Guaynabo repeats victory against Caguas and wins in five sets

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, February 11, 2024 – The Guaynabo Mets (2-7) achieved their second victory of the 2024 Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) season, once again against Criollas de Caguas (5-4) in five intense sets played at the Roger Mendoza Court in Valle de Turabo.

Guaynabo fell in the first two sets 20-25 and 17-25 against Caguas but recovered to come from behind and win the next three with 27-25, 25-21, and 15-6.

In the fifth set, the Mets started 7-0 and at the side change dominated, 8-1. From there on, Guaynabo did not look back until closing the set and the match in their favor.

This is the Mets’ first victory under the direction of José Mieles, and they come out of the basement with seven points for sixth place with a record of 2-7.

Guaynabo, who did not have Karina Ocasio, who was injured in the match against Santurce, and had the reinforcement player Haley Bush as their top scorer with 26 points, 23 in attacks, three in blocks, nine digs, and 15 passes; Naya Gross contributed 20 points, 19 in attacks, and one block; and Norian Ceballos with 18 points, all in attacks, and 15 digs. Stephanie Rivera helped in the victory with nine points, 29 digs, and 29 passes.

For Caguas, Treyaunna Rush scored 18 points, 16 in attacks, and two blocks; Nia Parker-Robinson with 14 points, 13 in attacks, one ace, 20 digs, and five passes; Janice Leao with 12 points, eight in attacks, and four in blocks; and Diana Reyes with 10 points, five in attacks, three blocks, and one ace.

Corozal won the second “Mountain Duel”

Two-time champions Pinkin of Corozal (5-4) and the Changas of Naranjito (1-8) played five sets again in the second edition of this year’s “Mountain Duel” and they took the victory once more.

Corozal won with 22-25, 25-29, 25-28, 18-25, and 15-9, in Daly Santana’s debut.

Naranjito was leading the fifth set, 7-4, when Corozal coach Freddy Vázquez, called a timeout. Upon return, four consecutive errors by Changas gave Pinkin the advantage, 8-7, for the side change. Saraí Álvarez scored point nine, 9-7. Naranjito immediately called a timeout, but the motivation of the champions was already sky-high and they made their presence felt on the court, especially Daly Santana, who scored three of Corozal’s last five points, including the direct serve for the victory.

For Corozal, Dominican reinforcement Yanlis Feliz scored 17 points, 16 in attacks, one block, 14 digs, and 16 passes; Isabella Bergmark added 17 more, 10 in attacks, and seven in blocks; Emma Clothier with 15 points, 10 in attacks, and five in blocks; and Daly Santana with 12 points, 10 in attacks, one block, one ace, 11 digs, and 16 passes.

For Naranjito, American reinforcement Adana Rollins achieved 21 points, 18 in attacks, three in blocks, 13 digs, and 14 passes; Kayla Lund with 19 points, 17 in attacks, two blocks, 12 digs, and 19 passes; and Kiana Schmitt with 14 points, 11 in attacks, and three direct serves.

Before the match between Corozal and Naranjito at the Pepín Cestero Court in Bayamón, a posthumous tribute was paid to the former Pinkin player and National Team member, Pilar Vázquez, who passed away on Saturday.

Additionally, the Secretary General of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation (FPV), Gerardo Negrón, presented a plaque to Saraí Álvarez of Corozal for reaching and surpassing the milestone of 5,000 points in the LVSF.

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