Overview

Team profile

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico will be competing in the World League for just the third time and will be looking to improve on last year's showing when they finished joint-last in Group 3 with Tunisia. Led by Javier Gastel, who was appointed head coach in 2015, the team has set themselves the target of qualifying for the Final Four in Slovakia and compete in a pool containing Tunisia, Turkey and Montenegro. Their first appearance came in 2011, when they failed to win a match after being drawn in a tough pool with Brazil, the United States and Poland.

At the 2014 World Championship in Poland the Central American side recorded an historic victory over Italy in their only win in Pool D. They won just three sets in the tournament and missed out on qualification to the second round by two points. They have qualified for the previous two World Championships, and recorded wins over Cameroon and Australia in 2010. Their standout result is a sixth-place finish in their only World Cup appearance in 2007. At continental level they are regular competitors in the Pan American Games, and have won gold at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the NORCECA Championship they finished second in 2007 and third in 2009.

Coach

Javier Gaspar

Javier Gaspar

Javier Gaspar was appointed as the head coach of the Puerto Rico men’s team in May 2015 after David Aleman left the position. Gaspar has vast experience at club level in Puerto Rico, as he has led both men’s and women’s teams of the Los Mets de Guaynabo club. He steered the men’s team to the national league title in the 2013/14 season, and was named 2011 Manager of the Year while in charge of the women’s team. As a player he represented the US national team, and was a star of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) playing for Penn State between 1985 and 1988. He was inducted into the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame in 2015

Staff

  • Team Manager Angel Velez
  • Assistant coach Abdel Otero
  • Physiotherapist Wilfredo Nazario

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams 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
Montenegro
6 5 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 16 17 5 3.400 532 477 1.115
2
Turkey
6 5 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 13 16 8 2.000 562 494 1.137
3
Puerto Rico
6 1 5 0 1 0 1 2 2 4 7 16 0.437 468 542 0.863
4
Tunisia
6 1 5 0 1 0 0 2 3 3 5 16 0.312 450 499 0.901

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