Overview

Team profile

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico have participated in three World Olympic Qualification Tournaments prior to achieving their first-ever Olympic qualification in their home turf in San Juan last May. The Puerto Rican players celebrated in front of their home fans as they won all their matches in the Round Robin tournament. In the last few years, Puerto Rico gathered vital experience by regularly competing against elite sides in the World Grand Prix and the World Championship, where they have appeared four times since their debut in 2002. They made their best finish of equal-10th on that year, and at the 2014 edition in Italy, the Central American side won a match against Cuba, but missed out on the second round of qualification by three points.

Puerto Rico have enjoyed better results at the continental level, where they finished third at the Pan American Cups in 2009 and 2014, and finished fifth at the 2011 edition in Mexico. They took the silver medal at the 2009 NORCECA Championship and dropped to two places in 2011 and then claimed bronze in the 2013 and 2015 editions. In 2015, Puerto Rico played an outstanding season, as they finished fourth at the Pan American Games in Canada, and appeared in their second consecutive World Grand Prix Group 2 finals. 

Coach

Juan Carlos Nunez

Juan Carlos Nunez

Juan Carlos Nunez is one of the most successful coaches in the Puerto Rican women’s league. Before the end of the national championship, he won six titles with Caguas Criollas, including the last two on the road. Nunez’s second spell as Puerto Rican national team coach started in 2015 and led the team to a bronze medal finish at the NORCECA continental championship in Mexico. At the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament, the team placed third after their defeat of Canada. This third place finish, gave them another chance to qualify to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through the World Olympic Qualification Tournament on home soil, which they eventually won. His previous stint with the national team was from 2005 to 2008, when he steered Puerto Rico to achieve their first Central American and Carribean Games medal in 44 years and their first ever World Grand Prix qualification through the 2008 Pan American Cup.

  • Team Manager Willie Lopez
  • Assistant coach Xiomara Molero
  • Second Assistant Coach Ramon Lawrence
  • Doctor Dr. Luis Miranda / Dra. Rebecca Rodriguez
  • Physiotherapist Robert Pulliza

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
USA
5 5 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 14 15 5 3.000 470 400 1.175
2
Netherlands
5 4 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 11 14 7 2.000 455 425 1.070
3
Serbia
5 3 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 10 12 6 2.000 410 394 1.040
4
China
5 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 7 9 9 1.000 398 389 1.023
5
Italy
5 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 4 12 0.333 351 374 0.938
6
Puerto Rico
5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 15 0.000 277 379 0.730

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