Valentin credits discipline on blocks for victory over Kenya


Hamamatsu, Japan, October 1, 2018 - Daly Santana starred for Puerto Rico in a hardfought 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-15) victory over Kenya in Pool D play at the FIVB Women's World Championship on Monday afternoon and the team captain said adjustments in blocking were important in the triumph.

Puerto Rico coach Jose Mieles: We are happy to get the win. We want to go to the second round. Kenya has good technique and is a powerful team. We will use the day off tomorrow to get ready for our match with the Dominican Republic. We will do our best going forward in the matches.

Kenya coach Japheth Bulali: Our aim today was to qualify for the second round but Puerto Rico stopped us. We still have two games left. We will try to grow in the coming matches. We led 19-15 in the second set but did not receive well after that. We must get ready for Brazil next. We will go all out against them.

Puerto Rico captain Natalia Valentin: They had strong serves, blocks and hits. We adjusted to have more discipline on our blocks and that was key. We are still working to reach our goals and objectives for this tournament.

Kenya captain Mercy Moim: We did not play good today. We did not play as we had planned. We played better against them than the last time we met. We will look forward to the next matches.


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