Second victory of Puerto Rico in Qualifier to Lima
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 5, 2019 - Puerto Rico needed just
60 minutes to achieve its second triumph in the Pan American
Games Qualifying Tournament, after defeating Guatemala 3-0.
The second triumph of the host side at the Roberto Clemente
Coliseum came up by scores of 25-8, 25-11, 25-6.
Puerto Rico, which used all of its personnel on the field, had a
solid control against the Central Americans. In attack they
dominated 37-7, 11-0 in blocking and 13-1 in direct services.
"I am happy because I could rotate different players and see
some that are new in the program, worked different areas of the
game and prepared for tomorrow's game with the goal of achieving
the classification to the Pan American Games," said José Mieles,
coach of the national team of Puerto Rico.
For the coach of Guatemala, David Aldana the speed and strength
demonstrated the superiority of his opponent, "They were faster
and stronger. Also their stature makes them superior. Puerto
Rico was stronger today than in its previous game."
Puerto Rico had center Diana Reyes as their best scorer with 12
points, Legna Hernandez with eight and Wilmarie Rivera with
seven. For Guatemala, Paola Alvarado scored three points.
Puerto Rico closes the qualifier tomorrow Sunday January 6 at
3:30 PM against Trinidad & Tobago. With a triumph of the
national team secures its classification in the Pan American
Games, Lima 2019.