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TEAM COMPOSITION


 PUR / Puerto Rico

 
Team manager Gamaliel Santiago
Coach Jose Mieles
Assistant coach Anthony Melendez
Doctor Dr. Cesar Trabanco (only in 1st & 2nd week)
Physiotherapist Victor Correa
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Debora Seilhamer Seilhamer 04.10.1985 166 61 245 240 Cataño
  2   Shara Venegas Venegas 18.09.1992 172 58 280 270 Toa Baja
  3 Vilmarie Mojica Mojica 13.08.1985 180 63 295 288 Caguas
  4   Raymariely Santos Santos 13.04.1992 183 72 290 288 Ponce
  5 Patricia Montero Montero 22.08.1997 178 58 225 224 National Team
  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   Shirley Ferrer Ferrer 23.06.1991 180 63 290 293 Humacao
  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   Jennifer Nogueras Nogueras 01.08.1991 185 88 299 292 National Team
  13 Janeliss Torres Torres 09.07.1991 166 62 305 296 Ponce
  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   Alexandra Oquendo Oquendo 03.02.1984 189 75 297 284 Caguas
  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 Legna Hernandez Hernandez 18.07.1991 178 66 278 272 Ponce
  20   Vanesa Velez Velez 29.08.1989 180 68 292 280 Carolina
  21 Amanda Vazquez Vazquez 30.03.1984 185 94 302 297 Mayaguez
  22   Naika Benitez Benitez 02.08.1989 180 66 246 240 Guaynabo
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Puerto Rico are making their fifth appearance on the World Grand Prix stage as the team look to improve on their 18th place finish a year ago. In their three outings before that they came 10th in 2009, 11th in 2010, and 13th in 2012. Vital experience and knowhow is being gathered by competing regularly against elite sides in the World Grand Prix and at the World Championships, where the Puerto Ricans have placed equal 10th, equal 15th and equal 17th in their previous three appearances.

They have enjoyed better results in continental competitions. They finished in third place at the 2009 Pan American Cup and came fifth last year. They also finished fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. They took the silver medal at the 2009 NORCECA Championship, came fourth in 2011 and claimed bronze last time round. Veteran Aurea Cruz is a key player for the team. She played at the University of Florida where she established many school records and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Club World Championships playing for Azerbaijani club team Rabita Baku.

Coach profile

Jose Mieles was installed as Puerto Rico coach last August following the resignation of predecessor Rafael Olazagasti. Mieles worked as the national team’s statistician and as assistant to Olazagasti at their campaigns at the 2013 World Grand Prix, China International Tournament and Pan American Cup before his promotion to the top job. As coach of women’s club team Leonas de Ponce, he has guided his charges to the Puerto Rican championship title in the last three seasons. He was named the league’s coach of the year in 2012 and 2014.