Overview

Team profile

Puerto Rico

FIVB World Ranking 16

Best Result2002 10

Last Result2010 17

Medals
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This is Puerto Rico's sixth World Championship appearance. After little success in their first two appearances in 1974 and 1982, they have fared better in recent times. Their best finish came in 2002 on their return to the tournament after 20 years. Victories against Argentina, Dominican Republic and Kenya secured qualification for the second round, in which three defeats left them 11th overall. Since then they have been ranked 15th in 2006 and 17th in 2010.

They are gathering vital experience by competing regularly against elite sides in the World Grand Prix. At last year's event they finished 18th, having finished 13th and 11th in the previous two editions. Puerto Rico enter this tournament on the back of a successful 2014 World Grand Prix campaign where they qualified for the Final Round of Group 2 by finishing second behind the Netherlands in the group stage. They lost to the Netherlands in the semifinal before beating Poland 3-0 for third place.

Puerto Rico boast strong performances in continental competitions, where they finished in third place at the 2009 and 2014 Pan American Cup. They also finished fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games. In the NORCECA Championship they won a silver medal in 2009, slipped to fourth in 2011, and then regained their place on the podium last year by claiming bronze.

Coach

Jose Mieles

Jose Mieles

Jose Mieles was installed as Puerto Rico coach last August following the resignation of predecessor Rafael Olazagasti. He worked as the national team's statistician and as assistant to Olazagasti at their campaigns at the 2013 World Grand Prix, the China International Tournament and Pan American Cup before his promotion to the top job. As coach of women's club team Leonas de Ponce, he has guided his charges to the Puerto Rican championship title in the last three seasons. He was named the league's coach of the year in 2012 and 2014.

  • Team Manager Elliot Matias
  • Assistant coach Anthony Melendez
  • Second Assistant Coach Eduardo Galarza
  • Doctor Dr. Cesar Trabanco
  • Physiotherapist Victor Correa

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
China
5 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 14 15 2 7.500 408 309 1.320
2
Japan
5 3 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 11 13 7 1.857 444 426 1.042
3
Belgium
5 3 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 9 10 6 1.666 377 325 1.160
4
Azerbaijan
5 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 7 9 11 0.818 410 449 0.913
5
Puerto Rico
5 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 5 12 0.416 364 399 0.912
6
Cuba
5 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 15 0.066 308 403 0.764

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