Coaches with different goals in Santo Domingo
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 12, 2017 – While
teams of Guatemala and Jamaica are looking to get experience in
their development process, the squads of Dominican Republic and
Puerto Rico are aiming to get the two tickets available to next
year’s FIVB Women’s World Championship.
The four sides are competing at the NORCECA Group A Final
Qualification Tournament to take place in Santo Domingo from
October 13 to 15. At the same dates, Trinidad & Tobago are
hosting Mexico, Costa Rica and Dominica in Group C.
Canada and Cuba already secured berths in Japan at the Group B
tournament held in Langley, Canada.
The United States are also qualified as current world champions.
Coaches of the teams made their statements during the
preliminary inquiry performed on Thursday by members of the
William Fernández/ Coach of Guatemala:
“It is a great opportunity to play against teams of good level
like Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and get the experience.
The goal is to beat Jamaica and improve our ranking within
Ricardo Chong/ Coach of Jamaica:
“It is a very tough tournament since we will play against very
strong teams but we will try to play our best game and get the
experience. The last time we had the chance to play against
Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic was four years ago.”
Javier Gaspar/Coach of Puerto Rico:
“The objective is to get the ticket to the world championship in
Japan. Each match is important and we want to secure the
qualification as quick as possible and to avoid the possibility
of deciding it in the last match against Dominican Republic. We
don’t underestimate any opponent so we will go out to play hard
Marcos Kwiek/Coach of Dominican Republic:
“Our first objective is to qualify to the world championship and
also to keep a high level in our game. We have worked well
before the tournament so I will demand from my players to give
their best since from here we start our preparation for the
world event. We all respect each opponent.”