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TEAM COMPOSITION


 PUR / Puerto Rico

 
Team manager Angel Velez
Coach Javier Gaspar
Assistant coach Abdel Otero
Doctor
Physiotherapist Wilfredo Nazario
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Jose Rivera Rivera 02.07.1977 192 85 325 320 Carolina
  2   Edgardo Goas Goas 27.01.1989 197 95 345 330 Arecibo
  3 Juan Figueroa Figueroa 06.03.1986 189 88 335 325 Arecibo
  4   Dennis Del Valle Del Valle 27.01.1989 175 58 300 290 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 06.08.1984 195 88 330 324 Guaynabo
  8   Steven Morales Morales 07.04.1992 195 82 346 317 Caribes de San Sebastian
  9 Juan Vazquez Vazquez 23.01.1991 188 82 298 292 Mayaguez
  10   Ezequiel Cruz Cruz 15.07.1986 193 88 320 310 Guaynabo
  11 Maurice Torres Torres 06.07.1991 201 100 305 299 Arecibo
  C 12   Hector Soto Soto 28.06.1978 197 85 340 332 Arecibo
  13 Jose Miguel Mulero Mulero 25.10.1991 170 63 298 284 Mayaguez
  14   Mannix Roman Roman 17.01.1983 190 85 295 288 Mayaguez
  15 Fernando Morales Morales 04.02.1982 194 93 325 318 Guaynabo
  16   Jackson Rivera Rivera 19.08.1987 186 66 360 350 Mayaguez
  17 Pedrito Sierra Sierra 21.07.1989 196 89 305 298 Fajardo
  18   Jessie Colon Colon 20.09.1984 192 74 247 242 Lares
  19 Jean Carlos Ortiz Ortiz 23.02.1988 193,5 90 288 281 Guaynabo
  20   Sequiel Sánchez Sanchez 24.03.1990 191 89 325 305 Naranjito
  21 Pedro Cabrera Cabrera 15.01.1990 185 71 239 233 Arecibo
  22   Jon H. Rivera Rivera 05.01.1996 193 77 305 299 National Team
  23 Pablo Guzman Guzman 02.06.1987 188 67 292 288 Guaynabo
  24   Gregory Berrios Berrios 24.01.1979 182 83 305 299 Arecibo
  25 Juan Ruiz J. Ruiz 24.04.1981 188 84 291 285 San Sebastian
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Puerto Rico will be competing in the World League for just the third time and will be looking to improve on last year's showing when they finished joint-last in Group 3 with Tunisia. Led by Javier Gastel, who was appointed head coach in 2015, the team has set themselves the target of qualifying for the Final Four in Slovakia and compete in a pool containing Tunisia, Turkey and Montenegro. Their first appearance came in 2011, when they failed to win a match after being drawn in a tough pool with Brazil, the United States and Poland.

At the 2014 World Championship in Poland the Central American side recorded an historic victory over Italy in their only win in Pool D. They won just three sets in the tournament and missed out on qualification to the second round by two points. They have qualified for the previous two World Championships, and recorded wins over Cameroon and Australia in 2010. Their standout result is a sixth-place finish in their only World Cup appearance in 2007. At continental level they are regular competitors in the Pan American Games, and have won gold at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the NORCECA Championship they finished second in 2007 and third in 2009.
Coach profile

Javier Gaspar was appointed as the head coach of the Puerto Rico men’s team in May 2015 after David Aleman left the position. Gaspar has vast experience at club level in Puerto Rico, as he has led both men’s and women’s teams of the Los Mets de Guaynabo club. He steered the men’s team to the national league title in the 2013/14 season, and was named 2011 Manager of the Year while in charge of the women’s team. As a player he represented the US national team, and was a star of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) playing for Penn State between 1985 and 1988. He was inducted into the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame in 2015