SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2022 – Puerto Rico breezed past Mexico in straight sets improving its win-loss record to 3-1 good for current second place in the NORCECA Final Six Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup in the earliest contest of Thursday.
The score was 25-20, 25-20, 25-8, with the third one being the shortest of this year competition, erasing the 25-11 set by Dominican Republic opening one against the Puerto Ricans in their Wednesday’s match on Wednesday.
Stephanie Enright led the Puerto Rican squad with 17 points, followed by Neira Ortiz and Genesis Collazo each with 13 points. For Mexico, Vanessa Villegas was the best with 7 points.
The record of Mexico fell down to 2-2 with one match to play on Friday against Canada.
Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico: The positive that I see in today’s match after a defeat like yesterday’s gives us peace of mind and confidence for our goal, which is the World Cup, Mexico made us stronger in the first two sets until point 18 and in the end we in the third set we were able to get in on our serve early on and get them into trouble that was the key to this win.
Rafael Petry, coach of Mexico: We knew that it was going to be a very complicated game since Puerto Rico is a team that comes with its sights set on the World Cup and its players come with their minds prepared for that. During the game in the transition battle, Puerto Rico was more effective and I think that made the difference in the result.