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Coaches looking forward to the challenge of Women’s Continental in Canada


LANGLEY, Canada, September 27, 2017 - The NORCECA Senior Women’s Continental Championship and World Championship Qualification Tournament (Group B) begins on Thursday in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.


Four teams – host Canada, St. Lucia, Nicaragua, and Cuba – will compete at the Langley Events Centre with two countries gaining berths for the 2018 World Championships.


The coaches shared their thoughts on this qualifier today during the preliminary inquiries.


Marcello Abbondanza, head coach of Canada: “Our expectation is to qualify for the World Championship in Japan, but this is not enough - we have to also to show the work that we’ve done all summer to grow and develop as a team.”


Kendell Charlery, head coach of St. Lucia: “It’s not very often that we get to play at such high level. The team is prepared and ready to make the best of it, and show the world a little bit of what St. Lucia can do. We want to give it our best as we step into the ‘land of the giants’ as they say, so we will try to put on a good showing for our country.”


Rene Quintana, head coach of Nicaragua: “We are aware that there are other teams here that play at a high level, and we have the commitment to fight hard during each match. We want to give it the best we have, and this is good preparation for the Central American Games, which will be hosted in Managua, Nicaragua, in December.”


Wilfredo Robinson Pupo, head coach of Cuba: “Of course, we aim to qualify for the World Championship, which is next year in Japan. The players have this goal in mind, and we are well prepared for this competition. We expect to make the best of this opportunity and we’re looking forward to a very competitive, exciting match with Canada on Saturday.”