Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic reigned in NORCECA

Mexico hosted the NORCECA Continental Championships in both genders with the biennial event held on the cities of Durango for the men’s competition and Guadalajara for the women’s experience.

Puerto Rico won their first men’s title in defeating Canada 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) in the final medal match at Auditorio del Pueblo in Durango, Mexico.

Puerto Rico made history with their first gold medal, adding to their one silver medal and two bronzes; Canada finished second for sixth occasion while they also have one gold and 14 bronze medals.

Mexico earned the bronze medal in defeating reigning champion Cuba 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 30-28, 27-25).

Arturo Iglesias, the Puerto Rican captain, was selected the Most Valuable Player of the competition.

Meanwhile, Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-2 (25-22, 15-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12) to remain the women’s champions winning their second consecutive title and third overall at Arena Astros in Guadalajara.

Four Dominicans scored double-figures, led by opposite hitter Gaila González with 19 points, followed by outside hitter Bethania De La Cruz with 15 points. Puerto Rico’s best scorers were Stephanie Enright and Marie Victoria with 19 points each.

The Dominican Gonzalez, the best opposite hitter and best scorer, took home the honors as Most Valuable Player.