Overview

Team profile

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico are making their sixth appearance at the World Grand Prix as they look to improve on their third place in Group 2 last year. After finishing second in the Intercontinental Round behind the Netherlands with seven wins from nine, they lost their semifinal to the Dutch before defeating Poland in the third-place match in straight sets. In the 2013 edition they took 18th place and in their three outings before that they came 10th in 2009, 11th in 2010 and 13th in 2012. 


Vital experience and know-how is being gathered by competing regularly against elite sides in the World Grand Prix and at the World Championship, in which they have appeared four times since 2002, when they made their best finish of equal-10th. At last year’s edition in Italy the Central American side won one match, against Cuba, as they missed out on second round qualification by three points. They have enjoyed better results in continental competitions. They finished third at the 2009 and 2014 Pan American Cups. They also finished fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico and will compete in this year’s edition in Toronto, Canada. They took the silver medal at the 2009 NORCECA Championships, came fourth in 2011 and claimed bronze last time round.

Coach

Jose Mieles

Jose Mieles

Jose Mieles coached Puerto Rico’s women’s team to a third-place finish in Group 2 in last year’s World Grand Prix after taking over in August 2013 following predecessor Rafael Olazagasti’s resignation. Mieles was Olazagasti’s assistant before assuming the lead role. Mieles led Puerto Rico to silver at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and bronze at the 2014 Pan American Cup. He has also had success with the Leonas de Ponce women’s club team, whom he has coached since 2012. They won domestic titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014. For his efforts he was named Puerto Rican Women’s Volleyball League Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014.

Staff

  • Team Manager Angel Velez
  • Assistant coach Ramon Lawrence
  • Doctor Dr. Cesar Trabanco
  • Physiotherapist Juan Rivera Wharton

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
Netherlands
7 7 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 20 21 3 7.000 585 429 1.363
2
Czech Republic
7 5 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 15 18 11 1.636 650 602 1.079
3
Poland
7 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 12 13 11 1.181 534 547 0.976
4
Puerto Rico
7 4 3 0 3 1 1 1 1 12 15 14 1.071 643 609 1.055
5
Bulgaria
6 3 3 1 0 2 2 0 1 9 13 13 1.000 544 550 0.989
6
Canada
6 2 4 0 1 1 0 3 1 5 9 15 0.600 506 550 0.920
7
Argentina
6 1 5 0 1 0 1 2 2 4 7 16 0.437 476 548 0.868
8
Croatia
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 5 18 0.277 442 545 0.811

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