Juantorena is out of the Globe Awards contest


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, February 3, 2013 – Cuban-born Osmany Juantorena was eliminated during the semifinal phase of the Volleyball Globe award contest whose results were published on Saturday by the website Volleyball.it.


The native of Santiago de Cuba received a 37 percent of the electronic votes of the fans to a 63 percent in favor of Bulgarian Matey Kaziyski. Both players currently play for Trentino Diatec in the Italian League.


In the final round among the Spikers, Kaziyski will compete against Italian Ivan Zaytsev who defeated Poland’s Bartosz Kurek 55-45.


In other results:


Brazilians Raphael Vieira De Oliveira and Bruno Rezende both advanced to the finals as the most voted among the Setters while Bulgaria’s Tsvetan Sokolov will go against Croatia’s Igor Omrcen among the Opposites.


The finalists of the Middle Blockers will be Serbia’s Marko Podrascanin and Italia’s Emanuele Birarelli while Italian Andrea Bari will go against France’s Hubert Henno as Liberos.


Vieira De Oliveira won 57-43 against Serbia’s Nikola Grbic and Rezende defeated Italia’s Dragan Travica 54-46. Sokolov won 60-40 against Italia’s Michal Lasko while Omrcen had a 53-47 margin against Bulgaria’s Vladimir Nikolov.


Podrascanin won 60-40 over Russia’s Dmitry Muserskiy and Birarelli outlasted Brazil’s Sidnei dos Santos 59-41. The Italian Bari outdistanced Poland’s Krzysztof Ignaczc 61-39 while Henno edged Brazilian Sergio Dutra dos Santos 52-48.


The final phase of the fans’ poll will take place from February 11-18 while the semifinal round of the women’s will run from February 4-8.


 Volleyball Globe on the net is a volleyball prize yearly awarded to players who stood out more in the last calendar year, playing in a club of any national championship in the world, and with their national team.


The vote will take place in two phases.


The first will consist of a popular vote of the international Volleyball.it readers through polls published in a dedicated section of the website, with male and female players divided by role; later on, a subsequent vote of an enlarged jury, made by more than 100 volleyball journalists gathered worldwide, will have the leading value to the award of two absolute prizes.


The jury of journalists will be given a list of all male and female players included in the survey previously mentioned, asking them to indicate five absolute names in a ranking from 1st to 5th place, both for men and women.


The prize will be awarded to the best male player and the best female player in the world, and there will be partial awards for each male and female role (setter, opposite, spiker, middle blocker and libero).