Arecibo Captains become Puerto Rican champions


Arecibo celebrates the victory over Guaynabo in Puerto Rico Men's Superior League

Arecibo, Puerto Rico, December 15, 2014 – Arecibo Captains are the champions of the Puerto Rican Men’s Volleyball Superior League after defeating Guaynabo Mets 4-1 in the best-of-seven final series which concluded on Saturday at Manuel “Petaca” Iguina Coliseum in Arecibo.

The victory earned the Captains the right to represent the NORCECA Confederation at the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship in Brazil in May 2015.

Arecibo took the victory in the fifth match 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19) with veteran Hector “Picky” Soto leading the win with 16 points, all via spikes. Roberto Muñiz and Maurice Torres contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the victory.

The Captains’ effective defence at the net was one of the keys to their victory. They scored 16 points with blocks, including six by Muñiz.

Jorge Mencía had a match-high 17 points in the losing effort while Yunieski Ramirez and Edwin Montaño finished with 16 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mets.

Arecibo’s middle blocker David Menendez was named the Most Valuable Player of the Final Series.

“I never imagined myself being MVP, especially being surrounded by so many stars in this team,” Menendez said. “It is really difficult to explain my feelings, I am lost for words. Thanks to my teammates for their support as I was able to give my best and this is the result of those efforts.”

Summary of Final Series

Guaynabo d Arecibo 3-1 (26-28, 28-26, 25-21, 25-23) on December 5
Arecibo d Guaynabo 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 28-26) on December 7
Arecibo d Guaynabo 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-22) on December 9
Arecibo d Guaynabo 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13) on December 11
Arecibo d Guaynabo 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19) on December 13