SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 4, 2022- Puerto Rico enjoyed an effective debut at the Second Pan American Cup NORCECA Final Six by riding Canada in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-18) this Sunday at the National Volleyball Palace “Ricardo Arias”.
Veteran Karina Ocasio, in a return to the Puerto Rican team, showed that she hadn’t lost an inch of physical form and much less technical.
Ocasio finished the match with 22 points that included 5 blocks. She was followed by Pilar Victoria with 10 points. Canadians Layne Buskirk and Gabrielle Attieh each had 8 points.
Puerto Rico was widely leading in kills 44-27 and in blocks 9-4.
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Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico: The girls came out hungry to win this game. We are looking for rhythm in preparation for the world championship. We have two players recovering from injury but thanks to the fact that those who played were able to do their job and we were able to give them rest so we could have them available in the strongest games.
Carolyn O´Dwyer, coach of Canada: I think we have played against one really very strong opponent in Puerto Rico. We did not have a good coordination in our side and it is hard to beat a good opponement when you do that. We will not make many errors for sure.