FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 PUR / Puerto Rico

 
Team manager Esai Velez
Coach Rafael Olazagasti
Assistant coach Jose Mieles
2nd assistant coach
Doctor
Physiotherapist Katherine Carrion
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Debora Seilhamer Seilhamer 04.10.1985 166 61 245 240 Cataño
  L 2   Shara Venegas Venegas 18.09.1992 173 68 280 272 Caguas
  3 Vilmarie Mojica Mojica 13.08.1985 180 63 295 288 Caguas
  4   Bianca Rivera Rivera 04.10.1987 178 89 280 276 Bayamon
  5 Sarai Alvarez Alvarez 03.04.1986 183 61 295 286 Mayaguez
  C 6   Yarimar Rosa Rosa 20.06.1988 178 62 295 285 Mayaguez
  7 Stephanie Enright Enright 15.12.1990 179 56 300 292 Caguas
  8   Ania Ruiz Ruiz 11.07.1982 182 68 305 284 Bayamon
  9 Aurea Cruz Cruz 10.01.1982 180 63 310 290 Carolina
  10   Genesis Collazo Collazo 04.10.1992 185 74 301 296 Caguas
  11 Karina Ocasio Malpica 01.08.1985 192 76 298 288 Caguas
  12   Michelle Nogueras Nogueras 05.12.1988 179 58 275 262 Caguas
  13 Remy June Mcbain Mcbain 27.08.1991 188 68 299 289 Mayaguez
  14   Natalia Valentin Valentin 12.09.1989 170 61 244 240 Ponce
  15 Daly Santana Santana 19.02.1995 185 65 300 274 National Team
  16   Patricia Montero Montero 22.08.1997 178 58 225 224 National Team
  17 Sheila Ocasio Ocasio 17.11.1982 195 74 310 292 Juncos
  18   Lynda Morales Morales 20.05.1988 188 94 302 296 Guaynabo
  19 Kanisha Jimenez Jimenez 28.11.1995 185 56 295 291 National Team
  20   Jennifer Quesada Quesada 22.02.1992 188 71 299 295 Bayamon
  21 Diana Reyes Reyes 29.04.1993 191 80 303 299 Caguas
  22   Maria Escoto Escoto 23.03.1991 152 58 285 274 Bayamon
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

Puerto Rico are currently ranked 18th in the world and this will be their fourth appearance at the FIVB World Grand Prix, all of which have come in the last five editions.

Former assistant Rafael Olazagasti takes over as coach with the hope to build on Puerto Rico’s encouraging performances in recent years which have seen them finish 13th, 11th and 10th in the FIVB’s prestigious annual women’s event.

At the same time, Puerto Rico have been growing, although not improving in results, at the FIVB World Championships with a 10th, 15th and 17th-place results in the last three editions.

Puerto Rico qualified for this year’s tournament after defeating Canada and Peru for the second consecutive year, to finish sixth at the Pan American Cup in Mexico.

With key players such as Sarai Alvarez, captain from last year Vilmarie Mojica and the most experienced Aurea Cruz named in the squad, there is hope that Olazagasti and Co can continue the outstanding World Grand Prix experience Puerto Rico has experienced over the past five years or so.

 
Coach profile

Rafael 'Epique' Olazagasti makes his debut this year as head coach of women's team. He is one the most successful coaches in Puerto Rico having attained wins in the National League Championships for both men and women.  

During the 2012 World Grand Prix, Olazagasti assisted coach of David Aleman (now coach of the men’s national team). “The goal in this year is to work hard each weekend and finish in a better position in each pool per week,” said Olazagasti.

Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Olazagasti win-loss ratio currently stands at 4-2 in official competition.