For Puerto Rico 2016 was a historic season, as they made their debut Olympic appearance at the Rio 2016 Games, finishing 11th after an 0-5 run in pool play. Puerto Rico have appeared at the FIVB World Championships six times - consecutively since 2002. Their best made their best finish of 12th in 2002.
They have enjoyed better results in continental competitions twice just missing out on the bronze of the Pan American Games after finishing fourth in the 1959 round robin final tournament and losing the bronze medal match 3-1 to the Dominican Republic in 2015. Puerto Rico also claimed bronze at the latest edition of the Pan American Cup, last year, after finishing runners-up to the Dominican Republic in 2016. They took the silver medal at the 2009 NORCECA Championships, came fourth in 2011 and claimed bronze at the last two editions. Puerto Rico made eight appearances at the FIVB World Grand Prix with their best tranking a 10th place in their 2009 debut.