Women’s Pan Am Games tournament kicks off on Saturday
GUADALAJARA, Mexico, October 14, 2011 – The women’s volleyball
tournament of the XVI Pan American Games starts on Saturday
featuring four matches at the Pan American Volleyball Complex
with a seating capacity of 4,000 spectators.
The first match of the day see United States pitted against
Puerto Rico at 13:00 (local time) followed by the match of
defending champions Cuba against Canada at 15:00.
Hosts Mexico meets Peru at 18:00 and the opening day action
concludes with the match between world top-ranked Brazil
battling Dominican Republic.
The women’s tournament has seen different champions in the past
three editions of the games with Brazil winning in 1999 at
Winnipeg, Canada, the Dominican Republic winning at home in
Santo Domingo 2003 and Cuba taking the title at Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil in 2007.
Cuba is the most prolific gold medal winner of this tournament
claiming a total of eight crowns including seven in a row
starting in Cali, Colombia in 1971 and continuing the streak
until Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1995.
Volleyball was included in the Pan American Games program for
the first time in 1955 and besides Cuba, Brazil has won three
gold medals with Mexico, United States and Dominican Republic
each with one title.
The eight-team competition begins has sides divided into two
pools. The pool winners advance directly to the semifinal phase
while second and third place teams move on to the quarterfinals.
Brazil will play in Pool A along with Cuba, Dominican Republic
and Canada. Pool B includes the United States, Peru, Puerto Rico
and hosts Mexico. The preliminary round schedule is as follows:
Pool A: Cuba v Canada, Brazil v Dominican Republic
Pool B: United States v Puerto Rico, Mexico v Peru
Pool A: Cuba v Dominican Republic, Brazil v Canada
Pool B: United States v Peru, Puerto Rico v Mexico
Pool A: Dominican Republic v Canada, Brazil v Cuba
Pool B: Peru v Puerto Rico, United States v Mexico
Year by Year Podiums
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1955 MEX USA BRA
1959 BRA USA PER
1963 BRA USA MEX
1967 USA PER CUB
1971 CUB PER MEX
1975 CUB PER MEX
1979 CUB PER BRA
1983 CUB USA PER
1987 CUB PER USA
1991 CUB BRA PER
1995 CUB USA CAN
1999 BRA CUB USA
2003 DOM CUB USA
2007 CUB BRA USA