CALI, Colombia, December 1, 2021.- Brazil opened
the Women’s Volleyball Tournament of the I
Junior Pan American Games over Puerto Rico
3-1(25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15) at the
Evangelista Mora Coliseum.
Puerto Rico pressed Brazil leading the third
set, but came out stronger giving little
opportunities for any surprises.
Brazil earned their first win in pool B with
superior blocking by a 14-8, they also held
advantage in attacks 52-40 and a slim 4-3 in
serves, but committing more errors than Puerto
Outside hitter Mayara Barcelos da Silva scored a
match-high of 22 points in Brazil’s victory,
joined by opposite hitter Lorrayna Da Silva with
15 points and middle blocker Diana Duarte with
Puerto Rico’s leading scorers were outside
hitter and captain Ivania Ortiz with 17 points
all on kills and outside hitter Valeria Flores
with 10 points also on kills.
On day two of competition, Brazil will face Peru
and Puerto Rico plays Dominican Republic.
Jackeline Moreno, captain of Brazil:
“It was our first match and as every debut we
were really nervous, that made us commit too
many errors and not make the right choices.
Kudos to Puerto Rico, they played really well.
But we made our debut with a victory and we are
Ivania Ortiz, captain of Puerto Rico:
“In the set we won, we tried to commit fewer
errors and play smart because Brazil is taller
than us; I believe our intelligence in offense
kept us ahead”.