Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 - Puerto Rico defeated USA in four sets (25-20, 21-25, 30-28, 25-23) in the classification match for 13th place-16th place of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship in Isa City Sports Hall on Saturday.Quick links - Volleyball:
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Puerto Rico captain Gabriel Garcia posted a match-high of 28 points from 26 attacks and two blocks. Pedro Molina and Randy Perez likewise posted double-digits, 13 points and 12 points respectively to power Puerto Rico’s offence past their opponents. Joel Schneidmiller led the USA side with 21 points.
Puerto Rico executed their offence with Garcia’s powerful spikes from the flank and the backline. They proved steady in playing against their Norceca counterparts by also working hard enough on defence in order to set up for their counter-attack. USA possessed the firepower to fight back, using Schneidmiller and Jerod Nelsen at the wings, but later found difficulty in addressing their opponents' service pressure. USA struggled in passing the ball, suffering from errors in key moments. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico took charge of their endgame and seized momentum to win the match.