WOQT Puerto Rico Day 3 Recap: Puerto Rico claims first-ever Olympic berth

Monday, 23 May 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
Puerto Ricans celebrate their first-ever Olympic berth (Photo: FIVB)

Puerto Rico tops WOQT table and claims Olympic berth after three straight sets victories against Colombia, Kenya and Algeria.

Playing in front of the home court, Puerto Ricans were confident prior to the competition to fulfill their dream about first-ever Olympic berth. Puerto Rico is the only team, after USA, from NORCECA zone to participate in Rio 2016.

Colombia vs Algeria

Result: 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-18)

Colombia found it tough to step in on court on Sunday against Algeria with thread-thin chances for an Olympic berth. The team eventually defeated Africans in straight sets, finishing second in the competition.

We were not in a comfortable mood after losing last night and with our objective out of reach. It was tough to find the motivation to play but they were able to play well and win the match. To me that’s something positive.

Knowing that their chances were lost after their second defeat on Saturday, Algeria approached the match with clear purpose of getting more experience.

Today we played mostly with the younger players to give them the experience. I have to congratulate them for their effort. For them it was a satisfactory experience playing against a strong team like Colombia.

Read WOQT Puerto Rico Day 2 Recap here

Full WOQT preview can be found here

Puerto Rico vs Kenya

Result: 3-0 (25-8, 25-23, 25-15)

Puerto Rico needed only one set against Kenya to win an Olympic berth, but the team went all the way and topped its third straight set victory to crown the ticket to Rio 2016. This is a first-ever Olympic berth for Puerto Rico and coach Juan Carlos Nunez did not forget about his predecessors, who worked with team in previous years.

We are more than pleased. We have waited for these moments since long time but finally we got an Olympic qualification. The players worked hard and showed their experience and desire. They did it in front of their people. I am especially happy for those who navigated since 2002. Their sacrifice and dedication paid off.

Now we have to act as Olympians. While I am at the coaching position I will continue pushing. Everybody have to sweat in there.

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