A blue print for Mexican volleyball program starts in Turkey
Ankara, Turkey, August 22, 2011- Among other rising teams at the
2011 Girls’ Youth World Championship in Turkey, Mexico girls
team who finished at the 12th position attracted all the media
with the fighting performance of the players and their
motivation during all their matches giving an example for a
rising international force from Norceca.
Mexican Volleyball has a great tradition and history. It is a
very popular sport after football and boxing and its organised
process started during the first decade of the fifties in the
Now there is a new plan and structure that has become as part of
a massive competition stage known as the National Junior Olympic
Program sponsored by the National Sports Commission as well as
the Mexican Volleyball Federation along with regional
Due to this commitment, a new generation of players has been
taken as the base of a long term project. The first glimpse was
seen during the 2010 Norceca Championship played in Guatemala.
Mexico clinched a berth to play the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World
Championship, along with Puerto Rico and the United States, as
part of the Norceca Confederation.
The qualification for that tournament gave Mexican Girls’ Youth
Volleyball the opportunity to start a long term process with
participation at U20 and U18 Pan American Cups in Peru and
Mexico, when the team coached by Cuban coach Víctor Garcia
finished in the fourth and second places.
Part of the Mexican roster that has played at the World
Championship in Turkey may get the chance of being called up to
the Pan American Games, scheduled in Guadalajara next October.
Mexican prospects that have caught attention internationally are
Samantha Bricio and Alejandra Isiordia, as well as libero and
opposite Gabriela Zazueta. Some of those players along with
Gabriela Nieto as well setter and captain Alicia Castro, and
young centre Lizbeth “Seo” Sainz, have been followed by some
scouts of American universities.
Maybe Mexico could not reach the Top 8 group at this
championship in Turkey, but the program keeps on, due to the Pan
American Games as well as the Central American and Caribbean
Games process for 2014.
This new generation is has an ultimate goal: the Mexico 2020
Project. Volleyball is a very important part of it along with
some other disciplines. The learning curve is so complex that
along with coach García, a 1976 Olympic Medalist, and some
experienced assistants like Dominican Evelyn Carreras.
Carreras arrived to Mexico in 2011 to work in Baja California
with the liberos, and after a few months she was called up to
cooperate with the Mexican National team due to her experience
in professional stages such as the Puerto Rican and Italian
The Mexican Federation is convinced that international exposure
is the key to achieve success and look for experience and
formation for a generation that has just started to take their