Rico already trained at the CAR
TIJUANA, Mexico, July 2, 2010 - The national team
of Puerto Rico already trained at the High Development Center as
one of the ten teams to compete in the NORCECA Women’s Junior
Continental Championship through July 5-10.
After their first night on Mexican soil at the
CAR’s athletic village, the Puerto Rican woke up in great
spirits to train under the supervision of head coach Alejandro
Arconada. Then they had the chance to have a Mexican style
lunch-buffet prepared by the specialized personnel which works
with high quality standards.
Their training session started at noon with the
obvious attention drew by three very tall players including Alba
Hernandez who surpasses the 2 meters with only 15-years-old.
Another is Neira Ortiz, the daughter of a very
famous NBA player, the most important that the Island of Charms
ever had, Jose “Piculin” Ortiz and that’s the reason of her 1.97
meters, only that the girl preferred volleyball over basketball,
a sport where she is starting to stand out.
Twelve players are part of this Puerto Rican
squad who are also members of the high performance program of
Puerto Rico which started successfully three years ago with
players of 12 years-old.
Shara Venegas is the libero and the rest of the
players are Daly Santana, Pilar Victoria, Keila Rodríguez,
Génesis Collazo, Diana Reyes, Jennifer Quesada, Ana Sofía Jusino
y Ashley Vázquez.
Puerto Rico is approaching this competition very
seriously even though they choose Mexico as pre-tournament
favorites. “I think they must be the champions due to their
preparation matches and the fact of playing at home which is an
“We will be looking for the best possible
result,” said both Arconada and his assistant Erick Rodriguez,
“we have a long term project but being loyal to the players of
Besides Mexico, Dominican Republic is another
team that must be battling for the title without taking from the
teams of Cuba and United States “who will be a box of