire game.
Puerto Rico held advantage only in service points (6-3) and
scored on 36 opponent errors against 31. Peru led in kills
52-49 and in blocks 15-11.
Outside hitter Aury Cruz scored 18 points including 17 kills as
Puerto Rico’s leading attack, along with Stephanie Enright with
16 points and Paulina Prieto with 13 points. Karla Ortiz of Peru
scored a match-high of 21 points on 17 kills and 4 big blocks,
while Angela Leyva and Maguilaura Frias added 18 and 11 points
Natalia Valentin, captain of Puerto Rico: “I am really glad, we
showed character. It was physical game and we played with heart
for the victory”.
José Mieles, Head coach of Puerto Rico: “I am happy with the
victory with mixed feelings because we wanted to play the medals
round. We are finishing strong, in fifth place and now we must
rest before we start to prepare for the Norceca Championship and
the pre-Olympic of our zone”.
Francisco Hervas, Head coach of Peru: “We could have won; we
could have finished in a better position. We must continue
gaining more experience and we are on that track”.