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Bahamas defeat Martinique in straight sets

 

Bahamas' women defeated Martinique 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 during the third day of the Seventh Caribbean Junior Volleyball Championship at Baie-Mahault in Guadeloupe.
 

Coraline Joseph-Rose from Martnique got 9 points including 3 aces, but it was not sufficient to take her team to victory against Bahamas. Avoni Seymour made the difference with 12 points including 4 aces and led her team to victory.  More


Cuba nearing the semi final round in Men’s Juniors

 

PUNE, India, August 5, 2009 - Cuba defeated United States 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 with the slimmest of margins on Wednesday during the second day of Pool F competition of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship being played at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.
 

Cuba improves to 2-0 and is in a good position to advance to the semifinal match on Aug. 8. USA falls to 0-2 in the four-team round-robin second-round pool and is in danger of not advancing to the semifinal round. More Spanish


Martinique and French Guyana go to semi finals

 

Martinique defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3 sets to 1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-23-25-18) for its second victory in the Caribbean Juniors Championship. Jordan Marie Antoinette led the winning side with 18 points and Simon Blake was the best Trinidadian with a match-high 22 points.

 

Martinique now with 2 wins tops the group and goes directly into the semifinals.  They now joined there other French territory team French Guyana who also has 2 wins to top their group and will also go into the semi finals. French Guyana male team didn’t waste their  time. More


Cuba starts Top Eight round on the right foot

 

PUNE, India, August 4, 2009 The FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship second round started Tuesday with classification rounds for the Top Eight and 9-16 at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

 

Cuba, Belgium, Brazil and India all earned victories to start the second round top eight classification pools on the right foot. The top eight teams consists of countries which placed first or second in its first-round pool that took place July 31-Aug. 2. The 9-16 classification teams are comprised of teams which finished in the bottom. More Spanish


Guadeloupe’s women beat Martinique in straight sets

 

It was the clash of the two French teams at the opening ceremony game. 

 

Guadeloupe with a new but tall female team was hoping to capture the media attention with an opening game win and this they did.  This was the first time that people of Guadeloupe were able to see their team perform and they crushed their opponent in a three-set victory to start the tournament in a positive note. In another match, Bahamas and Barbados were both started fighting. More


What the coaches said before the start in Guadeloupe

 

The technical meeting of the Seventh Caribbean Junior Volleyball Championships took place at Hotel Fort Fluer d’ epee.  After the technical meeting the coaches had their say and expectations:

 

Trinidad & Tobago- Gideon Dickson (Male Team): Our team composes of some players from 2007 and we are working hard to improve on our last performance in UD Virgin Island. More


Cuba and USA advance to second round in Men’s Junior 

 

PUNE, India, August 2, 2009  - Cuba edged France 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 15-13 on the third and final day of FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship first-round Pool C at Pune, India. Cuba and France and Argentina all finished both 2-1 but France was left out of the second round in terms of the point ratio.

Wilfredo Leon Venero pounded out 24 points for Cuba, while Rolando Cepeda Abreu added 23 points. Armando Danger Mulen chipped in 16 points for the Cubans. USA lost to India 25-23, 25-21, 25-18. India and USA both concluded the Pool A with 2-1 records, as well did Belarus. More Spanish


Cazova's Juniors Technical Meeting in Guadeloupe

 

The technical meeting of the 7 Caribbean junior volley ball championship took place on the morning of 1 August 2009 before the start of the tournament.

 

The organizing committee was complimented for their efforts made to ensure that all the teams and comfortable and ready for the start of the tournament.  Tony Feuliiard (LOC president) presented  by the organizational committee. More


Dominican Republic Closes with Hard-Fought Victory Over Korea and claims third place in China

 

NINGBO, China, August 2, 2009 - Dominican Repubic secured its first victory at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix after overcoming Korea in five sets on Sunday.

 

After losing to host China and Russia earlier this week, Dominican Republic won its last match in Pool C, 25-22, 25-12, 18-25, 24-26, 15-10 in 112 minutes.

 

South Korea's Kim Yeon-Koung scored a game-high 22 points, 21 from spikes, while Bethania de La Cruz (20 points) led four Dominican players in two-digits. Annerys Vargas, Milagros Cabral and Alttagracia Mambru had 16. More Spanish


USA won a thriller over Puerto Rico, Dominicans lost to Russia in five

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, August 1, 2009 - Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist the United States assured its first win in the FIVB World Grand Prix 2009 here Saturday at Maracanazinho Gymnasium. The American team overcame Puerto Rico in a thrilling five-set match, winning by 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14 and 15-13) in the teams’ second match in Pool A. With the win, the USA, that was overcame by Germany in the first match, has now three points in the tournament while the Puerto Rican scored two with looses to Brazil and the American. More Spanish


USA still unbeaten in Men’s Junior

 

PUNE, India, August 1, 2009 - The United States remained undefeated in the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship (U-21) Pool A by handling Tunisia 21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 on Saturday afternoon in Pune, India. While USA improves to 2-0, Tunisia falls to 0-2 in the pool.

USA captain Murphy Troy and Joseph Sunder sparked the Americans with 17 points apiece, while Antonio Ciarelli contributed 14 points. Ismail Moalla paced Tunisia with 16 points and Ahmed Kadhi added 10 points in the loss. More  Spanish


CAZOVA Junior Championship finds new host

 

Teams participating in the 7th Caribbean Junior Volleyball Championships started to arrive to day 31st July in the sunny Island of Guadeloupe.  Tony Feuillard, President of the Ligue De Guadeloupe de Volleyball and the Chairman of the Organising Committee is a very proud man greeting the Delegation at the airport as they arrive in preparation for the tournament.

 

“This event is a motivation for the staff and members of the Executive committee who for the last tow years was anticipating the hosting of this event”. “It is my hope that this event will help for the youth development. More

Preliminary Inquiry conducted with Team Barbados with Delegation head Carol-Lyn Edgill, Delegation Head

 

Bad start for Norceca’s teams in FIVB World Grand Prix

 

NINGBO, China, July 31, 2009 - China held off an under-form Dominican Republic to begin its World Grand Prix campaign with a 3-0 victory in Pool C on Friday evening.


In front of nearly 5,000 home spectators at the nearly full-packed Ningbo Beilun Sports and Arts Center, the Chinese team won the match 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 in just 61 minutes.

 

China's Xue Ming was the top scorer with 15 points, while Bethania de La Cruz de Pena had 11 points to lead the Dominican Republic. More Spanish


Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico lost in debut

 

NINGBO, China, July 31, 2009 - China held off an under-form Dominican Republic to begin its World Grand Prix campaign with a 3-0 victory in Pool C on Friday evening.

 

In front of nearly 5,000 home spectators at the nearly full-packed Ningbo Beilun Sports and Arts Center, the Chinese team won the match 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 in just 61 minutes.

 

China's Xue Ming was the top scorer with 15 points, while Bethania de La Cruz de Pena had 11 points to lead the Dominican Republic.In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-22, 25-17 and 25-17). More


Three teams of Norceca competing in FIVB WGP

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 31, 2009 –Teams from USA, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will represent NORCECA Confederation in the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix that kicks off in Brazil on Friday morning.

 

The first match of the tournament in Rio de Janeiro features hosts Brazil taking on Puerto Rico at 10:00 in the morning followed by the USA-Germany contest. Meanwhile in Ningbo, China, the Dominican Republic meets hosts China in the opening match of Pool C where Russia and Korea are also competing. More Spanish


USA and Canada have good start in Men’s Junior Worlds

 

PUNE, India, July 31, 2009 - The United States and Canada were victorious in the opening day of the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship while Cuba lost to Argentina in straight sets.

 

USA Team defeated Belarus 32-30, 21-25, 25-18, 30-28 and Canada came back to defeat Poland 19-25, 25-21, 15-25, 25-20, 15-11. Argentina captured a 25-20, 31-29, 25-16 victory over Cuba on Friday. Antonio Ciarelli led the U.S. with 23 points while Joseph Sunder chipped in 15 points. More Spanish


Coaches comment on teams’ chances in Men’s Junior 

 

PUNE, India, July 30, 2009 – The Norceca coaches representing teams at the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship held in Pune, India, discussed the opening round pool play at the coaches’ pre-event press conference Thursday evening as all teams eagerly await the start of competition on July 31 at Balewadi Sports Complex.

 

Chris Green (Canada):

“Canada wishes everyone here good luck. More Spanish


2009 FIVB Women's Junior Volleyball World Championship

Dominican Brenda Castillo was elected MVP

 

Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico, July 26, 2009 – Dominican Brenda Castillo was honored Saturday night as the Most Valuable Player of the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship.

Members of the media covering the competition as well as the members of the Control Committee took part in the voting process. The tiny but multi-talented Castillo of the runner-ups Dominican Republic was also selected as Best Digger, Best Receiver and Best Libero of the world. More Spanish


Germany wins the gold at Women’s Juniors
 

Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico, July 26, 2009 – Germany are the new world champions of Women’s Junior Volleyball following a 28-26, 26-24, 25-16 victory over Dominican Republic on Saturday night at Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali. Brazil took home the bronze medal.

 

The new world monarchs came from behind to win the first two sets and then dominated in the third chapter against what seemed a deflated Dominican side. Captain Sarah Petrausch paced Germany with 14 points and Laura Weihenmaier and Berit Kauffeldt charted 13. More Spanish


Dominicans knock-out Brazil off the throne, meet Germans for the gold

 

Mexicali and Tijuna, Mexicali, July 25, 2009 - The Women’s World Juniors will have brand new queens as Dominican Republic dethroned defending champions Brazil on Friday night outlasting the six-time monarchs with a convincing performance 25-21, 27-25, 23-25, 25-15 at Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali.

 

The Dominicans, whose previous best finish was a ninth place on four occasions, clash Germany in the gold medal match on Saturday. The best position ever for the Germans, winners over Bulgaria 25-21, 25-12, 27-25. More Spanish


Dominicans complete Final Four finalists in World’s Junior

 

Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico, July 22, 2009 – Highly combative Dominican Republic joined defending champions Brazil, Germany and Bulgaria as semi finalists of the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship following its thrilling victory over Turkey 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7 on Wednesday.

 

After Thursday’s rest day, Dominican Republic plays Brazil while Germany meets Bulgaria in Friday’s action at Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali. The offensive exploits of Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Lisvel Eve.  More Spanish


Dominican Republic vs. Turkey in crucial match

 

MEXICALI, Mexico, July 22, 2009 – Dominican Republic and Turkey will clash today in the battle for the one remaining ticket to the semi finals of the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship.

 

Defending champions Brazil, Bulgaria and Germany all have secured berths in Final Four round of the event after their successful outings in Tuesday’s action. The three teams improved to 2-0 records in the second phase of the competition. While Brazil and Bulgaria enjoyed smooth routes to the Final Four round. More Spanish


Dominican Republic starts second round sweeping Mexico  

 

MEXICALI, Mexico, July 21, 2009.- The Dominican Republic capped the first day of action in the Final Eight bracket of the Women’s Junior World Championship with a straight sets victory over Mexico by score of 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 in Pool F.

 

The taller Dominicans dominated their rivals in the blocking category 13-1 with Marifranchi Rodriguez totaling 8 blocks among her 11 points.

 

Ana Yorkira Binet paced the winners with 15 points and Jeoselyna Rodriguez and Lisvel Eve chipped in 12 and 11 points. Karla Sainz topped Mexico with nine tallies. More Spanish


Dominican Republic and Mexico suffered tough losses

 

MEXICALI, Mexico, July 19, 2008.- Brazil held off a resilient Dominican Republic to finish atop Pool C of FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship with a five-set victory on Saturday.

In a battle of 2 hours and four minutes between unbeaten teams in Mexicali, the six-time World Champions prevailed over the Dominicans by score of 25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-11.

The balanced attack of Brazil featured five players in double-figures with Aparecida Oliveira recording 13 points and Natiele Gonzalves and Glauciele Silva 12 apiece. Isadora Rodrigues and Beatriz Correa chipped in 11 and 10 respectively. Dominican Jeoselyna Rodriguez had a match-high 24 points and Lisvel Eve added 17 in the losing cause.
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Mexico and Dominican Republic secure berths in main bracket

 

MEXICALI, Mexico, July 18, 2009.- Mexico and Dominican Republic clinched berths in the main bracket of the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship following their victories on Friday’s night action at the State Auditorium of Mexicali.

 

Cuba lost on Saturday but is still in contention for one place in the 1-to-8 positions phase of the tournament. USA dropped to 0-2 and will have to play for the 9-to-12 spots in the final standings. The home team defeated Venezuela in four sets to keep.. More Spanish

Dominican libero Brenda Castillo executing a reception

   

Mexico prevails in dramatic match against Thailand

 

MEXICALI, Mexico, July 17, 2009 - Mexico edged Thailand in dramatic fashion of Pool A in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship at the State Auditorium of Mexicali. The score was 25-23, 14-25, 25-17, 20-25, 18-16.

 

Olivia Meza led five Mexican players in double figures with 17 points. Samantha Bricio (14), Xitlali Herrera (13), Karla Sainz (12) and Cecilia Rios (11) were the others. 

 

In Tijuana, Cuba defeated USA 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-11 in the second match of Pool D.

 

The Cubans seemed to have their batteries recharged while Americans looked tired and out of sync after three well contested frames. More Spanish


Four teams of Norceca among sixteen in Women World’s Juniors

 

TIJUANA, Mexico, July 16, 2009.- Four representatives from Norceca Confederation will be among the sixteen teams battling for the top honors in the FIVB Women’s Junior Championship through July 16-25.

 

Two-time winner Cuba and USA play in Pool D in Tijuana while hosts Mexico and Dominican Republic compete in Pools A and C respectively. Cuba, absent in the last two editions of the tournament for players under 20 years-old, took the titles in Italy (1985) and Brazil (1993). More Spanish


Puerto Rico is the first team qualified to Italy 2010 

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 10, 2009.- In another dramatic confrontation, Puerto Rico defeated Mexico in five sets to secure the ticket to the final phase of the 2010 Men’s World Championship in Italy.
 

The score of the match was 25-13, 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-8. The hosts dominated witout major problems the first and third sets, but Mexico showed its pride, and with an effective offense by Carlos Guerra and Jose Luis Martell dominated the second and forth legs. “We achieved the goal, we wanted to win no matter the way. Spanish More


Barbados hoping for a wild card to the Play-off

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 10, 2009.- Barbados scored a straight sets victory over U.S. Virgin Islands keeping alive its options of advancing to the Norceca’s Play-off round to be held next August. The score was 25-21, 25-21, 25-20.

Barbados took advantage of its experience as CAZOVA champions to prevail in the crucial moments of each frame.

“We had a great opponent in the U.S. Virgin Islands and that is good for our zone. About the tournament it was a good preparation for us.
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Sarai Alvarez elected MVP of Norceca-I

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 9, 2009.- Sarai Alvarez of Puerto Rico was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca-I third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship held in Caguas and won by the home team.

 

The heavy hitter Alvarez also took home the award as the Best Scorer of the three-day event held at Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum.

 

In addition to Alvarez’s two individual awards, Puerto Rican Debora Seilhamer was elected as Best Receiver and Best Libero and her teammate Vilmarie Mojica earned the Best Setter honor.Puerto Ricans Aurea Cruz and Sheila Ocasio were presented with the Best Spiker and Best Server awards respectively. More Spanish


Puerto Rico is the fourth Norceca’s team qualified to Japan

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 9, 2009.- Puerto Rico became the fourth team of Norceca region to book a ticket to the final round of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship after its 25-21, 25-19, 25-18 victory over Canada in the decisive match on Thursday.

 

The Puerto Ricans joined Dominican Republic, Cuba and United States as teams with berths in Japan’s world event next year. As runner-ups in this third round tournament, the Canadians move to a Playoff Round to be held next month in Tijuana, Mexico. More Spanish


Puerto Rico advances to match for the ticket to Italy

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, 9 de julio, 2009.-  Puerto Rico claimed its second victory in the Norceca-G third round tournament of the Men’s FIVB World Championship alter defeating Barbados in straight sets 25-11, 25-11, 25-11.

 

Luis Rodriguez and Victor Rivera led the balanced offense of the home team with seven points apiece. Shawn Simpson of Barbados had a match-high 12 ´points. “They didn’t play as we anticipated but we are ready for tomorrow’s match,” said Hector “Picky” Soto, the captain of Puerto Rico. “I think our team has reached another level. More Spanish


Jamaica claims third place in women’s Norceca-I

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, Juky 8, 2009.- The nacional team of Jamaica finished in third place in the Norceca-I third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship alter defeating Bahamas in three close sets on Thursday. The Jamaicans won by score of 25-23, 25-22, 25-23.

 

Lecia Brown, the captain of Jamaica, was the best scorer of the winners with 13 points while Cheryl Daley and Cherine Richards both contributed eight points to the victory. Cheryse Rolle recorded a match-high 14 points for Bahamas and Kelsie Johnson added nine points. More Spanish


Mexico wins in preparation for match with Puerto Rico

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 9, 2009 – México improved its win-loss record to 2-0 following its 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 over U.S. Virgin Islands in a contest of the third round tournament Norceca-G of the 2010 Men’s World Championship in Italy.

 

Mexico had a well balanced offense shared among its players with Jose Luis Martell standing out with 14 points and Gustavo Meyer with eleven. Gustavo Cintron topped U.S. Virgin Islands with nine points. Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach, used all his players in anticipation of Friday’s final match against Puerto Rico. More Spanish


U.S. Women Earn FIVB World Championship Berth, Defeats Costa Rica

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 8, 2009.- The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a spot into next year’s FIVB World Championship after topping Costa Rica 25-15, 25-9, 25-15 on Wednesday evening in Orlando to finish the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament - NORCECA Pool G with an undefeated 3-0 record.

 

As the second-place team, Costa Rica remains alive in the qualification process and will compete next month in the four-team NORCECA Playoff Round in Tijuana, Mexico. The Playoff Round. More  Spanish


Puerto Rico sweeps USA Virgin Islands in Men’s Norceca-G

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 8, 2009.- Puerto Rico needed only 60 minutes to defeat USA Virgin Islands in the second match of day one in the Norceca-G third round men’s tournament of the FIVB World Championship.

 

The local team, supported by around 2,000 spectators, dominated the match by score of 25-12, 25-16, 25-13.

 

“We could have played better and I think we have to strengthen our blocking. More Spanish


Netherlands Antilles Closes with Hard-Fought Victory Over Barbados

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 8, 2009.- Netherlands Antilles withstood a late Barbados charge to conclude the FIVB Women’s World Championship Qualification Tournament with a 25-22, 20-25, 27-25, 21-25, 16-14 victory Wednesday evening to finish with a 1-2 record during the four-team, three-day round-robin event being held at Orlando, Florida. Barbados concludes the tournament with a 0-3 record.

 

Netherlands Antilles’ Christine Anthony scored a match-high and tournament-leading single match total of 32 points, including 27 kills, four aces and a block. Sonela Philips added 16 points via 12 kills, three blocks and an ace.  More Spanish


Puerto Rico unbeaten in two outings in Norceca-I

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 8, 2009.- Puerto Rico had another night when dominated the opponent with its offense and serves. The home team won over Jamaica in straight sets 25-18, 25-16, 25-9 in the nightcap of day two in the Norceca-I third round tournament if the Women’s World Championship.

 

The winner of Thursday match between Puerto Rico and Canada advances to the final round of the event in Japan and the one which finishes second will go to a final playoff next August. The Puerto Ricans dominated in attacks 36-13 and scored a Puerto Rican team-record in aces with 16 for the match. More Spanish


Mexico opens Men’s Norceca-G with victory

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 8, 2009.- Mexico started its participation in the Norceca-G Men’s third round tournament of FIVB World Championship with a straight sets victory over Barbados at Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas.

 

The Mexicans, who arrived into this round by winning Group D second round competition, dominated by score of 25-21, 25-15, 25-15. “We had good moments, but when we were in the middle of the fight the pressure beat us. More Spanish


Canada claims second triumph in Women’s Norceca-I

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 8, 2009.- The National Team of Canada did not allow any breaks to rival Bahamas and made a quick job to claim its second win in the third round tournament Norceca-I of the 2010 Women’s World Championship.  The score was 25-12, 25-4, 25-9 in 52 minutes.

Arnd Ludwig, the coach of Canada, used the match to give playing time to all his personnel and rest his regulars for the key match of Thursday against Puerto Rico to decide the team who advances to the final round in Japan. More Spanish

Puerto Rico scores a convincing win over Bahamas

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2009.- Hosts Puerto Rico scored a convincing victory in straight sets over Bahamas by score of 25-15, 25-7, 25-10 in first day of action of Norceca-I third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The home team is considered a heavy favorite to win the single ticket available in the competition for the Final Round of the world event to be held next year in various cities of Japan. The Puerto Ricans dominated their opponents in every category with a margin of 40-9 in attacks, 6-2 in blocks and 13-0 in service aces. More Spanish


Canada recovers to defeat Jamaica

 

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2009.- The action of the third round tournament Norceca-I of the 2010 World Championship started with a triumph of the selection of Canada over Jamaica, but not without a close battle in the first set. The score was 26-24, 25-17, 25-10.

 

The Jamaicans created problems in the first set to the somehow surprised Canadians. Jamaica Team was ahead 24-23 but could not complete the job and lost 26-24. In the following sets the Canadians dominated their rivals almost completely. More Spanish


USA Women Blank Barbados

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 7, 2009.- The U.S. Women’s National Team handled visiting Barbados 25-6, 25-11, 25-12 on Tuesday evening to improve to 2-0 in the FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G being held at UCF Arena in Orlando.

 

The U.S. meets Costa Rica on Wednesday in the final match of the third-round qualification event. The winner will receive direct entry into the FIVB World Championship being played in November 2010 in Japan. The second-place team will compete in the four-team NORCECA. More Spanish


Costa Rica Tops Netherlands Antilles

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 7, 2009.- Costa Rica defeated Netherlands Antilles 25-16, 25-9, 25-23 on Tuesday evening to improve to 2-0 in the FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G being held at UCF Arena in Orlando.

 

Verania Willis notched a match-high 19 points with 14 kills, four aces and a block for Costa Rica. Sister Angela Willis chipped in 10 points in the victory, followed by Mariela Quesada’s nine points. Christine Anthony paced Netherlands Antilles with 13 points..  More Spanish


Puerto Rico and Mexico are favorites in Men’s Norceca-G

Caguas, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2009.- Hosts Puerto Rico and Mexico are the early favorites as top contenders for the single ticket available in Norceca-G tournament to the Final Round of the Men’s FIVB World Championship next year in Italy. 

 

While these two traditional regional powerhouses have the inside track in the race to Italy, the representatives of Barbados and U.S. Virgin Islands can’t be ruled out and are expected to represent a strong challenge to the other sides.  More


Puerto Rico and Canada expected to battle for ticket in Norceca-I

 

Caguas, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2009 - Hosts Puerto Rico and Canada are expected to battle for the single Final Round ticket available in the Women's NORCECA-I Pool of the FIVB World Championship to be played at Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum on July 7-9.

 

Puerto Rico, currently No. 19 in the FIVB World Ranking, will have the advantage of playing at home against the No. 23 Canadians, while Jamaica and Bahamas -second and third finishers in NORCECA-D - are considered long shots in the competition. More Spanish


United States Overwhelms Netherlands Antilles

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 6, 2009.- The United States opened the FIVB Women’s World Championship NORCECA Pool G with a 25-10, 25-9, 25-5 victory over Netherlands Antilles on Monday evening at UCF Arena in Orlando.

 

Tayyiba Haneef-Park and Cynthia Barboza led the United States in scoring with 11 points apiece. Jane Collymore added eight points, while Danielle Scott-Arruda chipped in seven points.

 

Christine Anthony provided Netherlands Antilles with a team-high four points, while Sonela Philips contributed three points.

 

Team USA held a 7-2 block advantage during the match, while adding a 9-0 margin in aces. More Spanish


Costa Rica Sweeps Barbados

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 6, 2009.- Costa Rica opened the FIVB World Championship NORCECA Pool G third round tournament with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Barbados on Monday evening at UCF Arena in Orlando.

 

Verania Willis paced Costa Rica with a match-high 15 points, while Paola Ramirez Vargas chipped in 10 points in the victory. Angela Willis contributed eight points and Dionisia Thompson was credited with seven points.

 

Julia Lewis led Barbados with 12 points in the loss, while Shari Matthews charted eight points. Janelle Chase-Mayers and Thonya Joseph each notched five points. More Spanish


USA Favored to Win World Championship Qualification Tournament

 

ORLANDO, Florida, July 6, 2009.- The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is hosting the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament for NORCECA Pool G July 6-8 at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla. NORCECA Pool G is a third-round qualification tournament into the World Championship.

 

Ranked second in the world, Team USA is considered the heavy favorite to earn the qualifier’s one berth directly into the FIVB World Championship. More Spanish


Dominican Bethania de la Cruz Named Most Valuable Player

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 4, 2009.- Dominican Republic’s Bethania de la Cruz was honored Saturday night as the most valuable player and best server of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center since June 26.

 

De la Cruz led Dominican Republic to the silver medal of the tournament and was the event’s second-leading scorer with 108 points, including a tournament-leading 0.83 service ace average and 20 aces. More Spanish


Brazil claims second title in Pan Am Cup

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 4, 2009.- Olympic champions Brazil claimed its second crown in the history of the Women’s Pan American Cup by scoring a convincing straight set victory over Dominican Republic in the gold medal match at University of Miami on Saturday. The score was 25-18, 25-20, 25-14.

 

The previous Brazilian title in the event was in 2006 when the competition took place in Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic was the defending tournament champion. The Brazilians’ serves and subsequent blocking.  More Spanish


Puerto Rico claims bronze medal

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 4, 2009.- Aurea Cruz hammered a match-high 27 points and Sarai Alvarez added 20 of her own leading Puerto Rico to a  25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory over USA and claiming the bronze medal of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup held at University of Miami.

 

It is the first medal for Puerto Rico in the history of the competition with its best finish being a fourth place in last year’s edition. Sheila Ocasio and Yarimar Rosa each contributed 8 points to the victory of Puerto Rico which outscored USA 61-48 in the attacks department. More Spanish


Peru held off Argentina in five sets

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 4, 2009.- Peru held off a resilient Argentina team prevailing 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 19-25, 17-15 in a titanic five-setter for fifth place of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup between two traditional South American rivals.

 

The match was a preview of the expected clash between the same two sides scheduled for three weeks later in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 22-26 where both teams most likely will be disputing the second place and a ticket to the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship. Hosts Brazil will be a heavy favorite in the competition with Venezuela as the fourth team competing for a berth in Japan. More Spanish


Canada earned seventh place over Costa Rica

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 4, 2009.- Canada swept Costa Rica 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 in the seventh place match of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup, a qualifier to next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix being held at the University of Miami.

 

The taller Canadians out-blocked their opponents 13-6 while the sides finished tied 5-5 in the aces category.

 

Tiffany Dodds topped Canada with 16 points including three blocks and one ace, and Nadine Alphonse totaled five blocks among her 10 points for the match.  More Spanish


Trinidad & Tobago Over Guatemala for Ten Place

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 4, 2009.- Trinidad & Tobago defeated Guatemala 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 in the ten place match on the final day of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at the University of Miami.

 

Krystle Esdelle paced Trinidad & Tobago with a match-high 21 points including 17 kills, three aces and a block. Jalica Ross and Kelly-Anne Billingy added nine points apiece in the victory. Susana Alvarado Gomez was credited with eight points for Guatemala, which finished Eleven. More Spanish


Brazil and Dominican Republic will dispute the Pan Am Cup title

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 3, 2009.- Olympic champions Brazil came back from one set down to defeat world second ranked USA in the semi finals of the Eight Women’s Pan American Cup at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

After losing the opening frame in a well fought battle, the Brazilians finally put everything together and displayed all their weapons the rest of the way to win by score of 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-14. The victory sends Brazil to a re-edition of last year’s gold medal match in Mexicali.  More Spanish


Dominicans made sensational comeback 

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 3, 2009.- The Dominican Republic made a sensational comeback to beat Puerto Rico in a five-set thriller advancing to the gold medal match of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup.

 

The defending champions recovered from two sets down and a four-point deficit (18-14) in the third frame to secure their fifth appearance in the finals of this qualifier to the FIVB World Grand Prix. The score was 34-36, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-9. More Spanish


Argentina vs. Peru for fifth place

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 3, 2009.- Argentina defeated Costa Rica in straight sets by score of 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 and will play Peru on Saturday for the fifth place in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup.

 

The Argentineans had to come from behind against a resilient opponent during the first two sets of the match but easily dominated in the third one. Georgina Pinedo and Georgina Klug led Argentina with 13 and 11 points respectively and Leticia Boscacci and Florencia Busquets added nine apiece. More Spanish


Peru to play for fifth place

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 3, 2009.- Peru defeated Canada 3-1 (29-27, 25-13, 16-25, 25-21) advancing to a match for the fifth position in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

The Peruvians, who outscored their rivals 6-1 in the aces category but were overmatched 13-6 by their taller opponents in the blocking department, next play the winner of the Argentina vs. Costa Rica match scheduled for later on Friday. More Spanish


Mexico Rallies Versus Trinidad & Tobago

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 3, 2009.- Mexico rallied from a 2-1 set deficit and 5-2 deficit in the fifth set to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 Friday to capture ninth place in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being played at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Trinidad & Tobago will play Guatemala on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET for 10th and 11th position. Mexico captain Migdalel Ruiz and Olivia Meza had matching 14 points for the winners, while Martha Revuelta charted 12 points for Mexico. More Spanish


Mexico scored major surprise against USA, Dominican Republic lost grueling battle to Italy
 

NAKKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand, July 3, 2009.- Mexico prevailed against USA in a heart-pounding, hotly contested five-setter during first day of action in Pool D of the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship.

 

The Mexicans avenged the USA in the contest that turned out to be a rematch of the Norceca Championship final clash. The Mexicans prevailed by score of 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 15-9 in Pool D action .Cecilia Rios led five Mexicans in double figures with 19 points. More Spanish


Puerto Rico advances to semi final round

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 2, 2009.- Puerto Rico defeated Argentina 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, claiming a semi final round ticket to play Friday afternoon against Dominican Republic in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Aurea Cruz recorded a match-high 24 points for Puerto Rico while Yarimar Rosa and Sarai Alvarez added 18 and 17 respectively. Georgina Pinedo and Leticia Boscacci were the best Argentinean scorers producing 13 and 12 points. More Spanish


Brazil dominates Peru, advances to match with USA

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 2, 2009.- Reigning Olympic champions Brazil swept Peru  25-11, 25-19, 25-14 in a battle of South American teams and moved to a semi final match against United States Friday night in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

The defeat dropped the Peruvians to the 5-8 positions round where they will compete against Canada, Costa Rica and the loser of the Argentina-Puerto Rico match. More Spanish


Costa Rica cruises to victory over Trinidad & Tobago

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 2, 2009.- Costa Rica swept Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 and advanced to the 5-8 positions round of the Eight Women’s Pan American Cup. In that stage of the tournament they will compete with Canada and the losing teams of the quarter finals phase.

 

Trinidad & Tobago will face Mexico in a match for the ninth position on Friday at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. Siblings Angela and Verania Willis paced the Costa Rican attack with 16 and 13 points.  More Spanish


Canada prevails against Mexico

 

MIAMI, Florida, July 2, 2009.- Canada prevailed in a tough five-set battle with Mexico advancing to the 5-8 positions round of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. The match lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes and the score was 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12.

 

The loss dropped Mexico to a match for the ninth position on Friday against the loser of the Costa Rica vs. Trinidad and Tobago later on Thursday. Captain Tammy Mahon produced 18 points for Canada. More Spanish


Dominican Republic Rallies past Olympic Champions

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 30, 2009.- Bethania de la Cruz tallied eight of her match-high 26 points in the tie-breaker leading the Dominican Republic to a thrilling victory over Olympic champions Brazil by score of 25-23, 19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13 Tuesday night at U.S. Century Bank Arena in Florida International University.

 

The win earned Dominican Republic a direct ticket to the semi final round of the competition, a qualifier to next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix. The Brazilians will meet Peru in the quarterfinals of Thursday. More Spanish


United States Battles Past Puerto Rico 3-1
 

MIAMI, Florida, June 30, 2009.- The United States edged Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23 in an emotional battle of unbeaten teams on Tuesday evening during the final day of five consecutive pool play matches during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.
  
 U.S. (5-0), as the winner of Pool A, earns an automatic berth into the semifinal round on July 3. In addition, the Americans earned a berth in to the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix with the victory and semifinal berth. 
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Costa Rica sweeps Mexico
 

MIAMI, Florida, June 30, 2009.- Costa Rica downed Mexico in a tight three-set match 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 to finish in fourth place of Pool A in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup held at BankUnited Center of University of Miami.

Costa Rica ends Pool A with a 2-3 win-loss record and meets Trinidad & Tobago on July 1. Meanwhile Mexico falls to 1-4 and fifth place on Pool A and next plays against Canada on Thursday. Costa Rican captain Verania Willis hammered 14 kills with three blocks and two aces en route to a 19 points night.  More Spanish


Canada recorded first victory

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 30, 2009.- Canada claimed its first victory in Pool B of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup by defeating Trinidad & Tobago 25-21, 25-10, 25-23 in the final day of preliminary pool-play round at U.S. Century Bank Arena of Florida International University.

 

The Trinidadians slowed down in the latter stages of set one after leading for the most part of it and came alive again at the end of set three against the more experienced Canadians. The winners held advantages of 10-4 and 8-4 in blocks and aces respectively. More Spanish


Peru Eases by Guatemala

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 30, 2009.- Peru topped Guatemala 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 Tuesday afternoon during the final day of five consecutive pool play matches during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Peru finishes Pool A in third place with a 3-2 record and advances to the quarterfinal round on July 2. Guatemala completes Pool A with a 0-5 record and next will compete for 11th place on July 4. Carla Ortiz led Peru with 15 points, while its captain Leyla Chihuan added 12 points.
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United States Tops Peru 3-0 

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 29, 2009.- The United States (4-0) defeated Peru (2-2) 25-22, 25-21, 26-24 on Monday evening during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

The victory sets up a key match between undefeated USA and Puerto Rico on the final day of pool play. The USA-Puerto Rico winner will automatically advance to the tournament’s second round and have two days to prepare as July 1 is an off day in the schedule and pool winners receive a bye on July 2. More Spanish


Argentina advanced to quarter finals of Pan Am Cup

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 29, 2009.- Argentina defeated Canada 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17 and finished with a 2-2 win-loss record in Pool B of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup. The victory granted Argentina the group’s third position and a ticket to the quarter finals phase.

 

Georgina Pineda led Argentina with 23 points and Leticia Boscacci added 14 tallies. Tonya Mokelki had 12 points for Canada and Tammy Mahon and Nadine Alphonse each contributed eleven tallies. “In every international competition we go, it’s very important to test our team against teams like Canada. More Spanish


Puerto Rico Topples Costa Rica to Stay Undefeated

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 29, 2009.- Puerto Rico remained undefeated in four outings during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-11 victory over Costa Rica (1-3) at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Aurea Cruz tallied a match-high 14 points for Puerto Rico and she was aided on the scoreboard by Sarai Alvarez and Yarimar Rosa, who each contributed nine points. Sheila Ocasio turned in seven points in the victory. Costa Rica was led by Verania Willis’ nine points, while Angela Willis added seven points. More Spanish


Brazil ready to meet Dominican Republic for top of Pool B

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 29, 2009.- Brazil defeated Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets 25-11, 25-14, 25-9 to tie with Dominican Republic for first place in Pool B of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup. The winner of Tuesday’s match between these two teams will decide the winner of the group and the automatic ticket to the semi final round.

 

Brazil (3-0) out-blocked its opponent 13-2 during the match which lasted 57 minutes. Caroline Gattaz led Brazil with 13 points, including six blocks and Adenizia Silva added 11 with three blocks. More Spanish


Mexico Secures Win Over Guatemala

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 29, 2009.- Mexico (1-3) topped Guatemala (0-4) 25-23, 25-12, 25-21 Monday afternoon during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Mexico captain Migdalel Ruiz came off the bench to score a match-high 17 points with 11 kills, three blocks and three aces. Martha Revuelta added 13 points and Olivia Meza chipped in 11. Maria A. Estrada Santizo and Rut Beatriz Gomes Guzman tallied eight points. More Spanish


Brazil blocked the road to Argentina

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2009.- Brazil defeated Argentina in Pool B third day of action in the Eighth Pan American Cup, but it was not an easy victory as the Olympic champions had to battle hard against their South American neighbors before prevailing by score of 26-24, 18-25, 25-13, 25-18.

 

After their slow start the Brazilians went into their usual rhythm and dominated the Argentineans for the last two sets. The Beijing gold medalists outscored their counterparts 23-4 in the blocking department for the match. More Spanish


United States Slides by Mexico

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2009.- The United States maintained its lead in Pool A of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a convincing 25-19, 25-14, 25-11 victory over Mexico Sunday evening at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Nancy Metcalf scored a match-high 20 points for the U.S., which included 16 kills, three blocks and an ace. Danielle Scott-Arruda and Jordan Larsen each recorded 11 points in the victory. Mexico (0-3) was led by captain Migdalel Ruiz and Martha Revuelta, who each racked up nine points. Olivia Meza chipped in four points in the loss. More Spanish


Mexico wins Men’s Beach in Jamaica

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 28, 2009.- Mexico made a perfect comeback to the Norceca Continental Circuit by winning the men’s fourth leg of 2009 with a victory over Jamaica in the final played at Barbicon Park.

 

The Mexican duo of Juan Virgen/Aldo Miramontes did not have problems to dominate the final match by score of 21-18, 21-13 over Jamaicans Mark Lewis/Danny Wilson).  The match was one dominated by the Mexicans right off the start, presenting smart tactics superior than the locals. More Spanish


USA wins women’s beach in Jamaica

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 28, 2009.- United States claimed its first title of the 2009 NORCECA Women’s Continental  Circuit byb defeating Puerto Rico in the final match in Jamaica which concluded today at Barbicon Park of this city.

 

Americans (Emily Day/Claire Robertson) relied on their strong blocking and strategic attacks to the opposite field. They dominated by score of 21-14, 21-18. More Spanish


Puerto Rico Edges Peru
 

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2009.- Puerto Rico defeated Peru 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 on the third day of Pool A action of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup Sunday evening at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. Both teams entered the contest with 2-0 records.

 

Puerto Rico (3-0) featured three players in double-figure scoring with Aurea Cruz leading with 12 points via nine kills, two aces and a block. Sarai Alvarez and Alexandra Oquendo each added 11 points in the victory. More Spanish


Dominican Republic swept Trinidad & Tobago

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2009.- Dominican Republic improved its Pool B win-loss record to 3-0 following the straight set victory 25-6, 25-7, 25-14 over Trinidad & Tobago in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the Florida International University’s U.S. Century Bank on Sunday.

 

“It was a good opportunity to use all my players and to get them in the rhythm of the game because we are going to need all of them against Brazil,” said Marcos Kwiek, the coach of Dominican Republic. More Spanish


Costa Rica won the Central American battle

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2009.- Costa Rica earned its first victory of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-21 win over Guatemala Sunday evening during a Central American battle at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center.

 

Costa Rica, which outscored its opponent 7-2 and 8-3 in aces and blocks respectively, improved to 1-2 win-loss record while Guatemala dropped to 0-3. Verania Willis led Costa Rica with 19 points, including two blocks, and her sister Angela Willis added 13 with two aces and two blocks. More Spanish


Dominicans came from behind again

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 27, 2009.- For second day in a row defending champions Dominican Republic had to come from behind to prevail in a match of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup. This time the victim was Canada by score of 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-21.

 

Dominican Milagros Cabral had 28 points with 26 attacks and two blocks, and Bethania de la Cruz added 19 including seven service aces. Prisilla Rivera Rivera charted 15 tallies and Lisvel Eve had seven blocks among her 10 points. More Spanish


Jamaica provides surprise with semi final ticket

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 27, 2009.- Taking advantage of their condition as host team, the pair of Jamaica provided the biggest surprise of the men’s bracket by advancing to the semifinal round of the fourth leg of the Third Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit at Barbicon Park of Kingston.

 

The tandem of Mark Lewis / Danny Wilson (fifth seeded) downed the top seeded Roberto Rodríguez/Orlando Irizarry of Puerto Rico booking a ticket to the Sunday’s semi finals to be placed at noon local time.  More Spanish


United States Blocks Guatemala

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 27, 2009.- The United States improved to 2-0 in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup after dominating Guatemala 25-7, 25-12, 25-7 Saturday evening at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Nine different players scored the U.S. Cynthia Barboza and Jane Collymore each provided nine points in the victory, while Angie Pressey came off the bench to added eight points. Christa Harmotto charted eight points in the victory, followed by seven from Tayyiba Haneef-Park. Guatemala (0-2) was led by Blanca E. Recinos Ocana tallied a team-high five points, all on kills.

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USA women’s pair remains unbeaten

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 27, 2009.- The United States maintained is condition as women’s top seeded and Puerto Rico offered a major surprise as both teams advanced to the semi final round of the fourth leg of the Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit.

The Americans Emily Day and Claire Robertson did not have difficulties against Canadians Kristina Long/Renee Laroque winning by score of 21-17, 21-17 and then won over Ana Fabian/Ingrid Carmona of Dominican Republic 21-15, 21-12. The Puerto Rican pair of Yarleen Santiago/Dariam Acevedo gave the biggest surprise of the day.  More Spanish


Puerto Rico Handles Mexico

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 27, 2009.- Puerto Rico downed Mexico 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 on the second day of pool play during the Women’s Pan American Cup being held through July 4 at Miami.

 

Puerto Rico (2-0) was led by Aurea Cruz’s 16 points on 10 kills, five blocks and an ace. Yarimar Rosa and Sheila Ocasio added 11 points apiece in the victory, while Alexandra Oquendo produced nine points. Mexico (0-2) was led by Martha Revuelta and Oliva Meza, who each turned in eight points. Puerto Rico out-blocked Mexico 11-3 for the match and had five aces to Mexico’s one. Mexico scored 27 points off Puerto Rico errors. More Spanish


Argentina breezed past Trinidad & Tobago

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 27, 2009.- Argentina evened its win-loss record at 1-1 following its 25-6, 25-15-25-8 over Trinidad & Tobago in the second day of action in Pool B of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the U.S. Century Bank Arena in Florida International University.

 

Yamila Nizetich topped Argentina with 12 points including two aces and one block and Lucia Fresco added 11 tallies with two aces and a pair of blocks. Darlene Ramdin and Krystle Esdelle scored six points apiece for Trinidad & Tobago. The Argentineans outscored their opponents 8-1 in the service aces category. “We could have played better with our complete team,” said Nicholson Drakes, the coach of Trinidad & Tobago. More Spanish


Peru swept Costa Rica
 

MIAMI, Florida, June 27, 2009.- Peru improved its win-loss record to 2-0 in Pool A of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup by defeating Costa Rica in a lopsided match by score of 25-14, 25-10, 25-11 at the BankUnited Center Arena in the University of Miami.

 

Veteran Leyla Chihuan led the victors with 15 points, including 10 kills, three service aces and two blocks, and Yulissa Zamudio, Carla Ortiz and Patricia Soto each contributed 12 tallies with Zamudio recording four blocks. Costa Rica, which dropped to 0-2, had Verania Willis as its best scorer with 10 points.  More Spanish


Day One in Jamaica without surprises

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 26, 2009.- The first day of action in the fourth leg of the 2009 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit at Barbicon Park of the Jamaican capital happened without major surprises. Eight of the nine participating teams advanced to the second round of the tournament.

 

The men’s tem of Puerto Rico and the women’s team of United States lead their respective genders with two victories in the pool phase. The Puerto Ricans Roberto Rodriguez and Orlando Irizarry defeated. More Spanish


United States Tops Costa Rica

 

MIAMI, Fla. (June 26, 2009) – The United States began the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a convincing 25-7, 25-6, 25-16 victory over Costa Rica on Friday evening at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Jordan Larson led all scorers with 14 points for the United States, while Nancy Metcalf added 11 points. Kristin Richards contributed nine points for Team USA. Middle blockers Heather Bown and Danielle Scott-Arruda chalked up seven and six points, respectively.

 

Verania Willis Lindo scored a total of seven points to pace Costa Rica and teammate Onikca Pinnock Gibbons added three points. More


Brazil trounced Canada

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 26, 2009.- Olympic gold medalists Brazil scored an easy victory over Canada in straight sets by score of  25-11, 25-12, 25-13 in the second match of Pool B of the Eight Women’s Pan American Cup played at the Florida International University’s U.S. Century Bank Arena.

 

Mari Steinbrecher topped the winners with 12 points, including three aces and one block, and Welissa Gonzalez contributed 10 points, all by kills.  More Spanish


Dominican Republic downs Argentina

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 26, 2009.- Defending champions Dominican Republic recovered from losing the opening set and defeated Argentina 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25 in Day One of the Eight Women’s Pan American Cup on Friday afternoon at Florida International University Arena.

 

Bethania de la Cruz tallied 20 points, including seven aces and two blocks to lead Dominican Republic and Prisilla Rivera added 18 with three blocks.  More Spanish


Peru Sweeps Mexico

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 26, 2009.- Peru opened the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-10 victory over Mexico on Friday evening at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Yulissa Zamudio tallied a match-high 12 points with six kills, three blocks and three aces for Peru. Carla Ortiz added nine points in the victory, all on attacks.

 

Mexico was led by its captain Migdalel Ruiz, who tallied eight points with seven kills and a block. More Spanish


Puerto Rico Stops Guatemala

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 26, 2009.- Puerto Rico opened the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a convincing 25-9, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Guatemala on Friday afternoon at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

 

Aurea Cruz led Puerto Rico with a match-high 17 points, which included nine kills and seven aces. Sarai Alvarez added 10 points for the victors.

 

Puerto Rico held a 15-4 advantage in aces, which presented service reception problems for Guatemala.  More Spanish


Coaches with different goals in the Pan American Cup

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 25, 2009.- The coaches participating in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup stated its objectives and goals one day away of start of the competition where four teams will book tickets to the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix.

 

Some of them have their teams battling in the qualification process toward next year’s World Championships, while others are beginning.  More Spanish


Dominican Republic ready to defend the title

 

MIAMI, Florida, June 25, 2009.- Defending champions Dominican Republic play Argentina in the first match of Pool B of the Eighth Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Florida International University, while hosts USA meet Costa Rica in Pool A at University of Miami on Friday.

 

Three-time runner-ups in the history of the intercontinental competition and also winners of three bronze medals, the Dominican squad won its first gold medal prevailing in a five-set battle with Brazil last year in Baja California, Mexico.

 

In their attempt to revalidate the crown, the Dominicans, currently No. 13 in the world by FIVB. More Spanish


Yanelis Santos was elected as MVP of Norceca-F

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 23, 2009.- Cuban Yanelis Santos was elected the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca-F Women’s tournament held at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.

 

Cuba won the competition with an unbeaten record and qualified to the Final Round of the World Championship in Japan next year.

 

Cuban Wilma Salas took home the honors as best attacker and best server, and Nicaraguan Myriam Blandino resulted the most distinguished as best digger and best libero. Nicaraguan Lolette Rodriguez and Guatemalan Walda Maldonado were the best setter and receiver respectively. More Spanish


Cuba qualified to Japan 2010

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 23, 2009.- Cuba defeated Guatemala 25-6, 25-15, 25-20 and qualified with an unbeaten record to the Final Round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship in Japan next year.

 

The superior Cuba Team dominated its opponent like happened in the other previous contests against Nicaragua and Trinidad-Tobago with a job shared between regulars and substitutes.

 

Experienced setter Yanelis Santos and junior player Wilma Salas were the only players in the match who finished in double figures with 10 points apiece. More Spanish


Trinidad & Tobago secures playoff spot

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 23, 2009.- Trinidad and Tobago defeated Nicaragua 3-1 (25-16, 25-10, 24-26-25-22) and kept alive its hopes of advancing to the Final Round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship next year.

 

The victory earned the Trinidadians the second place in the Norceca-F third round tournament and a berth in the play-off round scheduled for next month in Tijuana, Mexico where the runner-ups of all four third round competitions will battle for two tickets to Japan.

 

It was a clash between the more physical talented Trinidadians against the Nicaraguans’ better technique. More Spanish


Cuba relied on its powerful serves to crush Trinidad-Tobago

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 22, 2009.- Cuba relied on its powerful serves and crushed Trinidad-Tobago 25-16, 25-17, 25-13 in the second match of Monday of the Norceca-D third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The win improved the home team win-loss record to 2-0 while Trinidad-Tobago dropped to 1-1 and a tie in second place with Nicaragua. More Spanish


Nicaragua defeated Guatemala in four sets

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 22, 2009.- Nicaragua recovered from one set down to defeat Guatemala 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 in a battle of Central American rivals in the Norceca-F third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The victory avenged the loss to the Guatemalans suffered at home last December and kept alive the Nicaraguans’ hopes to qualify in the important second place here. Nicaragua evened its win-loss record at 1-1 and play against Trinidad-Tobago on Tuesday in a crucial clash. More Spanish


Cuba trounced Nicaragua in Norceca-F

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 21, 2009.- Cuba demolished Nicaragua in straight sets by score of 25-9, 25-13, 25-16 in the last match of Sunday in the Norceca-F third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Yanelis Santos was the best Cuban scorer with 14 points, including two blocks and three service aces. Rachel Sanchez added 8 points starting only in the third set and Nancy Carrillo had two aces among her seven points. More Spanish


Trinidad & Tobago sweep Guatemala

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 21, 2009.- Trinidad & Tobago swept Guatemala 25-22, 25-21, 25-12 in the first match of the Norceca-F third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The Trinidadians relied on the power of its blocking as they outscored their Central American opponents 12-2 in that category.

 

Kelly-Ann Billingy topped the winning side with 12 points, 10 coming via spikes. More Spanish


USA sweeps Italy in World League

 

CATANIA, Italy, June 21, 2009.- USA completed the sweep of its two matches against Italy in the FIVB World League by defeating the home team 3-1 on Sunday. The score was 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20 and the match lasted 2:04 hours.

Evan Patak and Sean Rooney recorded 21 and 20 points respectively to lead the Americans’ attack and Matthew Anderson added 12. Mauro Gavotto (16), Cristian Savani (15), Matej Cernic (14) and Andrea Sala (12) were the Italian best scorers.

On Friday in Fiorenza, the Americans won by score of 25-21, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21 in 113 minutes of action. More  Spanish


Cuba and Russia split victories in Havana

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 21, 2009.- Cuba and Russia split victories during their two five-set matches of the FIVB World League held on Friday and Saturday before huge crowds at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum. Both teams have now 3-1 win-loss records.

On Friday, Cuba defeated Russia 25-18, 24-26, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-11, in a match dedicated to the late Luis Felipe Calderon, former Head Coach of Cuban’s national teams. Joandry Leal led five Cubans in double figures with 21 points. Roberlandy Simon had 14. More  Spanish


USA successfully defends the crown at Pan Am Cup

 

CHIAPAS, Mexico, June 20, 2009.- In another spectacular match of five sets, the United States team revalidated its title as champions of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup with a victory over Canada.

 

The Americans had also won the last edition of the event by defeating the Canadians. The score was 32-30, 16-25, 24-26, 25-17, 15-12. The Canadians had the lead in the match 2-1 but the experience of the Americans was the key in the two following sets do take the win. More  Spanish


All coaches agree: Cuba is favorite to get the ticket in Havana

 

HAVANA, Cuba, June 20, 2009.- The three coaches of the teams that will accompany Cuba in the Norceca-F third round tournament of the Women’s World Championship all agree that Cuba is a firm candidate to the victory.

 

The tournament which awards a direct ticket to the Final Round of the world event Japan 2010 starts on Sunday at Ciudad Deportiva of the Cuban capital with the afternoon marches of Trinidad-Tobago vs. Guatemala and Cuba vs. Nicaragua. Francisco Cruz, coach of Trinidad-Tobago: “Three teams have the same level and Cuba. More  Spanish


Caceres leads Dominican Republic over Puerto Rico

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 20, 2009.- Jose Miguel Caceres enjoyed a wonderful night with 37 points leading Dominican Republic to a 3-2 victory over Puerto Rico in the match for the bronze medal of the IV Men’s Pan American Cup.

 

More than 2,000 spectators watched the action at the Polyforum and the score was 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10.

 

The match was an epic offensive battle between the two teams, besides the offensive show by Caceres and Juan Figueroa of Puerto Rico.

 

Victor Batista added 16 points to the Dominican attack and Elnis Palomino added 13.  More  Spanish


Guatemala finished in the sixth position

 

CHIAPAS, México, 20 de junio, 2009.- Guatemala finished in the sixth position of the IV Men’s Pan American Cup by defeating Panama in five dramatic sets. The sets scores were 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 17-25 and15-9.

 

The battle between the two main forces of Central American volleyball was a game where both teams traded leads and survived by the opponents’ mistakes.

 

“It was so good to get this win but we need to keep working hard to minimize the amount of errors.  More  Spanish


Cuba’s Women favored to win Norceca-F at home

 

Havana, Cuba, June 20, 2009.- The third round Norceca-F tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship features one heavy favourite and three contenders for an important second place in the competition to be played at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum on June 21-23.

 

Hosts Cuba, the Olympic bronze medallists and currently ranked third by FIVB, are an overwhelming favourite to win the only ticket available for the Final Round of next year’s event in Japan. More


Canada to play in the final against USA

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 19, 2009.- Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 in the second semi final match of the IV Pan American Cup and advanced to the final contest against United States. Both national teams booked tickets to the 2010 America’s Cup. These teams repeat the final of 2008 Cup won by the Americans.

 

The score of the match was 25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 27-25. The contest was one well fought since the start with both teams trading the lead, but the effectiveness was onm the Canadian side in the key moments.

 

Gavin Schmitt led Canada with 27 points and Toontje Van Lankvelt added 12. For Puerto Rico Victor Bird scored 18 points, Ivan Perez had 15 and Sequiel Sanchez and Jonathan King contributed 12 and 11 respectively. More  Spanish


USA defeat Dominicans and reach finals

 

CHIAPAS, Mexico, June 19, 2009.- Defending champions United States maintained their rhythm and reached the final of the Pan American Cup after defeating Dominican Republic in straight sets by score of 25-21, 25-23, 25-14.

 

United States dominated the first set with effective blocking and in the second the Dominican squad was ahead at 23-20, but several blocks by USA combined with Dominican’s errors finished the set.

 

“Our problems are of mentality more than any other thing. We play well against some teams, but when we face teams like United States or Canada is not the case, so I think is a mentality matter,” said Jacinto Campechano, the Dominican coach.  More Spanish


México se queda con el quinto lugar de la Copa Panamericana

 

CHIAPAS, México (Junio 19, 2009) – México se quedo con el quinto puesto de la IV Copa Panamericana al vencer  a Guatemala.

 

Los parciales del partido fueron 25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 25-15.

 

Los anfitriones dominaron sin mucho apuros los dos primeros parciales, pero recibieron muestra de coraje competitivo por parte de los guatemaltecos en el tercer episodio.

 

“Entendemos que el torneo ha tenido el objetivo de seguir ganando condición y ritmo hacia el Pre mundial. Nos falta más acoplamiento y eso se vio en le tercer parcial”, señalo el capitán mexicano, Ignacio Ramírez.

 

Con el triunfo México termina en el quinto lugar de la Copa y concluye su participación.  Spanish


Russia’s coach curious about hot weather and home crowd in Havana

 

HAVANA, Cuba June 19, 2009.- The hot weather reigning in the Cuban capital and the home crowd supporting the local national team should be dangerous rivals for the Russian team, the next rival of Cuba in the FIVB World League on Friday and Saturday.

 

Daniel Bagnoli, the Italian at the helm of the Beijing’s bronze medallists, thinks those are two elements to take in count in the first outing even though he hopes the experience of his pupils can prevail over the physical power of the local boys. More Spanish


Dominican Republic completes the semi finalists in Chiapas

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 18, 2009.-   Dominican Republic completed the group of four semi finalists by defeating hosts Mexico in the last match of the quarter finals round of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup. The score was 25-21, 25-19, 25-23.

 

“I think today we did what we didn’t in the first two matches. I am very content with the victory because we worked for it. We need to maintain this rhythm because our goal is to go for the highest position in this cup,” said Victor Batista, the captain of Dominican Republic.

 

Batista and José Cáceres were the best offensive players in the Dominican squad with 13 points apiece. Elnis Palomino contributed eight points. Meanwhile, Ignacio Ramirez, the captain of Mexico considered his team got the playing rhythm too late. More Spanish


Canada defeats Guatemala and moves to the semi finals

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 18, 2009.- Canadá advanced to the semi finals after defeating Guatemala in the first match of the quarterfinals of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup. 

 

The Canadians relied on effective combinations of attacks and blocking. The set scores were 25-14, 25-16, 25-19. The victory allows the Canadians to meet Puerto Rico in the next phase.

Joel Schmuland  was the best scorer for Canada with 14 points, followed by Gavin Schmidt with 10 tallies all in one set and Adam Simac with nine. For Guatemala, Jeyson Nery had six points.

 

Alter the match, George Laplante, the Canadian coach, was satisfied with the win.  More Spanish


Cuban Coach Luis Felipe Calderon passed away

 

Havana, Cuba, June 18, 2009.- Luis Felipe Calderon, former head coach of the Cuban Women’s National Team, passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 57.

 

Calderon was a player for the men’s national team in the 70s. Following his retirement he coached at different age-levels before joining the staff of the senior team in the early years of the decade of 1990, a position he held until last year when he became ill. He shared the helm of the national team.  More Spanish


Mexico beats Panama to close preliminary round

 

CHIAPAS, México, 17 de junio, 2009.- México defeated Panama in the last match of the preliminary round of the Men’s Pan American Cup. The sets scores of the match played before around 2,000 were 25-13, 25-18, 26-24.

 

“We missed the experience at the end of the third set which we could have won it. Mexico is a team with some experience and they showed it when didn’t desperate and recovered to prevail,” said Sergio Ballero, the coach of Panama.

 

Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach, thinks his team must keep the consistency in the service and blocking to opt for the triumph. “We have seen it in the two matches we’ve won. Now we meet the Dominicans and we need consistent service and blocking.” More Spanish


USA finish atop of Pool A en Chiapas

 

CHIAPAS, Mexico, June 17, 2009.- United States prevailed in the five-sets battle with Canada to finish atop of Pool A in the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup.

 

The score was 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-13 and the victory sends United States directly to the semi final phase and provides one day of rest on Thursday.

 

Robert Tarr led five American players scoring in double figures with 22 points. Nils Nielsen added 17 and Dean Bittner contributed 16, including three blocks and three service aces. Maxwell Holt and Nathan Meerstein chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. More Spanish

Pic:Francisco Alvarez / NORCECA. 


Puerto Rico wins Pool B and advances to semi final round

 

CHIAPAS, Mexico, June 17, 2009.- Puerto Rico defeated Guatemala in consecutive sets and finished in first place in Pool B of the Fourth Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup.

 

The Puerto Ricans established their game rhythm since the first whistle and only had to deal of strong opposition from Guatemala halfway in the third set. The score was 25-14, 25-17, 25-18.

 

“We achieved the first goal which was to win the pool. But we have to continue working hard and correcting some weakness for the semi final match. We still don’t know who is going to be, but whoever is you have to work hard because all the teams here are new ones,”  More Spanish


Puerto Rico defeats Mexico in classic battle

 

CHIAPAS, México, 6 de junio, 2009.- The last match of the day featured one of the most classic confrontations of the region. Puerto Rico claimed a victory in straight sets over hosts Mexico to keep its unbeaten record in Pool B of the Fourth Pan American Cup. The sets scores of the match that lasted 102 minutes were 33-31, 25-23, 25-21.

 

Both teams had strong offensive exchanges but the field defense of Puerto Rico was better. In the crucial moments of each set the winners’ counterattacks were the key for the triumph. “The result does not speak about the hard match it was. We played hard against a great team. More Spanish  Pic:Francisco Alvarez / NORCECA. 


USA takes Advantage of Dominican errors

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 16, 2009.- United States took advantage of the service errors by Dominican Republic in key moments  and claimed its first victory in second day action of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup. The score was 31-29, 25-20, 25-19.

 

The Dominicans failed their services three consecutive times at set-point in the opening frame. Then they had the same problem in the second set. The Americans took advantage of those mistakes and they were led by the good control of setter Tyler Hildebrand who created situations with his quick plays. “This game is a good start for us.   More Spanish  Pic:Francisco Alvarez / NORCECA.


Guatemala defeats the Central American champions

 

CHIAPAS, Mexico, June 16, 2009.- Guatemala defeated Panama in straight sets in the second day of action of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup. Relying on a good colective game, the Guatemalans won by score of 25-22, 25-22, 25-18.

 

Guatemala had a good performance from its captain Jorge Marroquin who spread out the ball all the way and had four players in double figures in scoring –Guillermo Castillo (13), Jeyson Nery (12), Jose Gonzalez (12) and Juan Mendez (11). The best scorers for the channel boys were Richard Araba with 14 points and Jose Rios with eight.

 

Panama offered resistance for the first two sets but eventually was a victim of its own unforced errors. More Spanish       Pic:Francisco Alvarez / NORCECA.


Quick victory of Mexico over Guatemala

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 15, 2009.- Mexico debuted in the IV Men’s Pan American Cup with a quick victory against the selection of Guatemala.

 

The home team benefited from a great support of its fans to win by set scores of 25-16, 25-23, 25-17.

 

The Mexican squad had several moments of up and downs but their experience and playing time in 2009 gave them the control to recover the rhythm and prevail at the end of each set. More Spanish


Canada recovers from slow start against Dominican Republic

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 15, 2009.- Canada recovered from a slow start and defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 in Pool A match of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup.

 

The North Americans came back from a lopsided loss in the opening set to win by set scores of 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.

 

The Canadians edged their opponents in the blocking category 8-5. Justin Duff, who didn’t play in the first set had four among his 12 points. Gavin Smith was the best scorer for Canada with 16 points and Toontje Van Lankvelt added 10. More Spanish


Puerto Rico defeats Panama in start of Men’s Pan Am Cup

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 15, 2009.- Puerto Rico defeated Panama in straight sets in the opening match of the Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup in action of Pool B.

 

The set scores were 25-17, 25-14, 25-22. The Puerto Ricans relied on a consistent blocking and a service game that created troubles to the Panamanians’ reception.

 

The Central America champions had their best moments in the third set thanks to the performance of Jose Rios and Luis Maclao. The set was close until point 21 but after that a block by Jonathan King and a service ace by Fernando Morales turned around the set and the match. “It is one important victory to start the competition. We could recover after a cold start in each of the sets. Besides. More Spanish


Coaches anticipate strong competition ahead in Chiapas

 

CHIAPAS, México, June 14, 2009.- The seven head coaches that will participate in the fourth edition of the Men’s Pan American Cup are expecting a good competition and the best effort on court from their teams.

 

Jorge Azair (MEX): “We hope to have a good performance and to get a spot in the 2010 edition of America’s Cup, and I am confident about a good support here in Tuxtla Gutierrez and the whole State.”

 

George Laplante (CAN): “We are in a group of three teams, but they are teams of great level. More Spanish


Julia Lewis of Barbados elected MVP of Norceca-D

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 14, 2009.- Julia Lewis of Barbados, was elected the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca-D second round tournament of FIVB Women’s World Championship and she also took home the trophy as Best Scorer of the six-team competition.

 

Lewis led all players with an aggregate of points with 71 of them coming from spikes. Jamaican Lecia Brown was recipient of three awards during the closing ceremony. More


Barbados holds off Jamaica to win Norceca-D

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 14, 2009 -  Barbados was the better team early and late when they defeated Jamaica three sets to two ( 25-14, 25-23, 22-25- 23-25 and 15 -8)  in the final match of Norceca-D second round tournament of FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The victory sent Barbados to the Norceca-G tournament in Orlando, United States to play against Costa Rica, Netherlands Antilles and the home team on July 6-10. Jamaica and third placed Bahamas move up to Norceca-I. More


Mambru and Castillo co-winners of MVP in Norceca-H

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 14, 2009.- Dominicans Altagracia Mambru and Brenda Castillo were declared as co-winners of the Most Valuable Player award at the conclusion of Norceca-H third round tournament where their Dominican Republic team booked a ticket to the FIVB Women’s World Championship Final Round in Japan.

 

Mambru was the top scorer of the tournament’s champions with 30 points and was selected as Best Server of the event. She had 10 service aces all in the match against Panama. More Spanish


Dominican Republic makes the Final Round in Japan

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 14, 2009.- Dominican Republic defeated Mexico in straight sets 25-12, 25-10, 25-18 and became the first team to join current champions Russia and hosts Japan in the Final Round of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The hard-hitting attack of Milagros Cabral and Bethania de la Cruz plus the excellent blocking led by Lisvel Eve proved to be the key for the Dominican success. Eve had 15 points including five of the 11 blocks of the winning side and Cabral and De la Cruz each scored 14 points. More Spanish


Bahamas qualify to third round tournament in Puerto Rico

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 14, 2009.- Bahamas defeated St. Lucia in straight sets 26-24, 25-14, 25-21 advancing to the third round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

After the tough battle of the opening set, the Bahamians dominated the rest of the way and booked a ticket to the Norceca-I tournament in Puerto Rico.

 

Cherise Rolle led the winners with 12 points, Kelsie Johnson and Tamasine Poitier each added 11. More


U.S. Virgin Islands defeats Panama

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 14, 2009.- U.S. Virgin Islands held off a resilient Panama and prevailed in a five-setter for third place at Norceca-H third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship. The sets scores were 25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13.

 

“We are elated with this victory and I really feel proud of my young ladies,” said Lucille Hobson, the coach of the winners.

“They showed more desire to win than us in the tie-breaker and I think that was the key,”  More Spanish


Netherlands Overpowers U.S. Men in World League

 

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, June 13, 2009.- A tall team from Netherlands overpowered the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team on Saturday and won their inaugural 2009 FIVB World League match, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24) on Saturday. The two teams will play again on Sunday.

 

Netherlands’ leading scorer was 6-6 outside hitter Robert Horstink with 18 points on 16 kills and two aces. However, 7-foot opposite Kay van Dijk added 14 points on 11 kills and three blocks. At 6-10, middle blocker Wytze Kooistra scored 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace.

 

Evan Patak led the United States in scoring with 10 points on nine kills and one block. Andrew Hein added nine points on five kills. More Spanish


Cuba completed unexpected swept over Bulgaria

 

HAVANA, June 13, 2009- Cuba beat Bulgaria 3-1 for second straight night and completed an unexpected swept in their opening series in Twentieth World League in Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum. The sets scores were 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20.

 

Joandry Lal and Wilfredo Leon with 25 and 18 points respectively led the Cuban offense. Captain Roberlandy Simon added 13 and Michael Sanchez contributed 10 points. Vladimir Nikolov and Matey Kaziyski were the top Bulgarian scorer with 18 and 17 points. More Spanish


Barbados edge St. Lucia 3-2 in a thriller

 

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 13, 2009.- Barbados   won a five setter thriller (25-15, 21-25, 25-27, 25- 19, 18-16) over St. Lucia and booked a date with Jamaica in the finals of the FIVB Women’s World Championship Norceca-D qualifier.

 

In what was the most competitive game to date, the home team was made to work right down to the wire before victory was gained.

 

Coach of the Barbados Andrew Brathwaite team had nothing but praise for the opponents. More


Jamaica defeats Bahamas in straight sets

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 13, 2009 – Jamaica survived a first set scare then confidently put away Bahamas in straight sets 25-23, 29-9 and 25 -13 to book a place in the finals of the FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Championship Norceca-D third round tournament.

 

Bahamas jumped out to an early lead and led by seven points 21-14 at one point. Jamaica changed gears at that stage and won almost every point following that. Team Bahamas seemed to have gotten into a mental lapse at a time when Jamaica increased the pressure. More


Mambru serves the victory to Dominican Republic

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 13, 2009.- Dominican Republic advanced to a contest with Mexico for the ticket to Japan’s Final Round after its crushing victory over Panama by scores of 25-11, 25-8, 25-9 in second day action at the Women’s World Championship Norceca-H third round tournament.

 

Altagracia Mambru recorded ten service aces in route to a 19 points night to lead the Dominican offense. Bethania de la Cruz added 12 points, Lisvel Eve contributed 11 tallies and Jeoselyna Rodriguez chipped nine points. More Spanish


Mexico claims second win at Norceca-H  

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 13, 2009.- Mexico claimed its second victory in two days by sweeping U.S. Virgin Islands 25-11, 25-19, 25-13 at the Norceca-H third round tournament of FIVB Women’s World Championship. 

 

Mexicans Migdalel Ruiz and Cecilia Rios recorded 13 and 10 points respectively and Carolina Carranza and Xitlali Herrera contributed 7 apiece. Danielle Selkridge was the best for the losers with 13 points. “As coach of the Mexican team. More Spanish


Haiti takes fifth place with straight sets win over Cayman Islands

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  June 13, 2009 – Haiti poured in a spirited effort to take fifth place in the FIVB female World  Volleyball Championship group D qualifiers after defeating Cayman islands in straight sets 25-18, 25-21, 25- 9.

 

Cayman Islands remained competitive in the early part of first two sets, but Haiti persevered with some good all around play to thwart the Cayman efforts. The Caymanians faded towards the end and handed Haiti an easy third set victory. More

Cuba opens World League with victory over Bulgaria

 

Havana, June 12, 2009- Cuba defeated Bulgaria 3-1 (24-26, 29-27, 25-18, 25-22) in their opening match of the twentieth World League in the Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.

 

As usual Cuba was supported by thousands of fans who dreamed with a win over the competitive Bulgaria.              

 

The match started very close with continuous changes of leads. Cuba went ahead 18-13 thanks to the good performance of Captain Roberlandy Simon and Rolando Cepeda. More


Peru Sweeps Series against Canada

 

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 12, 2009.- The Peru women's national team defeated Canada 3-0 this evening, sweeping the three match series that was held this past week in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre.

 

The set scores were 25-22, 25-9, 25-21. The matches were being used as preparation for both teams for the upcoming Pan Am Cup being held in Miami from June 24-July 5, and for Canada for their World Championship Qualification Tournament July 7-9 in Puerto Rico.

 

Peruvian Mirtha Uribe Soriano led all players with 13 points on 7 kills, 5 blocks and 1 service ace. Canada was led by Tasha Holness with 10 points on 7 kills, 2 blocks and 1 ace.  More Spanish


Barbados rally past Bahamas in five sets

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados June 12, 2009.- Barbados past a gritty Bahamas team to win a five-setter (22-25, 25-18, 26-24, 23-25 and 15-7) in the final match of pool play in the Norceca-D tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Julia Lewis was clearly the “go to” player for Barbados as she ended with 31 points and Avara Brown added 16. The defense for Barbados was also outstanding as Thona Joseph had five blocks among her 14 points and Janelle Chase-Myers contributed six blocks among her 12 points. More


Dominican Republic routes U.S. Virgin Islands

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 12, 2009.- The Dominican Republic hardly broke a sweat while routing U.S. Virgin Islands 25-14, 25-10, 25-11 in the second match of Norceca-H third round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Marcos Kwiek, the Brazilian coaching the home team, used all his players during the lopsided contest.

 

Annerys Vargas led the Dominicans with 11 points including three serving aces, newcomer Candida Arias added 10 and Altagracia Mambru contributed nine. More Spanish


Cayman Islands go down to Jamaica in straight sets

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados June 12, 2009 - Cayman Islands proved no match for the powerful Jamaica as they lost easily in three straight sets 25-7,  25-19 and 25-15.

 

The Jamaicans hardly broke a sweat taking the first set and although there was a much better effort from the Caymans in the second set, Jamaica kept a comfortable distance and cantered home without much pressure.

 

Jamaica gained a lot of service points; an area that the Coach Gatashue Bonner. More


Mexico defeats Panama in four sets
 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 12, 2009.- Mexico claimed 3-1 victory over Panama 25-15, 25-13, 17-25, 25-20 in the first match of the Norceca-H tournament where one ticket to the FIVB Women’s World Championship’s final round is up for grabs.

 

The duo of Martha Revuelta and Carolina Carranza led the Mexican scoring with 16 and 13 points respectively, while Migdalel Ruiz (12) and Xitlali Herrera (11) also finished in double digits. Yenny Madrid and Joanna Arroyo topped Panama with 14 and 13 respectively. More Spanish


Cuba and Bulgaria ready for the World League

 

Havana, June 12, 2009- Cuba and Bulgaria will look for a good start this weekend, on the 2009 FIVB World League’s kick off at the Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.   

 

The Head Coaches expressed in the previous press conference their hopes to enjoy exciting games between two talented teams, which play in Pool C alongside Russia and Japan.

 

Both Cuba Head Coach Orlando Samuels and Bulgaria Head Coach the Italian Silvano Prandi. More Spanish


Peru has two victories over Canada 

 

WINNIPEG, Canada, June 12, 2009.- Peru has collected victories in the first two matches of its three-game series against Canada women’s team in preparation for both teams for the upcoming Pan Am Cup being held in Miami June 24-July 5 and for Canada for their World Championship Qualification Tournament July 7-9 in Puerto Rico.

 

In the first match, Peru proved to be more in sync with their game play. Set scores were 25-17, 25-17, and 25-15. A fourth set was played for the entertainment.  More Spanish


Dominicans have to win at court, not in papers

 

Santiago, Dominican Republic, June 11, 2009.- Marcos Kwiek admits his Dominican Republic team is an overwhelming favorite to become the first squad to join Russia and hosts Japan in the Final Round of the FIVB Women’s World Championship, but at the same time the Brazilian native remarks that wins are attained in the playing courts and not in the papers.

 

“I know that by recent history and rankings we are being considered the favorites. More Spanish


St. Lucia defeats Cayman Islands in straight sets

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 11, 2009 -St. Lucia was hardly pushed as they romped home in three straight sets over Cayman Islands ( 25 – 17,  25 – 15, 25- 23) in Pool B of the NORCECA-D second round tournament.

 

St. Lucia was led by Dana Hamilton who recorded 14 kills and 2 blocks. Added to that there was some very effective blocking at the net as Laura Francis ended with 7 of the team's 14 blocks. Cayman Islands gave a last ditch effort in the third set but by then it was too little too late. More


Bahamas edge Haiti in five sets
 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 11, 2009.- Bahamas overcame a tenacious Haiti to claim a five-set thrilling victory by score of  25-23, 25-21, 22- 25, 22 –25, 15 -11  in Pool A of the Norceca-D second round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Melisa Bastian recorded 27 points to lead Bahamas. Cheryse Rolle had 13 points and Kelsie Johnson and Krystel Rolle each contributed 10 points for the winners. Sainvilia Aubert and Karin Bernardin recorded 15 points apiece for Haiti and Stephanie Rebu chipped in twelve. More


Barbados wins against Haiti

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 10, 2009.- Hosts Barbados relied on the strength of its blocking to defeat Haiti in the second match of the Opening Day at the Norceca-D second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Supported by the home crowd, the Bajans had to overcome a well fought second set to prevail by score of 25-14, 26-24, 25-14 in the match of Pool A. Thona Joseph led Barbados with 16 points, including five blocks and one ace. More


Jamaica defeats St. Lucia in straight sets

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 10, 2009.- Jamaica defeated St. Lucia in straight sets by score of 25-15, 25-23, 25-21 in the first match of second round Norceca-D tournament of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship. 

 

Playing in Pool B, the Jamaicans had three players scoring in double figures led by their captain Lecia Brown with 13 points, including three blocks and two service aces. Cheryl Daley added 11 points, all via spikes, while Avaniki Campbell contributed 10 points, including three blocks. Dania Hamilton had 12 points for St. Lucia. More


Dominican Republic favored to win Norceca-H

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, June 10, 2009.- The Dominican Republic, currently ranked 13th by FIVB, is a heavy favorite to win the Norceca-H third round tournament and book the only ticket available to the Japan’s Final Round of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

The toughest competition for the home squad during the four-team event in June 12-14 should come from 26th ranked Mexico. The other participating sides, Panama and U.S. Virgin Islands.  More Spanish


St. Lucia optimistic ahead of World Volleyball Qualifiers

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados July 9, 2009. “Our aim in this tournament is to qualify for the next round.” These were the words of St. Lucia’s female national volleyball coach Florian Combie ahead of his country’s participation in the World Volleyball Qualifying tournament for NORCECA countries to be held in Barbados from July 10 -15. 

 

The St. Lucian females qualified for this competition in late March when they topped a zone (comprising Grenada, St. Vincent and Antigua).. More


Marte Hoffiz explains new FIVB policy to President of Trinidad and Tobago

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 9, 2009.- The President of Norceca Confederation and FIVB First Executive Vice President Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz was one of the special invitees to the reception hosted by the President of Trinidad & Tobago His Excellency Max Richards in honor of the National Olympic Committee of his country.

 

Marte Hoffiz took the opportunity to explain President Richards about the new trends of FIVB policy and the interest of its President Jizhong Wei of establishing a supporting balance between. More Spanish


NORCECA Mourns after passing of Alejandro Salinas

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, June 8, 2009.- The NORCECA Confederation is in mourning after the death of Professor Alejandro Salinas, its First Executive Vice President and President of the Mexican National Federation, who passed away in Monterrey, Mexico last Saturday after a long illness.

 

For the past eight years, Salinas presided over the Sports Organization Commission of NORCECA and was a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Administration. “Professor Salinas was a paternal figure for all of us in the Confederation and we all are in grief with this irreparable loss,” said Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.. More Spanish


Trinidadians Clifford and Esdelle Co-Winners of women’s MVP

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 7, 2009.- Courtnee Mae Clifford and Krystle Esdelle of Trinidad & Tobago were elected as co-winners of the Most Valuable Player title of the women’s second round tournament Norceca-C of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

 

Clifford received three awards during the closing ceremony of the competition as best digger, best receiver and best libero and Esdelle was the best spiker.

 

Sinead Jack, also of the home team champions, received the recognition as the best server. More Spanish


Naarden elected men’s MVP in Trinidad

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 7, 2009.- Robert Naarden of Suriname was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca- C men’s second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

 

Naarden was the top attacker for the Suriname team which was a pleasant surprise in the competition. He was the only member of his side named to the All-Star Team.

 

Kevin Alleyne of Trinidad & Tobago earned the recognition as best digger, receiver and libero, and his teammates Saleem Ali and Marc Honore were elected as best setter and spiker respectively. More Spanish


Trinidad & Tobago won the women’s Norceca-C

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 6, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago defeated Netherlands Antilles claiming the final top position of the women’s Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

The home girls won by score of 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 advancing to the next round in Cuba for the Norceca-F event on June 21-23 against Guatemala, Nicaragua and the host side. By finishing second, Netherlands Antilles will go to play in Norceca-G round in Orlando, United States against Costa Rica.
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Suriname claims first place at Men’s Norceca-C

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 6, 2009.- Suriname defeated U.S. Virgin Islands by score of 16-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 to finish atop of he Norceca-C second round men’s tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

The victory sent Suriname to the Norceca-H tournament in Cuba in August 14-16 to play against Canada, Bahamas and the home team. By finishing second, U.S. Virgin Islands advanced to Norceca-G in Puerto Rico next July 8-10 to compete against Mexico, Barbados and the host squad.

Giovanni Lin (12), Roberto Joval (11) and Rabi Daans (10) topped the scoring of Suriname and Giovanne Riedewald and Robert Naardem chipped in 9 and 8 points respectively.
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U.S. Virgin Islands Women qualify to third round

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 6, 2009.- U.S. Virgin Islands held-off a Bermuda rebellion to win a five-setter by score of 27-25, 25-21, 13-25, 10-25, 15-6 qualifying to the next stage of the 2010 Women’s FIVB World Championship as bronze medal winners of Norceca-C round.

After dominating the third and four sets, the Bermudians lost the momentum and became easy victims of the shots coming from the other side of the net during the tie-breaker.
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Trinidad & Tobago men won the bronze medal

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 6, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago defeated Netherlands Antilles in straight sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 to win the bronze medal of the Norceca-C men’s second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

It was a consolation victory for the home team that was left out of the next round of the world event by losing to the U.S. Virgin Islands the previous night. Marc Honore and Nolan Tash led the Trinidadians with 17 and 16 points respectively..
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Aruba claimed fifth place in Men’s Norceca-C

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 6, 2009.- Aruba defeated Antigua and Barbuda 25-15, 25-18, 12-25, 25-19 to claim the fifth place at the Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship.


Daniel Mitchel and Eargenell de Cuba led Aruba with 14 and 12 points respectively and Olsen Joseph and Xavier Roberts topped Antigua and Barbuda with 12 and 11 points.


“It was good for us to see volleyball at this level and I am glad about winning our first game”, said Elmerlindo Robles, the captain of Aruba.
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Suriname finished fifth in Women’s Norceca-C

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 6, 2009.- Suriname defeated Aruba in straight sets 25-10, 25-20, 25-13 in the match for the fifth place at the Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship.


Juliet Lester with 9 points and Eleonoor Hunsel and Charmaine Kasters with eight apiece were the top scorers for Surinam. Jackie Toussaint had 9 points for Aruba.


“To compete at this level has been a good experience and we have to do it more often,” said Haydee Renardus, the captain of Suriname.
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Suriname pulls major upset against favorites Trinidad & Tobago

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 5, 2009.- Suriname pulled a major upset by eliminating favorites hosts Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22) and advancing to the third round of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship.

 

They will meet U.S. Virgin Islands in the gold’s medal match on Saturday with both teams already having secured berths in the next phase in Puerto Rico or Cuba depending on the winners.Earlier, U.S. Virgin Islands edged Netherlands Antilles with a sensational comeback triumph in five sets by score of 25-23, 23-25, 16-25, 26-24, 17-15. More Spanish


Trinidad & Tobago claimed ticket by beating Bermuda

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 5, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago advanced to the final match of the Norceca-C second round tournament with a victory over Bermuda and in the process also booked a ticket for the third stage of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship. They won in straight sets by score of 25-16, 25-11, 25-12.


The Trinidadians will play against Netherlands Antilles for the gold medal on Saturday with both sides already qualified to next round’s tournaments in Cuba and United States depending on which team finishes first or second. Bermuda will meet U.S. Virgin Islands for the bronze.
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Dominicans crushed Turkey at China Tournament

KUNSHAN, China, June 5, 2009.- Bethania de la Cruz recorded 18 points and Annerys Vargas and Jeoselyna Rodríguez added 11 and 10 respectively propelling Dominican Republic to a convincing and deserved triumph over Turkey in straight sets by store of 25-23, 25-18, 25-21.

 

The Dominican representatives finished as vice champions of the second leg of the China Women’s International Tournament won by hosts China following its 3-2 victory over Cuba in the closing match. More Spanish


Netherlands Antilles’ women booked ticket to third round

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 5, 2009.- Netherlands Antilles booked a ticket in the third round of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship by edging U.S. Virgin Islands in five sets by score of 25-14, 20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-10 advancing to the final match of the Norceca-C phase.

 

The three teams that make the podium here will move up to the next level of the world competition. The winners go to Cuba, the second to Orlando, USA and the third to Dominican Republic. Once again Christine Anthony was a key contributor to the victory of her team.  More Spanish


China scared by Dominicans on way to second straight win

 

KUNSHAN, China , June 4, 2009 - Olympic bronze medallist China was scared by Dominican Republic on the way to its second straight win at the 2009 International Women's Volleyball Tournament while Cuba suffered second straight loss here on Thursday.


Star spiker Wang Yimei had 19 points, including five aces, to lead the Chinese women to the 25-22, 16-25, 25-16 and 25-16 victory at the second leg of the four team round robin competition.
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Trinidad & Tobago wins women’s Pool A

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 4, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago won Pool A of the women’s Norceca-C second round of the 2010 FIVB World Championship by trouncing Aruba in straight sets 25-12, 25-8, 25-9.

 

On Friday, the home girls will meet Bermuda in the semi final phase of the tournament while Netherlands Antilles, winners of Pool B, will meet U.S. Virgin Islands. Jalicia Ross and Sinead Jack each had 11 points for Trinidad & Tobago and rookie Channon Thompson added 8. More Spanish


Hosts Trinidad & Tobago survived scary moments

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 4, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago recovered from a 2-1 deficit and scored a thrilling victory in five sets over U.S. Virgin Islands to win Pool A of the Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship. The score was 25-14, 22-25, 15-25, 25-18, 15-12.

 

In the semi finals on Friday, the Trinidadians will meet the representative of Suriname. More Spanish


Suriname placed second in men’s Pool B

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 4, 2009.- Suriname defeated Antigua in straight sets (30-28, 25-8, 25-15) advancing to the semi final phase of the Norceca-C men’s second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

 

The victory gave Suriname a 1-1 win-loss record and second place in the three-team Pool B won by Netherlands Antilles. Antigua dropped to 0-2.

 

Gino Robert Naarden led Suriname with 22 points and Ernesto Holband added 13, including six blocks. Xavier Roberts led Antigua with 10 points. More Spanish


Anthony again carried Netherlands Antilles

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 4, 2009.- Christine Anthony recorded 41 points and almost single handed Netherlands Antilles to a five-set victory over Bermuda in the first match of Day Three at the Norceca-C second round 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship. The score was 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 28-26, 15-13.

 

Netherlands Antilles finished with a 2-0 win-loss record in Pool B and will meet on Friday the second placed team in Pool A which will be U.S.  More Spanish


Dominican Republic edges Cuba in five sets

 

KUNSHAN, China, June 3 , 2009 -- Dominican Republic twice rallied from one set down to claim a 3-2 upset win over Cuba while China downed Turkey here on Wednesday at the second leg of China International Women's Volleyball Tournament.

 

In the first match in the afternoon, Bethania Dela Cruz scored 23 points to lead Dominican Republic to the 20-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23 and 17-15 victory while Altagracia Mambru and Lisvel Eve added 13 and 11 points respectively.

 

In the tiebreaker, Cuba overcame an early 7-5 deficit and withstood two match points to tie it at 15-all draw. More Spanish


Trinidad & Tobago Women displayed talent

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 3, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago claimed a straight sets victory over U.S. Virgin Islands in the second match of Day Two at the Norceca-C women’s second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship. The score was 25-23, 25-12, 25-8.

 

The home owners recovered from a slow start and impressed by their physical talent and solid spikes and serves. The loss left Virgin Islands with a 1-1 win-loss record in Pool A and the Trinidadians next play Aruba (0-1).  More Spanish


Anthony leads Netherlands Antilles victory

 

PORT OF SPAIN, June 3, 2009.- Christine Anthony recorded 37 points leading Netherlands Antilles to a 26-28, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Suriname in Pool B of Norceca-C women’s second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB World Championship.

 

It was the first outing in the competition for the winning side, while Suriname dropped to a 0-2 win-loss record and was left out of the second phase of the event. Cristal Gregorious and Claudette Van Arneman had 10 and 9 points respectively. More Spanish


U.S. Virgin Islands debuted with a victory

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 3, 2009.- U.S. Virgin Islands debuted with a 3-1 victory over Aruba (27-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18) in the Norceca-C second round tournament of the FIVB Men’s World Championship. The loss eliminated Aruba (0-2) from advancing to the semi final stage of the six-team competition.

 

The solid blocking was the key for the winners recording a total of 15 positives in that category against 7 from their rivals. More Spanish


Netherlands Antilles continue playing big

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 3, 2009.- Netherlands Antilles men’s team recorded its second victory in as many days by edging Suriname 26-24, 25-23, 25-21 in the Norceca-C second round tournament of the FIVB 2010 World Championship.

 

The win gave Netherlands Antilles a 2-0 win-loss record in the three-team Pool B of the competition. Suriname and Antigua meet on Thursday to decide the other side advancing to the semi final phase. More Spanish


Trinidadians men showed terrific power

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 2, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago men showed terrific offensive power while crushing Aruba in straight sets by score of 25-11, 25-23, 25-13 in their debut at the Norceca-C second round tournament of the FIVB 2010 World Championship.

 

In the closing contest of Day One, the local men showed no mercy against their opponents displaying their weapons from the first whistle of the first set. They slowed down a little in the second but came back with renovated energy for the third and final set.  More Spanish


Strong showing by Netherlands Antilles Men

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 2, 2009.- The Netherlands Antilles men’s team enjoyed a very strong outing in their debut at the Norceca-C second round tournament of the FIVB 2010 World Championship by trouncing Antigua & Barbuda by score of 25-16, 25-13, 25-17.

 

Gilbert Paulina, the captain of Netherlands Antillas, was the best player of the match with 18 points including 4 serving aces and Brandon Dania had 11 with 2 aces. “It was our first match against Antigua and the players were a little bit nervous,” More Spanish


U.S. Virgin Islands defeated women of Aruba

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 2, 2009.- U.S. Virgin Islands started with the right foot in Group A of the Norceca-C second round tournament of the Women’s FIVB World Championship by defeating Aruba in straight sets (25-19, 29-27, 25-11).

 

Sacha Gumbs and Janelle Sarauw each recorded 15 points for the winners while Danielle Selkridge added nine, including three blocks. “It was our first game together in a competition,” More Spanish


Bermuda defeated Suriname in opening match

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 2, 2009.- Bermuda recorded a straight sets victory over Suriname in the opening match of the Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 Women’s FIVB World Championship. The score was 25-18, 25-22, 25-22.

 

The Bermudians used their experience to prevail in the key moments of the Group B match against their younger opponents. More Spanish


U.S. Virgin Islands men’s coach confident about his team

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 2, 2009.- The U.S. Virgin Islands Men’s team came here to battle for one of the two tickets available for the next phase at the Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship.

 

Coach Jason Liburd seemed confident about his side’s chances while talking during the press conference prior the start of the six-team event. More Spanish


Trinidadian women’s coach not taking anything for granted

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, June 2, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago coach Francisco Cruz is not taking anything for granted as his side is considered by many as the team to beat in Norceca-C second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Cruz talked to the media hours before the start of the tournament and is of the idea that most of the teams have the same level and therefore he is expecting a very competitive event. More Spanish


McCutcheon Named USOC 2008 Coach of the Year

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 2, 2009.- USA Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, who led the U.S. Men’s National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games before taking over the U.S. Women’s Team in December 2008, has been named the 2008 National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

 

McCutcheon, 39, is the first volleyball coach to receive the award since the program was initiated in 1996.

 

As head coach of the 2008 U.S. Men's Volleyball Team, McCutcheon guided the squad to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing More Spanish


China trounces Cuba to win international women's tournament

 

LUOHE, China, June 1, 2009 -- China trounced traditional powerhouse Cuba 25-17, 25-21 and 25-15 to win the 2009 China International Women's Volleyball Tournament here on Sunday. China reaped a total of 25 points from Cuba's mistakes in the 66-minute match.

Earlier on Sunday, Turkey beat Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) to finish third. The four teams will play another round robin tournament in Kunshan, Jiangsu province from Wednesday to Friday. More Spanish


Costa Ricans keep alive their streak of crowns

 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 31, 2009.- Costa Rica claimed its twelfth consecutive Women’s Central American Championship by sweeping the best-of-three series against Guatemala.

 

The Costa Ricans first won on Friday night by score of 25-22, 25-17, 25-13 and came back on Saturday to take the crown via a 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 victory. The triumph enables Costa Rica to represent the Central American zone at the Norceca’s Continental Championship. More Spanish


Best-of-Three Series to decide Central American Women’s Championship

 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 28, 2009.- A best-of-three series will decide the Fifteenth edition of the Women’s Central American Volleyball Championship between the representatives of Guatemala and hosts Costa Rica on May 29-31. The winner will represent the Central America zone in the NORCECA Continental Championship in Puerto Rico next September.

 

Guatemala, the top finisher at the second round tournament of the 2010 World Championship in Nicaragua. More Spanish


Peru to prepare for Pan Am Cup in Canada and Dominican Republic

 

LIMA, Peru, May 25, 2009.- The Peruvian Women’s National Team leaves to Canada next June 5 in a preparation tour for the VIII Pan American Cup to be held in Miami, Florida at the end of the month.

 

In Miami, Peru will be battling for a berth in the 2010 World Grand Prix and the vacancy for the Final Four event to be played in Brazil next October featuring the four best teams of the America’s Continent. More Spanish


Guatemalans dominated both genders at Central American Beach U-21

 

PEREZ ZELEDON, Costa Rica, May 25, 2009.- Guatemalans Blanca Recinos-Susana Alvarado and Aldo Arias-Rodrigo Gonzalez were crowned as champions of the Second U-21 Central American Beach Volleyball Championships held on the sands of Hotel Arboleda-Lorimar in this Costa Rican resort.

 

The pair of Recinos-Alvarado defeated their compatriots Stefany Bolaños-Dulce González 21-19, 21-13 in the gold medal match on Sunday, repeating their Friday’s 23-21, 21-13 over the silver medalists. More Spanish


Mexican coach praises the Caribbean talent

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 25, 2009.- The winning coach of Norceca-D second round tournament came out quite impressed about the kind of competition his team had to face during the qualifier event towards the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship Finals in Italy next year.

 

“I really didn’t expect to face the high level opponents we experienced,” said Jorge Azair, the veteran coach of the winners of the tournament. “I didn’t know what to expect before I got here but they really play good volleyball and the talent is impressive.”

 

“The good thing about this type of exchange is the benefit the teams from the Caribbean region might get for their future,” he said. More Spanish


Mexican Leonardo Manzo elected MVP in Norceca-D

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 24, 2009.- Mexican Leonardo Manzo, the top scorer and best spiker of the Norceca-D second round tournament was elected as the Most Valuable Player of this competition which is part of the 2010 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship.

 

The three-award winner was joined in the ideal team of the event by his teammates Tomas Aguilera and Mario Becerra who were recognized as best blocker and best libero of the six-team tournament.

 

St. Lucia sent two players to the All-Star squad as Kaji Charles was elected the top server. More Spanish


Mexico finished in the top at the Norceca-D

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 24, 2009.- Mexico breezed past Bahamas in straight sets to finish in the top place at the Norceca-D second round tournament of 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship. The Mexicans, who didn’t lose one set in the competition won by score of 25-13, 25-14, 25-16.

 

The victory enables the Mexicans to advance to a third round event, the Norceca-G, against Puerto Rico, Barbados, and the second place team in Norceca-C. More Spanish


Dominicans to play China International Tournament

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 24, 2009.- The Dominican Republic Nacional Team travels on Monday to the city of Zheng Zhou to play in the Women’s China International Tournament.

The tournament will be held through May 27-June 6 in that province of the People’s Republic of China.

The Dominican squad will travel with stellars Annerys Vargas, Bethania De la Cruz, Karla Echenique and líbero Brenda Castillo.

The core of the team is completed by Lisvel Eve, Jeoselyna Rodríguez, Niverka Marte, Marifranchi Rodríguez..More Spanish


Jamaica finished third at home

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 24, 2009.- Jamaica defeated Haiti 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18) to finish in third place in the Norceca-D second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

 

Still not emotionally recovered from their stunning loss to Bahamas the previous night, the Jamaicans had enough gas in the tank to maneuver around the Haitians.

 

Mark Lewis topped Jamaica with 15 points and Dellan Brown and Conaradio Taylor added 12 and 10 More Spanish


Bahamas upsets Jamaica and joins Mexico in third round

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 23, 2009.- It is not the way you start but the way you finish.

 

That was the story of Bahamas during the Norceca-D and Saturday was not different as they recovered from losing the first set to upset hosts Jamaica 3-1 and advance to the third round of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship.

 

The Bahamians, who earlier came back from a two-set deficit against St. Lucia, prevailed against the local team by score of 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22. More Spanish


Mexico qualifies to third round of Men’s Worlds
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 23, 2009.- Mexico claimed a spot in the third round of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship following its straight sets victory over Haiti in the semi finals of the Norceca-D tournament at the National Indoor Sports Centre of Kingston. The score was 25-16, 25-16, 25-20.

 

In spite of the result of the final match of Sunday against the winner of the match between Jamaica and Bahamas later on Saturday. More Spanish


St. Lucia beats Cayman Islands for fifth place at Norceca-D
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 23, 2009.- St. Lucia finally won a match at the second round Norceca-D tournament of the Men’s World Championship as they beat Cayman Islands 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-14) in a lopsided contest for the fifth place between sides already eliminated of chances to advance to the next stage.

The blocking of the winners proved to be one of the keys for the victory as they outscored their opponents 10-2 in that category. More Spanish


Cubans to take part in tournaments in China and Switzerland

 

HAVANA, Cuba, May 23, 2009.- The twelve players selected to participate in the women’s China and Montreux tournaments leave on Sunday to the Asian continent.

 

The core of the team is led by Olympians Nancy Carrillo, Rachel Sanchez, Rosir Calderon, Kenia Carcaces, Yusidei Silie and captain Yanelis Santos. The squad coached by Luis Oviedo with Eider George and Regla Torres as his assistants, is completed by libero Lisbet Arredondo and a new wave of players. More Spanish


Jamaica with a tough match against Bahamas

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 22, 2009.- Hosts Jamaica defeated Cayman Islands in straight sets by score of 25-11, 25-20, 25-18 to win Pool A of the second round Norceca-D tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship.

 

The Jamaican’s hopes of advancing to the third round of the world event are now clinging on the outcome of their Saturday’s contest against Bahamas, the second placed team in Pool B. More Spanish


Mexico is getting closer to the Men’s third round

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 22, 2009.- Heavy favorites Mexico swept St. Lucia 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 to win Pool B of the second round Norceca-D tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship. All players of the winners saw action during the easy triumph. 

 

The Mexicans, who once again showed excellent blocking, now only need a Saturday victory over Haiti –second in Pool A with a 1-1 win-loss record- to secure a ticket for the third round of the competition.  Mexican Irving Bricio had five blocks among his 13 points.  More Spanish


Mexico impresses in debut at Norceca-D

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 21, 2009.- Mexico outplayed Bahamas sweeping its opponents 3-0 in its debut at the Norceca-D second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship. The score was 25-13, 25-20, 25-16.

 

The Mexicans displayed outstanding blocking while dropping Bahamas to a 1-1 win-loss record in the three-team Pool B. Mexico plays next with St. Lucia (0-1). Leonardo Manzo led Mexico with 14 points, Tomas Aguilera contributed 12 points, including four blocks..More Spanish


Haiti recovers to equal its record at Men’s Norceca-D

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 21, 2009.- Haiti recovered from the previous night loss and defeated Cayman Islands in three sets by score of 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 in the second day of the Norceca-D second round of the Men’s FIVB World Championship.

 

The victory enables Haiti a 1-1 record in the three-team Pool A and a fair chance to advance to the next phase of this competition. The other match of Cayman Islands is against favorite Mexico.  Roudolphe Gaethan led Haiti with 11 points and Olney Thompson was the top. More Spanish


Jamaica sweeps Haiti
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 20, 2009.- Host Jamaica swept Haiti 3-0 in the second match of opening day in the Norceca-D second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Volleyball World Championship at the National Sports Centre. The local boys prevailed 25-16, 25-23, 25-20.

 

The Jamaicans are favorites to win the Pool A where also Cayman Islands are competing. The top two teams will advance to the next stage of the event. More Spanish


Bahamas wins in spectacular fashion
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 20, 2009.- Bahamas made an spectacular comeback from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Saint Lucia in the first match of the Norceca-D second round tournament of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Volleyball World Championship at the National Sports Centre. The Bahamians took the victory 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-11. 

These two teams along with favorite Mexico play in Pool B while host Jamaica, Haiti and Cayman Islands compete in Pool A. Renaldo Knowles led four winning players in double figures with 19 points including three blocks. More Spanish


Mexicans will be battling against unknown rivals

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 20, 2009.- The Mexican coach is the first to admit his team will be running into an unknown zone as it enters the Norceca-D Men’s World Championship second round tournament as the early favorite of the six-team competition.

 

“We don’t know the teams we are about to face and that’s my only concern,” said Jorge Azair at the end of the general technical meeting before the start of the competition. “But we need to win, and we take it as an obligation for us.” More Spanish


Jamaican coach hopes the best from his team

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 20, 2009.- The coach of hosts Jamaica hopes his side can play up to its potential during the Norceca-D second round tournament of the Men’s Volleyball World Championship that starts on Wednesday at the National Sports Centre.

Blessed with huge physical talent, the local boys are one of the favorites to battle for one of the two tickets available for the third round of the competition. More Spanish


USA and Mexico in Group of Death in Thailand

 

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand, May 19, 2009.- USA and Mexico will play with Japan and Belgium in Pool D, which is being referred to as the Group of Death, in the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship though July 3-12

 

The 10-day tournament, a world-class competition featuring the Women's Under-18 players, will take place at the 4,000-seater Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall and the 2,500 Gymnasium 2 inside His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary, 5th December 2007 Sports Complex. 

 

The Dominican Republic, the other team from NORCECA Confederation will play in Pool C which consists also of two-time world champions Brazil, Italy and Slovakia. Pool A comprises hosts Thailand, Serbia, Egypt and Germany, while reigning-champions China, Turkey, African champions Tunisia and Peru will play in Pool B. More Spanish


Cuba won the Latin Cup in Peru
 

LIMA, Peru, May 19, 2009.- The Cuba female team claimed the title in the First Youth Latin Cup by defeating hosts Peru 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21) last Sunday. Around 3,000 spectators watched the local girls battling against the taller and more powerful opponents.

At the end of the match, the Peruvian Team traveled to Brazil to continue its preparation for the FIVB Youth Girls World Championship to be held in Thailand next July. More Spanish


History favours hosts Barbados in Women's Norceca-D

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 19, 2009.- History is in favour of Barbados as the hosts of the Norceca-D second round tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship prepare to host the participants of the event that runs through June 10-14 at the modern Grafield Sobers Sports Complex.

 

The Bajans have finished as vice champions of the Caribbean in the last two regional competitions held in 2006 and 2008 after ruling out the area.. More Spanish


FIVB confirms Women’s Jr. Worlds in Mexico

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 18, 2009 – The FIVB confirmed today that the 2009 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship scheduled for Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico would go ahead as scheduled from July 16-25.

The FIVB's crisis management unit has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, in Mexico and elsewhere around the world and ultimately decided the health and safety of the players and others involved in the tournament are not at risk. 
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Santiago confirmed as site of Women’s Norceca-H

 

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, May 18, 2009.- The Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation confirmed Santiago, the second largest city in the country, as the site of the third round Norceca-H of the Women’s World Championship.

 

The announcement was made by Mr. Ramon A. Garcia, President of DR Federation accompanied by Norceca’s President Mr. Cristobal Marte. Also in attendance was Mr. Jose Aybar, President of Santiago Volleyball Association. More Spanish


Cuba and Peru claim second victories

 

LIMA, Peru, May 16, 2009.- Cuba defeated Chile 25-6, 25-17, 25-14 in just 46 minutes claiming its second victory in as many outings in Day Two of the First Youth Latin Volleyball Cup.

 

With a variety of attacks and accurate spikes, the Cubans overwhelmed the weak defence of Chile who couldn’t repeat its good performance of the previous day. The win secured Cuba a berth in the final match scheduled on Sunday. More Spanish


Cuba defeats Colombia in U-20 Latin Cup

 

LIMA, Peru, May 15, 2009.- The Cuban Junior Women National Team defeated Colombia 25-16, 25-13, 25-12 in less than one tour in Day One of the First Latin Cup organized by the Peruvian Nacional Volleyball Federation at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum.

 

The team of Joel Olazabal showed a very tactical game relying on the performance of Lilianny Marcillan and Rosana Giel, the biggest stars of the Cuban side. The Colombian girls made serious mistakes in the key moments. More Spanish  


Dominican Youth Girls’ Team succeeds in Cuba

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 14, 2009.- The Dominican Girls’ Youth National Team won the gold medal in the Cuban Junior Olympiads finishing the competition with a 5-1 win-loss record.

 

The event was a warm-up for the national team that is preparing for the FIVB Youth Girls’ World Championship to be held in Thailand next month. More Spanish  


FIVB implements anti-doping educational program

 

LAUSANNE, May 14, 2009 – The FIVB has officially implemented a new educational program for anti-doping and medical affairs under the slogan, "We play it clean."


The program fulfills WADA requirements aimed at educating athletes, coaches, officials and National Federations in avoiding banned substances. The program is available by clicking the block “FIVB ,We play it Clean” in NORCECA website. 
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Successful International Referees Candidate Course in Dominican Republic Centre

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 14, 2009.- The Course for International   Referees Candidates held in the FIVB Regional Development Centre in Dominican Republic concluded on Wednesday and was rated as “very successful” by its director Tom Blue of USA.

 

All nineteen participants approved the course lectured by Blue and Jose Sanler of Cuba. Blue is currently the Secretary of the FIVB. More Spanish  


Trinidad & Tobago Men’s favourites in Norceca-C

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 14, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago are the early favourites in the Norceca-C second round tournament of Men’s World Championship to be played at the Sport and Physical Education Centre of West Indies University on June 2-6.

 

Besides the home-court advantage, the local men have the recent history on their side by finishing on the podium in the last three editions of the Caribbean Championships..More Spanish


Caribbean champions favoured to win women’s Norceca-C

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 14, 2009.- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago, champions of the past two editions of the Caribbean Tournament, are considered the strongest side in the Norceca-C second round competition of the Women’s World Championship to be held at the Sport and Physical Centre of West Indies University on June 2-6.

A strong competition for the top place is expected to come from the veteran Bermuda team which recently won the Norceca-A in Saint Martin..  More Spanish


Bulgaria and Dominican Republic’ Juniors split victories

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 11, 2009.- The Bulgarian women national team just finished a week-long of training and playing against the Junior National Team of the Dominican Republic.

 

The two squads split the four matches they played, with the two victories of Dominican Republic coming in five sets. Bulgaria won its matches by 3-1 decisions. More Spanish


New dates for Men’s Pan American Cup

 

SANTO DOMINGO  , Dominican Republic, May 9, 2009.- The Fourth Men’s Pan American Cup to be held in Chiapas, Mexico, has been re-scheduled on June 13-21.

 

The announcement was made by Mr. Nelson Ramirez, Executive Director of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation.

 

The local hosting Mexican National Federation and the Organizing Committee approved the new dates for the premier men’s annual event of the NORCECA Confederation. The ten-team competition was originally scheduled to be played through May 30-June 7 and the postponement was forced by the outbreak of Influenza- A in Mexico. More Spanish


Castro Verdugo and Mushtaque Mohammed nominated to FIVB positions

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 7, 2009.- Mexican Saul Castro Verdugo and Trinidadian Mushtaque Mohammed have been nominated by the Norceca Board of Administration and Executive Committee as candidates to fill in the confederation’s vacancies in the FIVB Board.

 

The candidatures of both Castro Verdugo and Musthaque are pending on the confirmation by the Norceca’s Congress to be held in Guatemala next October. More