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Puerto Rico Advances to NORCECA Semifinals

Aug. 30, 2012, 5:09 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 30, 2012)-Puerto Rico recovered from its first loss at the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Honduras Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Puerto Rico advances to play Pool A winner and defending champion United States on Friday at 17:30, while Honduras falls into the classification 5-8 round starting on Friday.

Puerto Rico was led by its captain Cristian Rivera, who totaled 11 points with four blocks in two sets of action. Giovanni Llinas charted nine points in the victory.

Honduras was paced by Frank Alley’s 10 points and teammate Jose Vasquez contributed six points.

Puerto Rico won the battle at the net with a 10-4 margin and 44-23 kill advantage. In addition, Puerto out-served Honduras with a 6-0 advantage.

Puerto built a 16-10 lead by the second technical timeout of the opening set and pushed forward to a 25-16 victory with a 6-1 block advantage. Puerto Rico expanded a 12-8 lead to 18-8 with a 6-0 run to cruise into a 25-16 set win. Puerto Rico raced to an 8-1 lead in the third set and let up in a 25-11 victory.

“I am really happy with the result today and look forward to our next match,” Puerto Rico captain Cristian Rivera said. “We played a steady match today. Honduras showed some good moments in the match and potential for the future.”

“Congratulations to Honduras for a good match today,” Puerto Rico head coach Ramon Hernandez said. “They have had a great tournament, and unfortunately they lost a key component to the team a couple days ago due to injury. Puerto Rico played consistent throughout the match, and now we will prepare for the semifinals knowing it will be a tough match regardless who we play. Our want to continue to be get better with each match to achieve our goal.”

“I want to congratulate Puerto Rico for its pass into the semifinals,” Honduras head coach Rony Martinez said. “Our team continues to have a lack of attitude. We knew it would be a tough match against Puerto Rico. I think we could have done better.”

“Congratulations to Puerto Rico for today victory,” Honduras captain Ricardo Vasquez said. “We had a little lack of attitude today. We had a few good moments, but we could not play consistent. We tried our best, and now we are looking forward to our next match.”

2012 NORECECA Men's Junior Continental Championship Schedule

Pool A

Aug. 27: Mexico def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-7, 25-10, 25-15 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: United States def. Honduras 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Mexico def. Honduras 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: United States def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Honduras def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: United States def. Mexico 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Pool B
Aug. 27: Puerto Rico def. Curacao, 27-25, 25-13, 25-23 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: Canada def. Guatemala 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Canada def. Curacao 25-13, 25-7, 25-22 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Puerto Rico def. Guatemala 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Guatemala def. Curacao 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-15, 28-30, 25-12 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Quarterfinals
Aug. 30: Puerto Rico def. Honduras 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 (Match 13) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 30: Mexico def. Guatemala 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Classification 5/8
Aug. 31: St. Vincent and the Grenadines (4A) vs. Guatemala (Match 15), 11 a.m. (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 31: Curacao (4B) vs. Honduras (Match 16), 1 p.m. (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Semifinals
Aug. 31: Canada (1B) vs. Mexico (Match 17), 3 p.m. (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 31: United States (1A) vs. Puerto Rico (Match 18), 5:30 p.m. (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Final Classifications
Sept. 1: Loser Match 15 vs. Loser Match 16, 11 a.m. (7th Place) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Winner Match 15 vs. Winner Match 16, 1 p.m. (5th Place) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Loser Match 17 vs. Loser Match 18, 3 p.m. (Bronze) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Winner Match 17 vs. Winner Match 18, 5:30 p.m. (Gold) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

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