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Cruz again showing an outstanding performance at home

Carolina, Puerto Rico, July 25, 2014 - Puerto Rico beat Argentina 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) in their opening Pool K World Grand Prix 2014 match to win successive World Grand Prix matches for the first time.

Key Points

• The win marks the first time Puerto Rico have won two World Grand Prix matches in a row.

• Puerto Rico and Argentina had played only once before in the World Grand Prix, with Puerto Rico beating Argentina 3-1 in 2012.

• Puerto Rico are ranked 17th in the world, one place above Argentina.

• The loss is Argentina's seventh World Grand Prix loss in succession.

Both Puerto Rico and Argentina traded blows in offence and defence during the opening set before the home side took control late in proceedings. An ace from Vilmarie Mojica sealed the opening set to Puerto Rico 25-22.

Some strong serving from Aurea Cruz helped Puerto Rico take a comfortable lead early in the second set and they were able to win the set 25-18 thanks to the attacking work of Cruz, Karina Ocasio and Stephanie Enright.

In the third set, the home side continued to serve strongly and create problems for the Argentina reception. Cruz worked her way to 14 points for the match as Puerto Rico won the third set 25-22 and the match in straight sets.

Ocasio added 13 points while Enright chimed in with 11. For Argentina, Josefina Fernandez and Lucia Fresco top-scored with eight points each.

Puerto Rico play the Netherlands in their next mach while Argentina face Cuba.

Press Conference:

Puerto Rico coach Jose Mieles:“This is a great start in the World Grand Prix. We never expected such an erratic Argentina game, although I'm aware of the injury to their captain. Now we have to continue working for the next matches”.

Puerto Rico captain Yarimar Rosa:“Glad to start winning. The team played very well, but this is only the start for us today”.

Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna:“We played below our performance level. There was no concentration and aggressiveness. We have to adjust our game system for tomorrow”.

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