Cangrejeras Conquer their First National Title in Puerto Rico

MANATÍ, Puerto Rico, April 23, 2024 – The Cangrejeras de Santurce franchise, which debuted last year in the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation (FPV), conquered their first national title over the Manatí Ateniense.

Last year, the Cangrejeras had to settle for the second place against the Corozal Pinkin, but they returned this season with a team full of local and international talent with the mission of winning the title, sweeping the final series in four games (4-0).

The Cangrejeras de Santurce join the Chicas of San Juan as the two teams from the capital city to win a Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) championship. The Chicas did it in the 1992 season.

Santurce concluded the final series on Monday night after a 3-0 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17)  victory, at the Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu Coliseum in Manatí.

American reinforcement McKenzie Adams was the top scorer for Cangrejeras with 18 points, 13 in attacks, three in blocks, two direct services, 17 defenses, and seven passes; Turkish player Yeliz Basa with 17 points, 15 in attacks, two in blocks, and eight defenses; Czech player Helena Havelkova with 15 points, 12 in attacks, three in blocks, 12 defenses, and 22 passes; Puerto Rican Neira Ortiz contributed eight points, five in attacks, three in blocks, and an ace; and naturalized Venezuelan Shirley Florián with eight points, all in attacks.

Cangrejeras’ setter Carli Lloyd made 27 assists, 15 defenses, and five points, two in attacks, two in blocks, and an ace.

Cangrejeras’ libero and captain Debora Seilhammer was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the 2024 final series. Seilhammer made 35 defenses and 11 passes in the last match of the final series.

For Manatí, Zoe Weatherington scored 18 points, 15 in attacks, two in blocks, an ace, and 15 defenses; Karla Santos achieved 17 points, all in attacks, 18 defenses, and 22 passes; María Schlegel with 12 points, 11 in attacks, a block, 20 defenses, and 13 passes; and Claudia Dillon with 10 points, five in attacks, three in blocks, and two direct serves.


Sunday, April 14           Manatí (1-3) Santurce

Wednesday, April 17     Santurce (3-2) Manatí

Saturday, April 20         Manatí (0-3) Santurce

Monday, April 22           Santurce (3-1) Manatí