Puerto Rico Prevails Over Argentina

July 02, 2009, 10:26 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 2, 2009) – Puerto Rico defeated Argentina 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, claiming a semi final round ticket to play Friday afternoon against Dominican Republic in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Aurea Cruz recorded a match-high 24 points for Puerto Rico while Yarimar Rosa and Sarai Alvarez added 18 and 17 respectively.

Georgina Pinedo and Leticia Boscacci were the best Argentinean scorers producing 13 and 12 points.

The serves of the Puerto Ricans caused major troubles to the opponent’s reception as they scored 9 service aces to only two by the Argentineans. Cruz led that category with four winning serves.

In the matches for the 5-8 positions, Canada plays Peru and Argentina goes against Costa Rica. USA plays Brazil in the other semifinal.

“We are happy but not satisfied because we made a lot of mistakes and need to work on that. I really expected a better match from both teams,” said Carlos Cardona, the coach of Puerto Rico.

“The quick pace established by Puerto Rico made it difficult for us to block and to defense,” said Georgina Klug, the captain of Argentina.

Regarding tomorrow’s match against Dominican Republic, Cardona stated
“Dominican Republic is a more potent and stronger team with more experience. We need to minimize our errors but also need to be aggressive.”