The Puerto Rican league

  • I do not know a whole lot about the league other than the hometown teams usually draw a large crowd for each match especially in the playoffs. The Puerto Rican league is a destination for several USA players who have recently completed their university education and are not ready or willing to play in Europe or Asia.


    I am enclosing a post from VolleyTalk that discusses the UCLA Puerto Rican connection. The link to the original new article no longer works was in Spanish and the poster used an internet translator for the post...


  • The Puerto Rican league is a destination for several USA players who have recently completed their university education and are not ready or willing to play in Europe or Asia.


    Is Jim Polster (American OH) playing in Puert Rico? I saw his name in roster of one team, but in "position" was "medio" and "nationality - Perto Rico" :roll:

  • Yes indeed Jim Polster is playing in Puerto Rico. Every Friday, the Puerto Rico Professional Legaue games are being streamed live and free at MediaSports (www.mediasports.tv). You just have to register and log in. Actually, last Friday (July 25) Polster played. His team is not doing that good though.


    On another note, it is true that some recently college graduates have played in the Puerto Rico league, tbut here are lots of top professionals who play or have played at the Puerto Rico Men's League (Milinkoivc-ARG, Araujo-BRA, Fusch-BRA, Salmon-USA, Billings-USA, Contreras-MEX, Stanley-USA, Ptak-USA, Cala-CUB, Contreras-DOM, DeSouza-BRA, Touzinsky-USA, Cardona-CUB, McKenzie-USA, Pascual-ESP, David Lee-USA, Gardner-USA, Millar-USA, Yoko-FRA, Elgueta-ARG, amongst many others). The league is rather short (3 and 1/2 months), but is good pay for such a short tournament, and the players go to Europe afterwards.


    Watch the games, every Friday at 8pm EST, 7pm CT, 5 pm PT. If in Europe, it would be from 12 midnight on, depending on where u are.


    :thumbsup:

  • Playoffs of Puerto Rico League at MediaSports (http://www.mediasports.tv)


    Changos de Naranjito vs. Plataneros de Corozal


    Sunday, September 21, 2008
    7:00 pm (Atlantic/Eastern Time)
    6:00 p.m. (Central Time)
    4:00 pm (Pacific Time)


    Changos de Naranjito
    Emmanuel Batista
    Víctor Bird
    Maikel Bastida (CUB)
    Milton Marrero
    Miguel Rodríguez
    Pablo Guzmán
    Erick Haddock
    Juan Rivera
    Russell Holmes (USA)
    Jorge Alifonso
    Sirianis Méndez (CUB)
    Omar Rivera


    Plataneros de Corozal
    Paul Lotman (USA)
    David Menéndez
    José Alvarado (VEN)
    Edwins Montaño (VEN)
    Ángel Dariel Rolón
    Joel Rivera
    Ezequiel Cruz
    Joseph Gil
    Fernando Morales
    Alexis Matias
    Juan Figueroa
    David McKenzie (USA)
    Saúl Morales




  • Playoffs Continue on MediaSports. Both teams need to win to advance to the semifinals.


    Changos de Naranjito vs. Patriotas de Lares


    Friday, September 26, 2008
    8:00 pm (Atlantic/Eastern Time)
    7:00 p.m. (Central Time)
    5:00 pm (Pacific Time)


    Changos de Naranjito
    Emmanuel Batista
    Víctor Bird
    Maikel Bastida (CUB)
    Milton Marrero
    Miguel Rodríguez
    Pablo Guzmán
    Erick Haddock
    Juan Rivera
    Russell Holmes (USA)
    Jorge Alifonso
    Sirianis Méndez (CUB)
    Omar Rivera


    Patriotas de Lares
    Luis Palacios
    Gregory Berríos
    Khristopher Krausharr
    Jorge González
    Josué Núñez
    Johnatan King
    Julio Gabriel Acevedo
    Damien Scott (USA)
    Dimar López
    Bolívar Bermúdez
    Abdriel Cardona
    Steve Klosterman (USA)


  • Final


    Plataneros de Corozal vs. Patriotas de Lares


    Plataneros de Corozal
    Paul Lotman (USA)
    David Menéndez
    José Alvarado (VEN)
    Edwins Montaño (VEN)
    Ángel Dariel Rolón
    Joel Rivera
    Ezequiel Cruz
    Joseph Gil
    Fernando Morales
    Alexis Matias
    Juan Figueroa
    David McKenzie (USA)
    Saúl Morales


    Patriotas de Lares
    Luis Palacios
    Gregory Berríos
    Khristopher Krausharr
    Jorge González
    Josué Núñez
    Johnatan King
    Julio Gabriel Acevedo
    Damien Scott (USA)
    Dimar López
    Bolívar Bermúdez
    Abdriel Cardona
    Steve Klosterman (USA)


    Game 1: Monday, October 13
    Game 2: Wednesday, October 15



  • Final - game 2
    Plataneros de Corozal vs. Patriotas de Lares 3-1 (25-21, 17-25, 25-21 y 25-22)



    Final - game 3
    Patriotas de Lares vs. Plataneros de Corozal 3-2 (16-25, 26-24, 25-22, 17-25 y 17-15)


    Game 4: Monday, October 20

  • Final - game 4
    Plataneros de Corozal vs. Patriotas de Lares 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17)





    Final - game 5
    Plataneros de Corozal vs. Patriotas de Lares 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21)
    Corozal: Fernando Morales-David McKienzie, Joseph Gil-David Menéndez, Paul Lotman-Juan Pablo Porello. Libero: Joel Rivera
    Esequiel Cruz, Dariel Rolón
    Lares: Gaby Acevedo-Dimar López, Tim May-Josué Núñez, Damien Scott-Brock Ullrich. Libero: Gregory Berríos
    Jonathan King, Jorge González y Bolívar Bermúdez


    Plataneros de Corozal Champion of Puerto Rico League 2008

  • Thank you for your help but I want an opinion from somebody who see this players as I have already reviewed the information which is available in Puerto Rican federation site


    Thank you again for your help

  • Puerto Rico needs to find a way to pay players more. Players can't live on $20k. They can go to other countries. The PR league is very good. They deserve to have players there, but it comes at a cost.

  • This is a great photo of Steve Klosterman. '07's championship was a fantastic achievement for the Changos. Losing those great players from the year before I'm sure the fans did not think they had a chance in '07. But the gringos came through!!


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