Modena, Italy, September 26, 2010 – Puerto Rico claimed their second victory in as many days in Pool C of the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship with a straight-sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) success over Cameroon, who dropped to a 0-2 win-loss record on Sunday in Modena.
Hector Soto contributed 22 points to the Puerto Rican win with Victor Rivera adding 10. Jean Patrice Ndaki Mboulet compiled a match-high 24 for Cameroon and Nathan Wounembaina contributed 11.
Cameroon featured Olivier Nongny Mefani, otherwise known as 'Zonzon', as middle blocker in their starting six and David Feughouo as spiker, with Ndaki Mboulet moved to the role of opposite. Puerto Rico coach Cardona opted for the same starting six that faced Australia.
Puerto Rico gained an early advantage at 12-8. Mboulet tried to reduce the gap with some good plays but with Soto in strong shape and with Cameroon making mistakes they closed the set.
Cameroon started the second set on the front foot taking the lead at 6-4. It was Mboulet leading the charge, landing a number of winning kills. With the contest finely balanced, Soto tried to help his side take the lead but it was Cameroon who reached the Second Technical Timeout (STT) in front at 16-15. However, Puerto Rico made their experience tell and tied up the score at 18-18. Ndongo's block put the West Africans ahead but Rivera then attacked two perfect balls and Puerto Rico scored the decisive break-point and prevailed 25-23.
In the third set, Puerto Rico setter Fernando Morales kept all his players involved in the action, thanks particularly to his high setting asCameroon's blocking couldn't control the pressure. Mboulet urged his team-mates on, attacking from both the first and second line, and Cameroon narrowed the deficit to 15-13. But the Puerto Ricans duly stepped up their serving and blocking and went 19-14 in front. Although Cameroon coach Peter Nonnenbroich made a switch, opting for Sem Dolegombai as middle blocker and Maliki Moussa as spiker, Puerto Rico were on the winning path and Enrique Escalante’s attack secured the set and the win.
Puerto Rico's victory ensured their passage to the next phase, while Cameroon must now win tomorrow's match against Australia to continue their adventure in Italy.