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Puerto Rico’s National Female Volleyball Team


In early 1970, Puerto Rico had one of the most formative female volleyball teams in Latin America. Unfortunately, while returning from Panama where they were playing in the Central American Games to qualify for an Olympic berth the plane crashed and all of the team members and coaches were killed.

Only one team member, Carmen Rosa Sabater survived that terrible accident because she had been called back to Puerto Rico after the second game to be honored by the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee as the Outstanding Volleyball Player of the Year.

After several decades of mourning that tragic loss, Puerto Rico has slowly build another formative team that ranks among the top 16 teams in the world.

The ladies will be playing this weekend in San Juan’s Roberto Clemente Coliseum in preparation for a berth in this year’s Olympic in Brazil. Friday they will play Algeria at 8:00 p.m . Saturday, again at 8:00 pm they will face Columbia and Sunday they will close the tournament Vs. Kenya at 6:00.

Both, the Volleyball Association and the Olympic Committee are promoting the team and urging all Boricuas to come out and support the young ladies en route to Brazil.

Given the economic crisis facing the island nation these games and supporting these young ladies could be a healthy distraction that the entire island needs, even if just temporary.

I urge our readers to watch the following video to understand more on the history, present and future of Puerto Rico’s National Female Volleyball Team.


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