FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship 2014

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Puerto Rico outclass Costa Rica in straight sets


Puerto Ricans celebrate the victory over Costa Rica on Thursday one team they most likely will play again in the NORCECA Women's Pool R Tournament

Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 22, 2014 – Puerto Rico claimed a straight-set (25-20, 25-14, 25-20) over Costa Rica in the nightcap of opening day at the NORCECA Women’s World Championship Qualification Tournament Pool R on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the more experienced Barbados prevailed against St Lucia 25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18 in a battle between Eastern Caribbean countries.

Opposite Vanessa Velez was the best scorer of Puerto Rico totaling 15 points while teammates Aury Cruz and Alexandra Oquendo chipped in 11 and 8 points.

Costa Rica’s siblings Angela and Verania Willis each finished with 10 points in the losing effort.

Puerto Rico’s captain Yarimar Rosa predicted they will face Costa Rica once again in the decisive match of the tournament with the ticket to the world championship in Italy at stake.

“I am happy with the result as always is good to start winning,” Rosa said. “We have to keep working on those areas where we failed and be ready for our next match against them (Costa Rica) next Sunday.”

Costa Rica’s Angela Willis pointed out serve-reception difficulties as the main reason for the negative outcome.

“They created problems to us with their serves and subsequent blocking,” she said. “We need to make the corrections to be ready for the next time.”
Puerto Rican coach Jose Mieles was satisfied with his team’s overall performance but especially with the services.

Barbados’ coach Andrew Brathwaite credited her players for the way they reacted to close the match.

“We were able to make adjustments in our game following a slow start,” Brathwaite said. “It is good to start winning and I hope we can continue that way.”

St Lucia’s coach Florian Combie was satisfied with the performance of his team and put the blame on the mistakes of the last two sets.

“Our team played well for two sets but then they became very erratic,” Combie said. “We must work in trying to minimize the number of errors.”









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