FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Japan

TEAM COMPOSITION

 PUR / Puerto Rico - Team Composition

 
Team manager Noel Marrero
Head coach Carlos Cardona
Assistant coach Ramon Hernandez
Doctor
Therapist / trainer Jesus Pomales
Journalist Manuel I. Acevedo
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  C 1 Jose Rivera RIVERA 02.07.1977 192 85 325 320
  L 2   Gregory Berrios Berrios 24.01.1979 182 83 305 299
  3 Juan Figueroa Figueroa 06.03.1986 189 88 335 325
  4   Victor Rivera RIVERA 30.08.1976 195 88 345 329
  5 Roberto Muñiz Muñiz 11.06.1980 196 92 333 326
  6   Angel Perez Perez 20.05.1982 190 86 325 318
  7 Enrique Escalante Escalante 06.08.1984 195 88 330 324
  8   Jonathan King King 12.08.1982 192 88 299 292
  9 Edgardo Goas Goas 27.01.1989 197 95 345 330
  10   Ulises Maldonado Maldonado 03.03.1989 192 88 299 291
  11 Jean Carlos Ortiz ORTIZ 23.02.1988 193 77 288 281
  12   Hector Soto SOTO 20.06.1978 197 85 340 332
  13 Juan Ruiz J. RUIZ 24.04.1981 188 84 291 285
  14   Fernando Morales Morales 04.02.1982 186 68 325 318
  15 Ezequiel Cruz Lozada Cruz 15.07.1986 191 85 333 326
  16   Sequiel Sánchez Sanchez 24.03.1990 191 89 325 305
  17 Pedrito Sierra Sierra 21.07.1989 196 89 305 298
  18   Dennis Del Valle Del Valle 27.01.1989 175 58 300 290
  19 Edwin Leonardo Aquino AQUINO 09.11.1984 196 82 320 310
  20   Jorge Antonio Lopez Lopez 06.02.1992 188 75 320 314
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Puerto Rico will be participating in the FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournament for the first time in 2012. 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 and 16th at the 2011 World League.

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.