Puerto Rico and Colombia on the verge of a solid step towards Rio


San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21, 2016 - The two teams that won the two matches on the first competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in San Juan - Puerto Rico and Colombia - will lock horns with each other on the second day with the winner making a solid step on the road to Rio.

• Puerto Rico beat Colombia in straight sets at the 2015 Pan American Cup.
• Colombia beat NORCECA side Mexico in straight sets at the same Pan American Cup.
• Puerto Rico have won their last two matches against South American sides at world-level tournaments, both at the 2014 World Grand Prix. They won in straight sets against Argentina and Peru.

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• Puerto Rico can claim a second straight win at the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the first time.
• They won one match at the 2008 the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
• Puerto Rico can win three successive competitive matches. They also achieved this at the 2015 NORCECA Championships in September 2015.
• Puerto Rico can repeat their start to the year from 2015, when they began the year with two wins in their first two competitive matches.
• Karina Ocasio and Alexandra Oquendo led Puerto Rico in scoring against Algeria (3-0 win), both scoring nine points.

• Colombia beat Kenya 3-0 and they can now win three competitive matches in a row for the first time since three at the 2015 World Grand Prix and South American Championships - Australia, Paraguay, Venezuela.
• Colombia can start the year with two competitive wins. Last year, they lost their second match of 2015, 3-1 v Peru.
• Colombia scored 10 points from serves and 10 points with blocks against Kenya.
• Madelayne Montano contributed 16 points to that 3-0 win, while Melissa Rangel scored five of Colombia 10 successful blocks.


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