San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 28, 2011 – After a 3-0 defeat at the hands of nine-time World League champions Brazil, debutants Puerto Rico face the volleyball giants for a second time at Roberto Clemente Coliseum on Saturday.
The key for the Brazilians’ victory was keeping the number of errors low – only seven for the match compared to 22 from the home side.
“It was a classic game for a debuting team,” Puerto Rico’s coach Carlos Cardona said at the post-game press conference. “We had a lot of pressure created by our desire to make the things better.”
The tandem of Gilberto “Giba” Godoy (13 points) and Leandro Vissotto (12) combined for 25 of the 53 points scored by the two-time defending champions with positive actions.
The strategy of not taking too many risks utilized by Brazil translated into very few mistakes, as coach Bernardo Rezende pointed out.
The Puerto Ricans, who qualified for the World League for the first time following victories over Portugal and China last summer, are facing very tough opponents in Pool A, with USA and Poland also in the mix.