Five women’s teams for one spot in Trinidad


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 14, 2014 - Trinidad and Tobago will host the NORCECA Final Qualifying Tournament for the Women’s World Volleyball Championships from Wednesday until Sunday at the Sport & Physical Education Centre of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.


Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and T&T, the runners-up in the five groups in the third and final round of NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) qualifying recently, will be involved and the winning team will secure the 24th and final place in the World Championships, to be staged in Italy from September 23 to October 12.


Costa Rica is only one of the participating countries with experience in “Worlds” and, they have, in fact, competed in the last two editions of the tournament.


They were last involved in the Pan American Cup in Mexico when they placed tenth of 11 in Mexico last month.


The hosts finished eighth in that tournament to secure the final NORCECA ticket to World Grand Prix in July next year in the United States.


T&T, the lowest-ranked team in that tournament at No. 31 in the world, did not win a match and ended up 11th and last, but they did take the first two sets in their clash against the Mexicans.


T&T have beaten both Costa Rica and Mexico before, but not in the same tournament.


There is very little between them in the world rankings as Mexico is ranked 28th in the world, one place ahead of Costa Rica and three in front of T&T.

The Nicaraguans are ranked 46th, while the Panamanians bring up the rear at No. 55 in the world.


The teams are expected to start arriving on Monday 14th and the technical meeting on Tuesday 15th at the team’s Hotel in Port of Spain.


Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United States will be the other NORCECA representatives in the World Championships.