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World League 2011
22nd Edition

 
 PUR / Puerto Rico - Team Composition

 
Team manager Noel Marrero
Head coach Carlos D. Cardona
Assistant coach Ramon Hernandez
Doctor Jose F. Garcia Troncoso
Therapist / trainer Orlando Figueroa
Journalist Heriberto Rosario Rosa
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Jose Rivera Rivera 2/07/1977 192 85 325 320 Carolina
  2   Gregory Berrios Berrios 24/01/1979 182 83 305 299 Arecibo
  3 Juan Figueroa Figueroa 6/03/1986 189 88 335 325 Guaynabo
  4   Victor Rivera RIVERA 30/08/1976 195 88 345 329 Guaynabo
  5 Roberto Muñiz Muñiz 11/06/1980 196 92 333 326 Arecibo
  6   Angel Perez Perez 20/05/1982 190 86 325 318 Guaynabo
  7 Enrique Escalante Escalante 6/08/1984 195 88 330 324 Guaynabo
  8   Daniel Erazo ERAZO 16/08/1987 196 72 315 306 Lares
  9 Edgardo Goas Goas 27/01/1989 197 95 345 330 Arecibo
  10   Jorge Antonio Lopez Lopez 6/02/1992 188 75 320 314 Mayaguez
  11 Steven Morales Morales 7/04/1992 195 82 346 317 Corozal
  C 12   Hector Soto Soto 20/06/1978 197 85 340 332 Guaynabo
  13 Jean Carlos Ortiz Ortiz 23/02/1988 193 77 288 281 Guaynabo
  14   Fernando Morales Morales 4/02/1982 186 68 325 318 Guaynabo
  15 Ezequiel Cruz Lozada Cruz 15/07/1986 191 85 333 326 Corozal
  16   Sequiel Sánchez Sanchez 24/03/1990 191 89 325 305 Naranjito
  17 Ramon Burgos BURGOS 15/01/1993 198 91 334 304 National Team
  18   Cristian Rivera C. Rivera 8/08/1993 198 82 345 332 National Team
  19 Joel Rivera J. RIVERA 11/06/1981 185 89 302 288 Carolina
  20   Dennis Del Valle Del Valle 27/01/1989 175 58 300 290 Guaynabo
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Puerto Rico will be participating in the FIVB World League for the first time. The side's biggest achievement over the last few years was at the 2007 FIVB Men’s World Cup, where they finished sixth. The team has been quite successful in the NORCECA Championships and often challenge the bigger volleyball nations of Cuba and the United States. Puerto Rico finished the last Olympic cycle 10th in the FIVB Rankings, the highest ranking for Puerto Rico in any sport. Consistently leading the NORCECA standings alongside the U.S., Puerto Rico are recognized as the main powerhouse of Caribbean volleyball, collecting gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. In 2006, Puerto Rico qualified for their first FIVB World Championship in over 20 years, and in 2007 won their first NORCECA medal (silver). They also claimed a historic sixth place in the 2007 World Cup, with wins over Olympic champions the United States and European champions Spain. Their Olympic dreams were dashed after a loss to Poland in the qualifiers. Most recently, the side placed 13th at the 2010 World Championship in Italy.


Coach profile

Carlos Cardona was born in Rosario, Argentina. His coaching career has taken him from Argentina's National League to Italy's League A-1 (Grottazzolina, Petrolifano and Gioia) and B-1. Upon his arrival in Puerto Rico in 2003, Cardona coached the San Juan Playeros and led the team to the Final Series and various semifinals. He was named men's national team coach and has been retained for the new Olympic cycle as Head Technical Director of their National Programs. Cardona is also coach of the women's national team and guided them to their first medal (bronze) at the Pan American Cup in 2009 and their first medal (silver) at the NORCECA Championship this year.


 

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