Dominican Republic are heavy favourite in NORCECA-C
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, November 2, 2012 – The
Dominican Republic are the heavy pre-event favorite side as the
NORCECA-C First Round Tournament of the 2014 Men’s World
Championship gets underway on Saturday morning in Santo Domingo.
Osiel Vasquez, the Cuban coach of the home side, is confident
about his team’s chances of finishing on the top position at the
conclusion of the four-team competition. U.S. Virgin Islands,
Guadeloupe and Haiti are the other participants.
“We have been training hard for four months now and the
preparation has been very good,” Vásquez said on the eve of the
start of the tournament. “We began training for the Pan American
Cup, then played the World League qualification tournament and
took part in the U-23 Pan Am Cup.”
“Sixty percent of that team is going to play here,” Vásquez
added. “Our goal is to finish first here to be in a good
position for next year’s round.”
The Dominican Republic meet Guadeloupe in the opening match of
the competition followed by the match between U.S. Virgin
Islands and Haiti.
“Our team has been training for the past two months,”
Guadeloupe’s coach Ismael Olivier said. “Our goal is to finish
among the top three teams here to secure the pass to the next
Mark Daniel, the U.S. Virgin Islands coach, said his team is a
mix of veteran and junior players good enough to guarantee the
ticket to the next phase.
“We expect to compete,” Daniel said. “We are bringing some of
the older players mixed with members of our junior team. We won
the silver medal in the Trinidad & Tobago tournament and we
expect at least to play in the final match of this
Haiti’s Yves Joseph Lemieux stressed on the good physical
condition of his team and commented also on the technical
“We have been training for two months and our physical condition
is good,” Lemieux said. “We have a good offensive presence but
also need to work on the serve reception and the overall
The NORCECA-C is the seventh men’s qualification tournament
towards the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship to be held in
The preliminary enquiry and the general technical meeting took
place on Friday under the supervision of Nelson Ramirez,
NORCECA’s general manager.