Puerto Rico wins ticket to Semifinals defeating Colombia
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 30, 2018.- Puerto Rico won their
ticket to semifinals defeating Colombia 3-0 (25-17, 26-24,
25-20) for pool B first position at the men’s volleyball
tournament of the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American and
Caribbean Games at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Puerto Rico amazingly recovered from a 22-24 deficit, taking set
two from the home team’s hands and that struggled to keep their
powerful scoring streak.
Puerto Rico topped pool B with undefeated 3-0 record and
Colombia will play quarterfinals against Venezuela.
Puerto Rico’s huge 10-0 advantage in blocking stopped Colombia’s
41-34 margin in kills. Puerto Rico also led 6-4 in aces and
scored on 26 opponent errors, committing 16.
Opposite player Maurice Torres led Puerto Rico’s offense scoring
22 points on 16 kills, 2 blocks and 4 aces; wing spiker Sequiel
Sanchez added 10 points to the winning cause. Liberman Agamez of
Colombia scored 17 points including 16 kills.
Puerto Rico’s captain Angel Pérez was very excited “it was a
good battle; we knew Colombia would come out stronger in the
second set after losing the first. We lost our rhythm a bit in
the second, I believe we were over confident, but three persons
did an exceptional job blocking and Pablo Guzman, who’s serves
in the end helped us win. A great defense from our libero who
came off the bench was our weapon, the consistency and team
effort; anyone can come out and do a great job at any moment.
Thank God we are in semifinals, we can rest tomorrow. As you
know we are coming from playing our national league, we are
smashed, but we are here to give it all for our country, we just
have to wait for our opponent and do a good job”.
Oswald Antonetti head coach of Puerto Rico said “our mojo is
basically one day is one play, we respect the play. Tactically
we had our ideas straight and I believe emotionally we had a
cold head. For me, they have the best player in the tournament,
Liberman is clearly a player with presence, and he has Colombia
on his shoulders”. About their possible opponent, “the other
group is the death group, they are all contenders for the title
and my worry is on our side of the court”.
Juan Ambuila, captain of Colombia spoke about the second set “we
were really focused, we worked hard by serving well first which
we failed at in the first set, sadly we lost that set and from
there the game. Tomorrow we will also do our best, we will
improve our attitude and serves, we are going out to win”.
Coach of Colombia Eliseo Ramos considered their imprecision in
passing made things rough “our setter did wrong, he should have
had cold head and distribute the ball, and we had two failed
passes and the second set got complicated. We have powerful
spikers but our setters are are failing, limiting them. Puerto
Rico performs well as a group, they execute complex one very
well because they are effective receiving”.