With the Puerto Rican League now well underway, the Chicago Untouchables want to highlight two of their all-star players competing in the Caribbean province. Both libero Juan Rosa Melendez and outside hitter Nick Ramos have been instrumental in getting the Untouchables to the 2021 NVA Championship tournament and are now making a significant impact on their new teams.
For Juan Rosa, this will be his 10th season playing in Puerto Rico but playing for a new team with the Cafeteros de Yuaco! Previously Juan has played with Leones de Ponce, Coama Maratonistas, Cariduras de Fajardo, Changos de Naranjito, Criolles de Caguas, and the Atenienses de Manati. The Cafeteros are located on the southwest side of the island and have been around since 1958. Their dynasty period in the league was during the ’60s, and ’70’s when they won seven championships and seven 2nd place finishes.
Some recent notable players for the Cafeteros include LA Blaze’s libero, Ricardo Massanet Laureano. As well as USC alumni Jon Rivera, who played with Texas Tyrants outside hitter Gianluca Grasso back in 2018/19.
For Nick Ramos, this will be his first professional season outside of the NVA, signing to play with Patriotas de Lares. It also happens to be the first year of the Patriot’s reconception after its hiatus since 2016. The move to bring back the club was a significant NVA collaboration with previous Matadors manager Natasha Mills and OC stunner’s owner Bill Li to take on the team and relocate the club back to its hometown of Lares. Ramos will also be joined on the court by LA Blaze Opposite, Joseph Andrew Cuevas Torres.
Everyone with the Chicago Untouchables wishes Juan, Ramos, and both teams the best of luck this season. They all look to make history as they push to make the podium for the first time in years. Fans can stay up to date with both players and teams this season by following Juan Rosa (@rosa_juan18), Nick Ramos (@ramos.619), the Patriotas (@patriotasdelares), and the Cafeteros (@CafeterosVoli) on Instagram/Facebook. The league is already in its 2nd week, so make sure you catch some of the action before it is all over!
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NVA Staff Writer