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Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico started winning

 

MONTERREY, Mexico, September 24, 2006.- Puerto Rico scored its first win ever against USA in women’s volleyball starting the action of Pool B at the TV Azteca’s Women Stars Cup with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 26-24 victory.

 

Siblings Aury and Eva Cruz led the Puerto Rican offense with 20 and 18 points respectively, and Kathleen Olsovsky topped the Americans with 20 points and Jane Collymore and Wiz Bachman each had 14.

 

In their previous meeting, USA had defeated Puerto Rico in five sets at the Pan American Cup in San Juan, frustrating the hopes of the host team to qualify for the 2007 World Grand Prix. More  Spanish


Puerto Rico expected today in Monterrey

 

MONTERREY, Mexico, September 22, 2006.- The Puerto Rican National Team will arrive today to take part in the first edition of the Women’s All-Stars Tournament sponsored by TV Azteca.

 

This competition is part of the preparation of the Puerto Rican Team towards its participation in the World Championship in Japan.

 

Captain Aury Cruz leads the squad competing in Monterrey along with her sister Eva Cruz and Alexandra Oquendo, Jetzabel Del Valle, Vilmarie Mojica, Glorimar Ortega, Yarleen Santiago, Tatiana Encarnación antd attacker Joedly Narváez, who will make her debut with the Senior Team after taking part with the U-18 side in the NORCECA Continental Tournament in Gainesville, Florida.. More  Spanish

Captain Aury Cruz

Cuba with mix of young and veterans to Copa TV Azteca

 

HAVANA, Cuba, September 20, 2006.- Cuba will be represented at Copa TV Azteca in Monterrey, Mexico by a mixture of young and experienced players while the main fixtures of the National Team take some time off in their preparation for the World Championship.

 

Twelve players have been training at the Cerro Pelado High Performance Center under the supervision of Adalberto Valdez and the assistance of Miguel Alvarez and Wilfredo Robinson.

 

The team consists of Yusleny Herrera, Nathaly Grinan, Norisleidis Acea, Yisel Silva, Dalina Bocourt and Dayesi Maso. More  Spanish


USA announces team for Copa TV Azteca

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, September 19, 2006.- The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in the Azteca Cup held Sept. 24-29 at Monterrey, Mexico. The event was a late addition to Team USA’s schedule.

 

The Azteca Cup, in its first year of existence, is an eight-team tournament broken into two pools advancing to the classification round. The U.S. is grouped in Pool B with Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Pool A consists of host Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Peru.

 

The Team USA roster for the Azteca Cup will be a mixture of players from the senior and junior national teams, along with a couple players who competed and trained with the national team earlier this year. Elisabeth Bachman, Sarah Drury, Jane Collymore, Sam Tortorello and Katie Olsovsky represent the women’s national training team.  More  Spanish


Grupo Murcia 2002 won the title in Benidorm 

 

BENIDORM, Spain, September 17, 2006.- Grupo Murcia 2002 won the IV Women’s International Volleyball Villa de Benidorm Tournament with a victory over Dominican Republic National Team by score of 25-19, 28-26, 15-25, 25-21.

 

Dominican Milagros Cabral was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the competition by the vote of the players.

 

In the match for the bronze medal, Visual Home Benidorm defeated Spar Tenerife 25-14, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 with the good defensive performance of Vanesa Palacios and the attack of Leyla Chihuan and Daniela Patino. More  Spanish


Dominican Republic and Grupo Murcia in finals at Benidorm

 

BENIDORM, Spain , September 16, 2006.- Dominican Republic and Grupo Murcia 2002 will battle for the title in the final match of the IV Women’s International Volleyball Villa de Benidorm Tournament.

 

In the semi final round, the Dominicans, a team in preparation for the next World Championship in Japan , defeated host Visual Home Benidorm while Grupo Murcia 2002 beat Spar Tenerife Marichal.

 

The Dominicans lost the first set and prevailed in a long second set, to defeat Home Benidorm by score of 20-25, 33-31, 25-12, 25-16. More  Spanish


Semi finals are set in Benidorm

 

BENIDORM, Spain, September 15, 2006.- Dominican Republic, Spar Tenerife, Home Benidorm and Grupo Murcia 2002, are the semi finalists of the IV Women’s International Volleyball Villa de Benidorm Tournament.

The Dominican Republic literally pushed off the court the Nova Gorica of Slovenia, a side that was no match against one of the best teams on the planet. It is not a coincidence that in one month they will be battling for the title of World Champions in Japan.

The Dominicans only needed 23 minutes to dispatch the Slovenians 25-10, with a great performance both offensively and defensively. The second set was not different and the Caribbean only needed 22 minutes to beat their rivals 25-17. More  Spanish


Dominican Republic dominated Pool B at Benidorm

 

BENIDORM, Spain, September 14, 2006.- The Dominican Republic recorded two victories on Wednesday and qualified in first place of Pool B at the IV Women’s International Volleyball Tournament Villa de Benidorm.

 

The Dominicans first scored a 2-1 (25-14, 25-14, 23-25) victory over Spaniard Grupo Murcia 2002 during the morning session, and then routed Scavolini de Pesaro of Italy 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-18) in the afternoon. More  Spanish


Dominicans beat Longa Lichtenvoorde in Benidorm Tournament

 

BENIDORM, Spain, September 13, 2006.- The Dominican Republic defeated the Longa Lichtenvoorde Club of Netherlands 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) in the first day of action of the IV Benidorm Volleyball Tournament at the Palau d’Esport L’Illa.

 

Annerys Vargas led the Dominicans with 17 points and Cindy Rondon added 12.

 

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico lost to host Benidorm 2-1 (25-14, 25-18 y 26-28). These two National Teams from NORCECA Confederation are using the tournament as part of their preparation for the next World Championship in Japan. More Spanish


T & T are the new queens of the Caribbean
 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 12, 2006.- Trinidad & Tobago won the women’s CAZOVA title for the first time in ten years prevailing against favorite Barbados in well fought five-setter that finished 25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12 in Bahamas.

 

Kelly Billingy, the United States based star player for T & T, was spectacular in the gold medal match scoring 23 points while Rheeza Grant, the most consistent attacker during the one-week event, added 16 points and Karen Moses contributed five blocks.

 

Billingy, who was nursing an injury but recovered on time to produce her decisive performance, stated after the final: More Spanish


Dominican Republic won Trofeo Ciudad de Abanilla

 

ABANILLA, Spain, September 12, 2006.- The Dominican Republic defeated Grupo Murcia 2002  in straight sets (26-24, 25-19, 25-20), taking the first place at the First Summer International Trophy Ciudad de Abanilla.

The Dominicans, who were coming from finishing in the eighth position at the FIVB World Grand Prix relied on its heavy artillery that included Cosiris Rodriguez, Evelyn Carrera and Annerys Vargas, the latest player signed by Evedasto Lifante for Grupo Murcia 2002. More Spanish


Cuba was the best team of NORCECA at World Grand Prix 

 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 11, 2006.- Cuba was the best team of NORCECA Confederation at the 2006 World Grand Prix with a fourth place in  the annual women’s competition of FIVB.

The Olympic bronze medallists recovered from losing their first two matches and made it to the Final Round with a 6-3 record.

Once in Reggio Calabria, Cuba opened the Final Six Round losing to Olympic champions China 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-16) in Pool A, but came back on the shoulders of Yumilka Ruiz and Rosir Calderon to defeat Italy 3-1 (26-24, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23) advancing to a semi final match against Brazil, winner of Pool B. More Spanish

Cuba Team  

Dominican Republic was the most improved team at the Grand Prix
 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 11, 2006.- The Dominican Republic was the most improved team at this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix, catapulting themselves from eleventh to the eighth position in the premier annual women event.

The Dominicans started the preliminary round with impressive victories over USA and Poland during the Bydgoszcz leg and stretched champions Brazil and Japan –two teams in the Final Six-  More Spanish

Dominican Republic National Team  

Cuba keeps winning streak at World Grand Prix 

 

NINGBO , China , September 2, 2006.- Cuba produced a stylish performance Saturday to defeat Azerbaijan in straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 28-26) at the FIVB World Grand Prix Ningbo leg.

The Cubans improved their record to 6-2 and qualified to the final round of the event to be held in Reggio Calabria , Italy .

Nancy Carrillo was the best offensive weapon for the Cubans, scoring 21 points. Yumilka Ruiz had 12 and Rosir Calderon chipped in 11. More Spanish


Cuba won impressive comeback, Dominicans lost in five sets 

 

NINGBO, China, September 1, 2006.- Cuba staged an impressive comeback victory over Poland in a five-set thriller Friday on the opening day of the final weekend of FIVB World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament.

Cuba, which has five victories in a row, is almost a cinch to make the final round of this annual competition. The score was 18-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-16, 15-9.

Nancy Carrillo and Rosir Calderon had 28 and 24 points respectively to lead the Cuban victory. Yumilka Ruiz added 18 and Yenissey Gonzalez and Daimi Ramirez each contributed 11 points. More Spanish


Vargas and Calderon lead blockers and attackers at the Grand Prix  

 

OKAYAMA, Japan, August 29, 2006.- Dominican Annerys Vargas and Cuban Rosir Calderon are leaders of the blocking and attack departments of the Volleybal FIVB World Grand Prix.

Alter the completion of two Preliminary Rounds, Vargas is tops in blocking with a total of 28 and average of 1.12 by set. Vargas, who had 15 during the three matches in Macau, China, is followed by American Heather Bown with 23 and Cuban Nancy Carrillo with 19. More Spanish


Puerto  Rico won the gold medal at NORCECA U-19
 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 28, 2006.- Puerto Rico won the gold medal at the 2006 NORCECA Youth Men’s Continental Tournament while defeating USA 25-20, 25-22, 25-21. Both teams were already qualified for next year’s World Championship.

Captain Enmanuel Batista was the top scorer with 15 points, Omar Rivera added 13 and Sequiel Sanchez had 11 points. More Spanish


Cuba is now the best team of NORCECA at the World Grand Prix

 

TAIPEI, Taiwan, August 27, 2006.- Cuba recovered from a slow start at this year FIVB World Grand Prix conquering its third consecutive victory in a five-set battle with Azerbaijan.

 

The Cubans have a 3-3 record and they are the NORCECA’s team with better record in the annual women competition. Dominican Republic lost today to China and is 2-3, while USA was defeated by Brazil and is 1-4 in the Preliminary Rounds. More Spanish


USA and Puerto Rico will decide the gold medal at NORCECA U-19

 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 26, 2006.-  Showing composure beyond its years, the USA came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Cuba, 3-2 (18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-13), on Saturday in the semifinals of the 2006 NORCECA Boys U-19 Continental Championship.

 

With the victory they joined Puerto Rico as teams qualified for the 2007 FIVB Boys Youth World Championships. Those teams will meet in the finals on Sunday.

 

“The win over Cuba was fantastic,” said U.S. Head Coach Tino Reyes “The team just wouldn’t quit and kept fighting after being down 2-0. The staff kept preaching and the boys did a great job.” More Spanish


Dominican Republic and USA lost in five sets, Cuba won 3-0 
 

MACAO, China.- Brazil edged Dominican Republic on Friday coming from one set down to win a five-set battle starting the second weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix. Sheilla Castro scored five of her 17 points in the decisive fifth set and Caroline Gattaz came from the bench to block three balls and the double champions Brazilians kept their unbeaten record in four outings winning by score of 25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-17 and 15-8.

 

The Dominicans saw their record leveled at 2-2. In the other match here, China maintained its perfect record but also had to battle during five sets to defeat USA (1-3) by score of 25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 20-25 and 16-14. Meanwhile in Chinese Taipei, Cuba (2-2) defeated Thailand 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-17). More Spanish


USA and Canada advanced to semi finals at NORCECA Boys’ U-19
 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 25, 2006.- USA and Canada joined the semi finals of the NORCECA Boys’ U-19 Continental Tournament scoring easy 3-0 victories on Friday over Mexico and Dominican Republic.

 

The Americans defeated Mexico 25-16, 25-9, 25-13 advancing to a contest against Cuba, while the Canadians triumphed over host Dominicans 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 and now will meet Puerto Rico. More Spanish


Puerto Rico moved to Semi Finals of NORCECA U-19 

 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 24, 2006.- Puerto Rico beat Guatemala 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-9) to win Pool A of the NORCECA Boys U-19 Continental Tournament advancing the semi final round.

 

Rafael Negron scored 10 points and was the only placer with double figures. He was followed by Omar Rivera and William Badillo with 9 and 8 points respectively. More Spanish


Puerto Rico and Cuba lead the NORCECA’s U-19 
 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 23, 2006.- Puerto Rico and Cuba kept their unbeaten records in two outings at the NORCECA Boys’ U-19 Tournament, where the two top ranked team will qualify for the 2007 FIVB World Championship.

The Puerto Ricans beat Dominican Republic in straight sets 25-21, 25-17 y 25-16 and the Cubans also blanked Canada 3-0, earning a spot in the semi finals of next Saturday. More Spanish


Puerto Rico beat USA, Cuba and Dominican Republic also won 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 23, 2006.- Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican  Republic won its opening matches at the NORCECA Boys U-19 Tournament, a qualifier for next year’s FIVB World Championship.

 

Puerto Ricans defeated USA Team in straight sets (26-24, 25-21. 25-20) with great floor defense coverage and good attack. More Spanish


Volleyball personalities decorated in Cuba

 

HAVANA, Cuba, August 22, 2006.- Outstanding personalities from several generations received the Cuban Centennial Volleyball Medal during a ceremony celebrated at the Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum in Havana.

Players, technicians, medical doctors, journalists and coaches were decorated during the ceremony presided over by Christian Jimenez, president of the National Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Institute, Roberto Leon Richard, vice president of the organism and Raul Diago, president of the Cuban Volleyball Federation.

Among the personalities decorated was Dr. Ruben Acosta, president of the Federation Internazionale de Volleyball (FIVB), represented by Mr. Claude Evrad, supervisor in Havana for the Cuba-Korea World League Round. More Spanish


NORCECA Boys U-19 about to start

 

BAYAGUANA, Dominican Republic, August 22, 2006.- USA and Puerto Rico will meet in the inaugural match of the NORCECA Boys Continental Tournament starting on Tuesday at the Municipal Gym of this Dominican province.

 

Cuba will play against Mexico in the following match before the Opening Ceremony where Felipe Payano, the Dominican Minister of Sports, and Luis Mejia, President of the Dominican Olympic Committee are special guests.

 

Alexis Garcia, President of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation also will be in attendance as Nelson Ramirez, President of the Control Committee for the competition. More Spanish


Costa Rica once again won the Women’s Central American Cup 

 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, August 19, 2006.- Costa Rica defeated Guatemala 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16) and won the Women’s Central American Crown for eight consecutive year and eleventh time in the fourteen years of the event history.

The Costa Ricans finished the competition with a 5-0 record and won the 15 sets they played along the way. Guatemala ended with 4-1 mark good for the silver medal and the bronze went to Nicaragua (3-2). More Spanish


Dominican Republic defeated Poland at its own soil

 

BYDGSZCZ, Poland, August 18, 2006.- Nurys Arias led a well balanced attack scoring at least 20 points for the second time, and the Dominican Republic defeated Poland at its own soil by score of 25-23, 25-20, 28-30, 25-17.

It was the second triumph for the Dominicans in three outings at the 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix, finishing the Polish leg only behind the unbeaten Italy.

It was the third time in four contests that Dominican Republic gets the win over Poland going back to the 2003 World Cup. More Spanish


Italy defeated USA 3-1 and won the Polish leg 

 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, August 18, 2006.- Italy defeated USA 3-1 (25-21, 27-25, 18-25, 25-17) and finished with an unbeaten record in three outings in Pool C during the first weekend of play at the 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The match, that lasted 1 hour and 52 minutes, was very intense, especially in the second set when the Italians showed enough mental strength to prevail. USA finished with a 1-2 record.

Antonella Del Core and Nadia Centoni carried most of the load of the Italian offense recording 24 and 22 points respectively, and Valentina Fiorin added 11 points. Tayyiba Haneef led the Americans with 19 and Nancy Metcalf and Heather Bown contributed 15 and 10 points respectively. More Spanish Pic: Nadia Centoni


Japan blanked Cuba in Tokyo 
 

TOKYO, Japan, August 18, 2006.- Japan made a sensational start in the FIVB 2006 World Grand Prix breezing past Cuba 3-0 at Ariake Coliseum on Friday night.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd and inspired by 13 points from power spiker Kana Oyama, Japan came through with a 29-27, 25-18, 25-17 triumph. Miyuki Takahashi and Erika Araki both scored 12 points for Japan in a strong team effort.

Head coach Shoichi Yanagimoto said winning a tense first set was the key to success. Japan had squandered four match points and Cuba had missed one before Japan took it on their fifth attempt.  More Spanish Pic: Omaya was the best scorer in Japan's victory


Costa Rica and Guatemala share the lead at Central American Cup 

 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, August 18, 2006.- Costa Rica, the first ever team from Central America to qualify for the Women’s World Championship, is sharing with Guatemala the top position at the XIV Central American Cup both with 3-0 records.

Led by team Captain Verania Willis, the Costa Ricans have swept Honduras, Panama and El Salvador during the first three days of action of the round-robin tournament that ends on Saturday. More Spanish


USA Women Defeat Host Poland 3-1

 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, August 18, 2006.- The USA Women’s National Team (1-1) evened its 2006 World Grand Prix record on Thursday with a 26-24, 25-22, 18-25, 25-21 victory over Poland (0-2) in front of 6,300 fans at Luczniczka Hall here.

 

Earlier today Italy (2-0) swept Dominican Republic (1-1) 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 in the same four-team round-robin pod named Group C. The U.S. faces Italy tomorrow and the Dominicans meet Poland in the nightcap.

 

Nancy Metcalf paced the USA with a match-high 16 points, Heather Bown added 13, Tayyiba Haneef, contributed 12, Therese Crawford reached 10 points, while Danielle Scott chipped in eight off the bench.  More Spanish


Italy defeated Dominican Republic 3-0 

 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, August 17, 2006.- Italy defeated Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-18) for its second triumph without losses at the 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The blocking of the Italians (13-5) was the key ingredient for the easy victory over the Dominicans who are now 1-1 after two outings.  More Spanish


Dominican Republic start with a five-set victory over USA 

 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, August 16, 2006.- The 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix could not have a better start than a five-set battle won by the Dominican Republic over USA by score of 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 27-25, 15-8 behind the attack of veteran Nurys Arias.

It was the second win for the Dominican Republic the last two contests against USA with the previous one (3-0) at the Pan American Cup in June. More Spanish


Danielle Scott is confident about her role with USA
 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, August 16, 2003.- American Danielle Scott is one of the most seasoned players competing at this year’s edition of the FIVB World Grand Prix and the stellar middle blocker is confident that she can offer encourage and feedback to her younger teammates as the four-week competition is about to start in Poland.

Rating the USA rivals this year, Scott considers Brazil and China the top favorites teams but made it clear that no team can win by rankings or being favorite alone while she expects her side to be competitive in every match.

She also praised the atmosphere that involves the premier annual women’s tournament of FIVB, the opportunity for the cultural exchange that it provides and the opportunity to see friends made through volleyball around the years. More Spanish


Dominican Cruz rates Italy as the team to beat in Bydgoszcz

 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland, August 15, 2006.- Dominican coach Miguel Beato Cruz rated Italy as the team to beat during the Polish leg of the FIVB World Grand Prix starting tomorrow here on Thursday with the matches USA vs. Dominican Republic and Poland vs. Italy.

The other three coaches –Marco Bonitta, Lang Ping and Andrzej Niemczyk- were more cautious in their response to the question about the favorite team of the four competing in Poland.

“If we go the rankings, Italy is the top ranked team here so they deserve to be considered as the team to beat,” said Cruz. “But we are all teams well ranked so I think every squad has the same goal of winning the event and has the potential to do it.”. More Spanish


Dominican Republic and Netherlands split victories

 

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, August 13, 2006.- Women teams of Dominican Republic and The Netherlands split victories in a two-matches friendly series played in Amsterdam and Rotterdam during the weekend.

The Dominicans, who start competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix next Wednesday in Poland, took the first encounter prevailing in a five-setter by score of 25-19, 21-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-9, and the Dutch team won the second by blanking its opponent by 25-21, 25-17, 25-17.

Milagros Cabral led five Dominicans in double-figures in the first match with 20 points while Annerys Vargas followed with 19, including 9 blocks. More Spanish


Cuba won the NORCECA Men’s U-21 

 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 13, 2006.- Cuba defeated USA in straight sets (25-16, 25-20, 25-18) successfully defending its crown as the kings of NORCECA Men’s U-21 Continental Tournament. Both teams were already qualified for the 2007 FIVB Junior World Championship. In the match for the bronze, Canada beat Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11 and also won a ticket to the world competition.

The Cubans dominated all the way based on the strength of their attack and the timely blocking led by Rolando Junquin, elected as the Most Valuable Player of the event. Junquin led Cuba with 16 points and Raidel Delgado and Yadier Sanchez each added 11 points. Will Price was the only American in double figures with 12 points. More Spanish

 

Cubans travel to Japan for the World Grand Prix 

HAVANA, Cuba, August 13, 2006.- The Cuban Women’s National Team traveled to Japan on Sunday to start its participation at the FIVB World Grand Prix scheduled to start on August 18 and finishing at Reggio Calabria in south Italy on September 10. The cornerstones of “Las Morenas del Caribe” are the experienced outside hitter Yumilka Ruiz and middle blocker Zoila Barros, who are getting ready for the World Championship, this year’s most important event in Japan from October 31 to November 16. Also members of team are middle blocker Nancy Carrillo, attackers Rossir Calderon and Yaima Ortiz and setters Daimi Ramirez and Liana Mesa, members of the Cuban squad who won the bronze medal at the Athens Olympics.  More Spanish

 

USA and Cuba to clash for the gold medal at NORCECA’s U-21 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 12, 2006.- USA and Cuba will meet in the gold medal match of the NORCECA U-21 Men’s Continental Tournament with both teams having secured berth for the 2007 FIVB Junior World Championship. In the semi finals round, the USA Team defeated Canada by score of 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 and Cuba beat Puerto Rico 25-17, 26-24, 25-20. In the match for the fifth position Mexico had an easy 25-16, 25-19, 25-12 win over Dominican Republic. The Sunday’s match between Canada and Puerto Rico will give to the winner the remaining NORCECA’s sport for the world competition. Maxwell Holt and Austin Zahn led USA with 14 and 11 points respectively and Canadian Andre Morin scored 11 points.  More Spanish

 

Canada and Puerto Rico join semi finals of NORCECA’s U-21 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 11, 2006.- Canada and Puerto Rico joined USA and Cuba in the semi finals of the NORCECA Men’s U-21 Championship. On Saturday the Canadians will meet the Americans and Puerto Ricans will go against the Cubans. In a match for the fifth position, Mexico meets Dominican Republic. Canada played almost a perfect game to get a 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico defeated host Mexico by score of 25-22, 25-16, 25-21. The North Americans utilized its high blocking to stop the Dominicans and provoke many errors in their offense. “Our blocking created problems to their attack,” said George Laplante, the Canadian coach. “Besides, our serves carried us to the victory.” More Spanish

 

Cuba and USA in semi finals at NORCECA Men’s U-21 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 10, 2006.- Cuba and USA are in the semi finals of the NORCECA Men’s Continental U-21 Tournament after scoring 3-0 victories over Puerto Rico and Mexico on Thursday. In the other match of the day, Dominican Republic beat Guatemala 3-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals.  On Friday, Dominican Republic will meet Canada while Puerto Rico plays against host Mexico. Raidel Delgado scored 15 points and Rolando Junquin added 14 in Cuba’s 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Puerto Rico in just 63 minutes. “My team could execute well in the reception, attack and blocking, but we need to work on our serves,” said Juan Gala, the Cuban coach. “Our goal here is to successfully defend the crown we won two years ago.” William Price and Matthew Anderson contributed 15 and 13 points respectively in the USA 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 against Mexico in 67 minutes. Mexican Juan Virgen (14) and David Alva (10) also scored in double figures.  More Spanish

 

Mexico and USA are 2-0 at NORCECA Men’s U-21 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 9, 2006.- Mexico and USA continued on the winning road after scoring 3-0 victories over Dominican Republic and Guatemala at the NORCECA Men’s U-21 Continental Tournament, a qualifier for the 2007 Junior World Championship in Morocco. Now Mexico and USA have 2-0 records to share the first place of Pool A. These two teams will meet on Thursday for the automatic ticket to the semi finals round. In the other match of Wednesday, Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 in a close battle. The Mexicans got a 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 victory over the Dominicans with Tomas Aguilera and Jesus Gonzalez scoring 11 points apiece. Dominican Jose Miguel Galva had a match-high 16 points. “Now we are going out well motivated against USA,” said Mexican captain Juan Virgen. “We all know that we will have to play hard, that’s for sure.” Ventura Fernandez, the Dominican coach, saw his team taking a step forward. “Today I saw them playing better, but we need to play harder tomorrow to get the win and stay in the tournament.”  More Spanish

 

Mexico, Cuba and USA start strong at NORCECA’s U-21 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 8, 2006.- Mexico, Cuba and USA enjoyed strong starts with 3-0 victories on Tuesday at the NORCECA Men’s U-21 Continental Tournament. Host Mexico beat Guatemala 25-17, 27-25, 25-18, USA defeated Dominican Republic 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 and Cuba won against Canada 27-25, 25-17, 25-17. The top three ranked team of this event will be qualified for next year’s FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship in Morocco. The more experienced Mexicans, and also backed up by the local crowd, dominated Guatemala without major difficulties. The Guatemalans resisted in the second set with a stable blocking, but at the end the accurate spikes of Edgar Herrera and Juan Virgen produced the Mexico’s advantage. Herrera led Mexico with 11 points and Virgen and Pedro Rangel contributed 10 apiece. Jorge Gonzalez had 10 points for Guatemala. “It was our first match and the lack of harmony was evident and in the second set we had setting problems,” said Luis Leon, the Mexican coach.  More Spanish

 

Dominicans win two out of three in France 

BAGNOLES DE L’ORNE, France, August 7, 2006.- The Dominican Republic women’s national team won two out of three matches against France during the weekend in continuing its preparation for the FIVB World Grand Prix. The Dominicans won on Friday 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23) and again on Saturday by score of 25-15, 25-17, 28-26. On Sunday it was time for the French team to get a 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 victory. Dominican Annerys Vargas was the leading scorer of the series with 44 points and she also was co-leader in blocks along with Frenchwoman Irina Poluchtchouk with 11. Other top scorers of the friendly series were Milagros Cabral (37), Poluchtchouk (32), Cosiris Rodriguez (30), Nassira Camara (29), Yudelkis Bautista (29) and Nuris Arias (24). The Dominicans travel to the Netherlands on Monday where they will have two more matches against the Dutch Team in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, before flying to Poland for the start of the Grand Prix. Spanish

 

USA won the gold at NORCECA Women’s Junior Championship

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 5, 2006.- The USA Team captured the gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Women’s Junior Championship with a 25-15, 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 15-9 marathon five-set victory over Dominican Republic on Saturday evening. Team USA and Dominican Republic have qualified for the 2007 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship (U-20) as the top two teams in this bi-annual NORCECA event. Puerto Rico swept Canada 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 in bronze medal match tch and also qualified for the world tournament as the third-place team. “I'm very proud of how the team stayed together, stayed with the game plan in the fifth set after losing the third and fourth,” Team USA Head Coach Craig Skinner said.  More Spanish

 

Dominican Republic and USA will battle for the gold at NORCECA U-20 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 4, 2006.- Dominican Republic and USA advanced to the match for the gold medal at NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Tournament and also secured berths for the 2007 Junior World Championship. The Dominicans defeated Puerto Rico in a close match 25-23, 27-25, 18-25, 25-21 and the Americans took a 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 victory against Canada. In the match for fifth place Cuba walked over Mexico with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 triumph. Puerto Rico will meet Canada on Saturday for the bronze medal and the winner will get also a ticket for next year’s World Championship. Bethania de la Cruz led Dominican Republic with 25 points and got help from Ana Fabian and Altagracia Mambru who added 15 and 14 points respectively. Yarimar Rosa scored 18 for Puerto Rico and Emily Calderon added 16. Dominicans and Puerto Ricans engaged in a close battle during the whole match but at the end the better serves and reception sent Dominican Republic to the final match of the competition. “It was a great battle as I expected because Puerto Rico is a very tough competitor,” said Wilson Sanchez, the Dominican coach. “My players were mentally prepared for that kind of resistance.” More Spanish

 

Puerto Rico and Canada join the semi final round at NORCECA U-20 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 3, 2006.- Teams of Puerto Rico and Canada completed the list of semi finalists at the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Tournament, where the top two teams will qualify for the 2007 Junior World Championship. Following a dramatic five-set triumph over Cuba 22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 15-9, the Puerto Ricans will face Dominican Republic in the first semi final match on Friday while Canada will play USA after its four-set win against host Mexico by score of 23-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22. The Puerto Rican’s serves and their overall defense was the key for the victory in the fourth set and the tie-breaker. “My respect to the Cuban team which played a great match,” said Luis Garcia, the Puerto Rican coach. “But my players never let their rhythm to get down and we kept the strength of our serves and the good defense to prevail.”  More Spanish

 

USA and Cuba leading Pools A and D at World League 

MINNEAPOLIS, August 3, 2006.- USA Team extended its record to 4-2 and took the top spot in Pool A of the World League after two victories against Japan. Blocking was the key to both the United States’ victories by score of 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 on Saturday, and 25-15, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15 on Sunday. James Polster and William Priddy were the top scorers for USA with 28 and 24 points respectively in the two matches while David Lee and Phillip Eatherton each had 17 points. Meanwhile in Havana, Cuba and Bulgaria split victories on Monday and Tuesday after the Cubans arrived to the Cuban capital following their participation at the Central American and Caribbean Games where they lost to Puerto Rico in the match for the gold medal. After three weekends, Cuba and Bulgaria have identical 5-1 record, but the Cubans edge the Bulgarians in Pool D, due to a better won-lost point average. Host Cuba sealed its fifth consecutive triumph in four sets 25-19, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-16 before a large crowd at the Ciudad Deportiva Hall in Havana on Monday. Next day, Bulgaria paid back blanking Cuba 25-20, 25-22, 25-21. Cuba will visit Egypt and Bulgaria will host Korea this weekend, while USA hosts Serbia & Montenegro in Spokane, Washington. Spanish...Pic:  Donald Suxho #7, Phillip Eatherton #6 and William Priddy #8 of the USA attempt to block a shot by Yusuke Ishijima #16 of Japan

 

Dominican Republic and USA to semi finals in NORCECA U-20 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 2, 2006.- Dominican Republic and USA advanced to the semi finals of the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Tournament and will benefit of a rest day on Thursday in this qualifier for the 2007 Juniors World Championship. The Dominicans edged past Mexico in five sets 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9, and the Americans got a 25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 25-15 victory against Canada. On Thursday, Puerto Rico meet Cuba and Mexico clash with Canada in the quarterfinals. Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica will play for the seventh position. The Dominicans showed their traditional offensive game with good blocking but had to face the strong opposition of the host squad supported by more than 3,000 spectators at Nuevo Leon Gymnasium. More Spanish

 

Mexico defeated Cuba in NORCECA’s U-20 

MONTERREY, Mexico, August 1, 2006.- Host Mexico produced a major surprise in defeating Cuba and keeping an unbeaten record in Pool A at the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Tournament.  Supported by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 3,000, the Mexicans beat the Cubans (0-2) by score of 25-17, 21-25, 25-22, 29-27, and now will meet Dominican Republic on Wednesday for the top spot in their pool and a direct ticket to the semi final round of the competition. In other matches on Tuesday, Puerto Rico beat Canada in four sets, Dominican Republic defeated Trinidad & Tobago and USA crushed Costa Rica. During the whole match, the Mexicans showed consistency and the blocking created problems to their rivals. Their attack was led by Captain Zaida Orellana. The win marked the first all-time victory for Mexico over Cuba in junior women’s volleyball and the first in all levels of the gender since 1970. “It was a well fought match and we entered the court with a positive mentality about our chances to win it,”  More Spanish

 

Dominican Republic, USA, Canada and Mexico start on right track 

MONTERREY, México, July 31, 2006.- Dominican Republic, USA, Canada and Mexico started on the right track at the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Tournament where the top two teams will qualify for the World Championship next year. The Dominicans used strong serves and effective blocking to defeat Cuba 25-21, 25-13, 25-21, USA relied on its size to beat Puerto Rico 25-14, 24-26, 25-15, 25-21,  Canada prevailed over Costa Rica 25-10, 25-18, 25-17 and Mexico walked over Trinidad & Tobago 25-5, 25-9, 25-13. Altagracia Mambru led the Dominican attack with 12 points and Cindy Rondon and Bethania de la Cruz each added 10. “We came here very well prepared and our goal is clear: Winning the crown,” said Wilson Sanchez, the Dominican coach. “We know the Cuban strong style, very similar to ours. We worked on our strong serves trying to create problems to their reception.” The match USA-Puerto Rico had up and downs in both sides but the Americans used their height advantage as the key for the outcome.  More Spanish

 

NORCECA Women’s U-20 begin today in Monterrey 

MONTERREY, Mexico, July 31, 2006.- Eight teams begin today the battle for two available spots in the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Tournament for next year FIVB Volleyball Championship. Dominican Republic, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico will play in Pool A and defending champions USA, Puerto Rico, Canada and Costa Rica will compete in Pool A of the event to be held at Gimnasio Nuevo Leon. The top two ranked teams of this competition will advance to the 2007 U-20 Women’s World Championship in a country still to be announced. Among the players taking part, some of the standouts are Dominican middle-blocker Cindy Rondon, with experience in the Italian A-1 League, Cuban Lisandra Valdez and Puerto Rican Yarimar Rosa, the second best scorer at the U-20 World Championship last year in Turkey. The winner of each pool automatically advance to the semi finals while the second and third ranked teams of each pool will meet in crossed matches in the quarterfinals round. The matches for third place and the championship will be played on August 5. Spanish.

 

2006 SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Under 19 to be held in Bermuda

LAUSANNE, 26 January 2006 –  More Spanish

Honduras and Guatemala are the youth champions in Central America

Costa Rica, January 10, 2006.- More Spanish

 –FIVB Confederations confirm support for the re-election of FIVB President

LAUSANNE, December 9, 2005 More Spanish

Constructions for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball are on time for Games in Colombia

 Santo Domingo, December 6, 2005-More  Spanish

Norceca’s teams placed in groups for 2006 World Championships

TOKYO, Japan, November 29, 2005.-   More Spanish ......Results of the Drawing of Lots Women | Men

Brazil won the gold medal and USA the silver 

TOKYO, Japan, November 28, 2005.- More Spanish

USA Girls Sweeps Dominican Republic for NORCECA’s U-18 Crown

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 30, 2006.- More Spanish

Puerto Rico beat Cuba for the men’s gold in Cartagena 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 29, 2006.- More Spanish

USA edged Dominican Republic in five sets

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 29, 2006.-  More Spanish

Puerto Rico and Cuba will play for the men’s crown in Cartagena

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 28, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Republic and USA qualified to the U-18 World Championships

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 28, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominicans and Venezuelans join Final Four  

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 27, 2006.- More Spanish

USA and Dominican Republic share the lead at NORCECA U-18

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 27, 2006.-  More Spanish

Cuba and Puerto Rico are semi finalists in Colombia 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 26, 2006.-  More Spanish 

Canada, USA and Dominican Republic share first place at NORCECA U-18

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 26, 2006.-  More Spanish

Dominicans won in five sets, Cubans and Puerto Ricans are also unbeaten in Colombia 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 25, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominicans triumph in five sets, Canada and USA also win at U-18 in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 25, 2006.-  More Spanish  

Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in men’s play at Colombia 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 24, 2006.-More Spanish  

Cubans swept the gold in Beach Volley at Cartagena 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 23, 2006.-  More Spanish

Beach Volleyball in final stages in Cartagena 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 22, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Republic revalidated the throne at Cartagena 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 21, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Annerys Vargas won the MVP trophy 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 21, 2006.-  More Spanish

Cubans Alvarez-Villar in semi finals of Beach Volleyball 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 21, 2006.-  More Spanish

USA Men Hit the Road for World League

ANAHEIM, California, July 20, 2006.-  More Spanish

Cuba and Dominican Republic will play for the gold medal 

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 20, 2006.-  More Spanish

Cubans, Dominicans and Venezuelans unbeaten in Beach Volley

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 20, 2006.- More Spanish

Top-seeded pairs start with easy victories in Beach Volleyball

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 19, 2006.-  More Spanish 

Mexico and Puerto Rico complete the final four in Colombia

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 19, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Republic and Cuba to semi finals in Colombia

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 18, 2006.- More Spanish

Cuba and Dominican Republic are unbeaten in Colombia

CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 17, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Colombia  start with victories
CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 16, 2006.-  More Spanish

Brazil won the Pan American Cup with sensational blocking

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2006.-  More  Spanish 

Dominicans conquered the bronze with balanced attack

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2006.-More Spanish

Cuba will play Brazil for the gold medal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 6, 2006.- More Spanish 

Brazil dominated USA and advanced to the finals

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 6, 2006.- More Spanish

Puerto Rico blanked Peru and finished fifth

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 6, 2006.- More  Spanish

Canada won a five-setter and finished in seventh place

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 6, 2006.-.More Spanish

USA sensational comeback to beat Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 5, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Republic moved to semi finals and Grand Prix 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 5, 2006.- More Spanish

Mexico beat Argentina and finished in 9th place

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 5, 2006.-More Spanish

Costa Rica qualified in 11th position

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 5, 2006.- More Spanish

Dominican Republic stopped Puerto Rican streak

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2006.-More Spanish 

Cuba qualified for 2007 World Grand Prix

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2006.- More Spanish

Americans finished second in Pool B

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2006.- More Spanish

Brazil defeated Costa Rica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2006.- More Spanish

Gordon carried Canada to second triumph

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2006.- More Spanish

Argentina got first victory in Pan Am Cup

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 3, 2006.- More Spanish

 

Puerto Rico is unbeaten in four outings

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 2, 2006.- Puerto Rico improved its record to 4-0 in Pool A of the Pan American Cup with a triumph in straight sets over Costa Rica by score of 25-14, 25-20, 25-11. The taller Puerto Ricans used their size to establish a high wall at the net and also showed more experience than their Central Americans opponents. The Costa Ricans presented a good fight in the second set but the host team recovered from some serving problems and made an impressive comeback in the late stage. Karina Ocasio, Aury Cruz and Alexandra Oquendo had 14, 13 and 12 points respectively for Puerto Rico, and Verania Willis led Costa Rica with 11 points. Spanish

 

Cuba beat USA in duel of giants

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 2, 2006.- The strong serves helped Cuba to win the battle between the two giants of NORCECA Confederation in defeating USA 3-1 to maintain the perfect record in Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup. The score was 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24. Yaima Ortiz and Yumilka Ruiz, with 20 and 19 points, led five Cuban players in double figures. Nancy Carrillo had 12 and Zoila Barros and Daimi Ramirez each had 10.“We are almost in the Grand Prix but we had to battle against a very strong team like USA,” said Luis Felipe Calderon, the Cuban coach. Heather Bown and Nancy Metcalf each had 16 points and Katherine Wilkins and Tayyeba Haneef added 12 and 10 respectively. Spanish

 

Brazil had no signs of fatigue

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 2, 206.- Less than 20 hours alter losing to Puerto Rico in five sets, Brazil played text book volleyball in their victory over Canada in straight sets by score of 25-22, 25-21, 25-12. The Brazilians came back fully recovered and established their game pattern. The Canadians battled during the first two sets but could not keep the rhythm in the last one. “The serves and the relation blocks, defense and counterattacks was pretty good today,” said Roberto Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach. Mari Steinbrecher was the top Brazilian scorer with 15 points, Fabiana Claudino followed with 12 and Valeska Menezes had 10. Stacey Gordon was the only Canadian in double digits and led all the scorers of the match with 16 points. Spanish

 

Dominicans relied on serves and blocks to beat México

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 2, 2006.- Dominican Republic relied on good blocking and serves to defeat Mexico 3-0 and improve to a 3-1 record in Pool A. One day after beating Canada in four sets, the Dominicans came back strong and dominated the first two sets but needed to work hard to prevail in the third. The score was 25-17, 25-16, 27-25. Cosiris Rodriguez, who had four serving aces, was the top scorer for Dominican Republic with 16 points. Milagros Cabral added 13 and Cindy Rondon scored 11, including four blocks. Claudia Rodriguez and Migdalel Ruiz each had 10 points for Mexico and Bibi Candelas added 9. “I feel good with the way the team performed today and I hope to have a good match tomorrow against Puerto Rico,” said Miguel Beato Cruz, the Dominican coach. Spanish

 

Peru finished Barbados in just 59 minutes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 2, 2006.- Peru dominated Barbados in every phase of the game and had an easy win in the match of Pool B that lasted 59 minutes. The Peruvians blocked and played better defense than the Caribbean opponents and won by score of 25-18, 25-17, 25-21. The Bajans improved in the third set and showed their physical talent but could not match the experience of Peru. Natalia Romanova and Sara Joya led Peru with 13 and 10 points respectively and Yulissa Zamudio contributed with 9. For Barbados, Julia Lewis made 16 points and Shari Matthews added 12. Spanish

 

Venezuela prevailed in long match against Argentina

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 2, 2006.- In a long battle of two young South Americans squads, Venezuela edged Argentina in five sets by score of 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10. The stronger attack of the Venezuelans allowed them to prevail against the taller Argentineans. It was the second win for Venezuela against the same amount of losses and Argentina is still looking to taste the flavor of a victory. Desiree Glod and Jayce Andrade had 20 and 19 points respectively for Venezuela. Others in double figures were: Veronica Gomez (12), Jessica Paz (11) and Aleoscar Blanco (10). Yamila Nizetich led Argentina with 17 points and Antonela Bertolozzi, Marcela Re and Mirna Ansaldi had 12, 11 and 10. Spanish

 

Historic victory for Puerto Rico over Brazil

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 1, 2006.- Puerto Rico scored a historic victory over Brazil in a seesaw five-setter to maintain an unbeaten record in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup. It was the first time ever that Puerto Rico defeated the Brazilian’s first team. The score was 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13. Karina Ocasio and Aury Cruz carried out the load of the Puerto Rican attack with 23 and 21 points and Alexandra Ocasio and Sheila Ocasio each scored 9. Mari Steinbrecher was the top Brazilian scorer with 22 points, followed by Fabiana Claudino with 16 and Valeska Menezes and Joyce Silva each with 12. “It was match of great intensity and I am very happy with the win, but the goal is to qualify for the World Grand Prix, and we still have two matches to play,” said Juan Carlos Nunez, the Puerto Rican coach. Jose Roberto Guimaraes, coach of Brazil, said: “It is the first time I have the chance to see Puerto Rico playing and is a good team. They blocked well at the key moments and we couldn’t execute our serves.” Spanish

 

Dominicans netted emotional triumph over Canada 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 1, 2006.- The solid blocking carried out Dominican Republic to a emotional win over Canada in four sets of battle between these two sides competing in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup. The Dominicans, backed by fellow countrymen living here, won by score of 26-24, 18-25, 25-13, 25-22 with veteran Cosiris Rodriguez leading the way with 19 points followed by 15 of Prisilla Rivera and 13 of Cindy Rondon. Rondon had 4 blocks and Bethania de la Cruz blocked for the last point of the tough contested match. Stacey Gordon led three Canadians in double figures with 17 points and Emily Cordonier and Lies Reimer scored 12 and 10 respectively. “The key was that we executed the blocks at the crucial moments and some of my players responded very well,” said Miguel Beato Cruz, the Dominican coach. “The match was won at the net with great defense.” More Spanish

 

Serve and block was the trademark of Cuba

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 1, 2006.- Cuba improved its record in Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup to 3-0 with a victory in straight sets over Venezuela by score of  25-16, 25-17, 25-21. The blocking and serves of Cuba were the key ingredients for the win. The Cubans had 11 points in blocks and 8 aces. Venezuela showed flashes of brilliance but could not be consistent and the experience and athleticism of the Cubans marked the difference. Dulce Tellez and Zoila Barros had 13 and 11 points, and Yumilka Ruiz and Daimi Ramirez each had 7.  Tellez went 8-for-14 in killings attempts. For Venezuela Veronica Gomez scored 10 points and Jessica Paz followed with 9. Spanish

 

Mexico won for the first time

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 1, 2006.- Mexico recovered from losing the first set and defeated Costa Rica 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-16) for its first victory in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup. Three veterans contributed to the success of Mexico who overcame a spectacular performance of Costa Rican’s captain Verania Willis. Claudia Rodriguez, Bibi Candelas and Yendy Cortinas scored 19, 18 and 10 points respectively while Willis was the only Costa Rican in double figures with 25 points. The Costa Ricans started very strong but could not keep the pace and the experience of the Mexicans was the factor to win the key points. Rodriguez was positive in 17 of 24 killing attempts and Candelas was 14-for-24. Willis had 23 spikes in 35 tries. Mexico now has a 1-2 record and Costa Rica fell to 0-3. Spanish

 

Peru is 2-1 after defeating Argentina

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 1, 2006.- The spikes of Mirtha Uribe sent Peru to a victory over Argentina in four sets (25-20, 25-18, 29-31, 25-21). It was the second victory against one loss for the Peruvians –both against South Americans Teams- in Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup. They had beaten Venezuela the day before also in four sets. Uribe had 18 points and was helped in the attack by Patricia Soto and Natalia Romanova who had 14 and 12. Argentinean Mirna Ansaldi led all the scorers of the match with 20 points and Antonela Berttolozzi (17) and Marcela Re (11) also scored in double digits. Despite the win, Coach Carlos Aparicio was not completely satisfied with the performance of the Peruvians saying “they committed too many errors” but also gave credit to Argentina (0-3) which he considered a good rival. Spanish

 

USA beat Barbados in 54 minutes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 1, 2006.- USA needed just 54 minutes to score its third victory without losses in Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup overwhelming Barbados 25-8, 25-17, 25-11. Nancy Metcalf and Jane Collymore scored 12 and 11 points to lead the Americans. Coach Lang Ping used the match to test some new young players and rest some of the veterans in the team. Setter Samantha Tortorello, just out the college ranks, made her debut in the tournament replacing Robyn Ah Mow-Santos during the third set. Collymore landed 9 of her 13 spike attempts and Katherine Wilkins serves for 4 aces. Spanish

 

Brazilian towers blocked Mexican way

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 30, 2006.- The blocking of Brazil proved to be too strong for Mexico and the South Americans won for second time in as many days in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup. In getting their victory, the Brazilians consumed only 62 minutes and Mexico suffered its second loss of the tournament. The score was 25-8, 25-12, 25-19. Fabiana Claudino and Thaisea Menezes, the two Brazilian towers, had five and three blocks respectively and Mari Steinbrecher led the offense with 14 points. Claudino finished with 13 points of her own and veteran Valeska Menezes ended with 12, including a couple by blocks. Spanish

 

Cindy Rondon led easy Dominican triumph

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 30, 2006.- The Dominican Republic had an easy victory over Costa Rica in straight sets (25-12, 25-11, 25-19) and evened its record in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup. Coach Miguel Beato Cruz rotated his players in the lopsided match and everyone saw action in the contest of only 66 minutes.Cindy Rondon and Annerys Vargas, the only who played in the three sets, led the scoring with 15 and 11 points. Rondon had a 70 percent of effectiveness in the attack with 12 kills in 17 tries and she also served for two aces. Nurys Arias, Milagros Cabral and Cosiris Rodriguez had 8, 7 and 6 respectively for the Dominicans and  Angela Willis was the best scorer of Costa Rica with 10 points. Spanish

 

Finesse of Peru bested Venezuelan power

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 30, 2006.- The power of Venezuela was not enough to prevail in a close battle, and a more controlled Peru at the key moments won the duel between South American rivals by score of 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21 in Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup. The Peruvians took advantage of the opponents’ mistakes but also showed offensive poise with Patricia Soto and Luren Baylon leading their side with 18 and 17 points respectively and Natalia Romanova chipping in 13. Five Venezuelan scored in double figures with Desiree Glod and Jayce Andrade with 17 and 16 points and Veronica Gomez, Jessica Paz and Aleoscar Blanco with 12, 11 and 10. Spanish

 

Cuba beat Barbados in just 52 minutes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 30, 2006.- Cuba once again was very effective in the attack landing 41 of 68 attempts needing only 52 minutes to beat Barbados. Rosir Calderon and Daimi Ramirez each had 13 points and Kenia Carcaces added 10 for Cuba, while Shari Matthews scored 8 for Barbados. Ramirez was positive in 9 of 14 killing attempts and Carcaces scored in 8 out of 14 times.Cuba also showed its blocking and service talent with 8 and 7 points in those scoring categories, with Nancy Carrillo serving for 3 aces Spanish Pic: Rosir Calderón (CUB)

 

Puerto Rico and Cuba won in first day of action

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 29, 2006.- Host team Puerto Rico recovered from losing the first set and defeated Mexico 3-1 (18-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-19) in Pool A, with the big help from two pairs of siblings. Aury and Eva Cruz totaled 41 points with Aury leading all the scorers with 22 and Eva coming from the bench to add 19. Other two sisters in the Puerto Rican team, Sheila and Karina Ocasio had 12 and 11 respectively. Claudia Rodriguez had 13 points for Mexico and Bibi Candelas added 9. In the final match of Pool B, Cuba blanked Argentina in only 59 minutes by score of 25-19, 25-12, 25-16. Zoila Barros and Daimí Ramirez had 14 and 12 points respectively to lead the powerful Cuban offense. Barros was effective in 9 out of eleven spike attempts and Ramirez landed 8 out of 11. Melisa Callo and Antonela Bertolozzi each had 8 points for Argentina. Spanish

 

Brazil beat Dominican Republic with effective blocking

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 29, 2006.- Brazil beat Dominican Republic 3-1 using good blocking and taking advantage of the mistakes committed by its rival, especially in reception and serves. The score was 25-21, 24-26, 25-15, 25-19.Fabiana Claudino was effective in 11 of 22 attacks and added six blocks to lead the Brazilians with 17 points. Three other teammates had double figures with Marianne Steinbrecher, Renata Colombo and Caroline Gattaz adding 16, 14 and 10 respectively. Milagros Cabral was the top scorer for the Dominicans with 17 points, Cosiris Rodriguez had 11, Annerys Vargas 10 and Prisilla Rivera 8 points. “I knew the match was going to be tough,” said Roberto Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach. “I am very happy with our reception and blocking but not with our counterattacks. More Spanish

 

USA defeated Peru 3-0 in the first match of Pan Am Cup

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 29, 2006.- USA defeated Peru 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-20) in the first match of Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup, a qualifier for the 2007 World Grand Prix. Heather Bown scored 13 points and Nancy Metcalf and Tayyiba Haneef each added 12 to lead the American attack. Captain Patricia Soto had 10 points and was the only Peruvian in double figures. “We had a slow start but our offense improved with the match,” said Lang Ping, the American coach. “We still need to keep working in our defensive game.” “We made our debut this year and while I am not satisfied with the result, I feel good because we are going to reach our goal of getting the team together,” said Carlos Aparicio, the coach of Peru. In the first match of Pool A, Venezuela crushed Barbados 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-7) with captain Jayce Andrade leading the scorers with 10 points and Veronica Gomez and Suyika Oropeza cooperating to the offense with 9 points each. In the second match of the same pool, Canada defeated Costa Rica 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-6) with the North Americans dominating their rivals both in technique and size. Spanish

 

Women’s Pan Am Cup begin today in Puerto Rico 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 29, 2006.- The Fifth Women’s Pan American Cup starts today in the capital of Puerto Rico and eight of the twelve teams participating are already qualified for the next World Championships in Japan. “That says a lot about the high level of this competition where twelve squads are beginning the battle to qualify for the 2007 World Grand Prix, but also shaping up their teams for the Worlds in Japan,” said Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA during his welcome words to the participants of the General Technical Meeting prior to the event. “What we are having in Puerto Rico is like a preview of the Teams from the Americas in route to the World Championships,” said Marte. “So, all the people in love with our sport have the chance to watch the action here before it takes place in Japan next November.”“Never, during the past four editions, we had such quality players and teams,” said Marte. “It guarantees a spectacular show of volleyball for the next ten days and the fans of Puerto Rico deserve it.” More Spanish

 

USA is playing in Puerto Rico but focusing in Japan 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 29, 2006.- USA will test new setter and libero during the Pan American Women’s Cup that begin here on Thursday, announced coach Lang Ping. In her second year coaching the American Team, the former Chinese star announced that a new group of players from the college ranks will receive here the opportunity to learn how to deal with the pressure of the international competitions. On the eve of the start of the tournament, most of the coaches adopted the position of “wait and see” and “playing one game at a time.” However, the general feeling of those attending the meeting with the media was that the coaches of the big teams are focusing on the later part of the year and using the present as a laboratory to test new formulas. More Spanish...Click Picture to enlarge

 

They are good looking girls seeking for a medal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 28, 2006.- Their goal is to step up one notch higher than last year and qualify for the 2007 World Grand Prix. Only that yesterday, they appeared more ready to enter a beauty pageant. The Puerto Rican Women’s National Team was introduced to the media on Tuesday during a press conference organized by its National Federation two days before the start of the competition at the Fifth Pan American Cup. And dressed with casual and somehow attractive attire, the slender members of the team looked more like models preparing for a fashion show than the good athletes they actually are. But even with all the necklaces, earpieces, rings and suggestive skirts, they pronounced themselves ready for the ultimate gem. Aury Cruz, the captain of the team, talked about their objectives of finishing among the top three teams of NORCECA Confederation and thus qualifying for the next year’s World Grand Prix, the premier annual women’s competition of FIVB. More Spanish

 

Puerto Rico trained in Spain and Mexico for Pan Am Cup

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 27, 2006.- Following two weeks of intensive training in Spain, the Puerto Rican National Team went to Monterrey, Mexico for its final phase of preparation for the Fifth Pan American Cup. In their last match against the Mexican Team, the Puerto Ricans won 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17) with Shannon Torregrosa as the top scorer with 15 points, followed by Alexandra Oquendo and Aury Cruz with 13 and 12 points respectively. Claudia Rodriguez was the best Mexican with 12. In other news, Graciela Marquez, well known in Puerto Rico where she studies and plays, will be part of the team of Venezuela for the first time since the 2003 Pan American Games.It was also announced that Stacey Gordon, who plays in the Puerto Rican League, will play for the first time with the Canadian Team. Other members of Team Canada are Melissa Raymond, Anne Marie Lemieux and Annie Levesque. The new coach is Japanese Naoki Miyashita. Spanish

 

Yumilka and Zoila lead Cuban Team to Pan Am Cup

HAVANA, Cuba June 27, 2006.- Led by Olympian Champions Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros, Cuba will take part in the Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico starting Friday, looking for the qualification for the 2007 World Grand Prix. The Cuban side, which is scheduled to travel to San Juan today, is in Pool A with Argentina, Barbados, Estados Unidos, Peru and Venezuela. The Pool B is formed by Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Ruiz and Barros, stellar attackers of Cuba, are the only veterans of the triumph during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The rest of the team is completed by attackers Rosir Calderon, Yaima Ortiz and Kenia Carcases, midle blockers Nancy Carrillo, Rachel Sanchez and Dulce María Téllez, setters  Daimi Ramirez, Anniara Munoz and Gisselle Cabrera, and the libero Lisbet Arredondo. Eugenio George, the Cuban coach, explained to the media on Monday that “the group followed a preparation that will take us in good shape to Puerto Rico and Cartagena (Central American and Caribbean Games).” George, who coached the team to three Olympic titles in 1992, 1996 and 2000, along a bronze medal in 2004, considered “beneficial” the friendly matches placed last week with Dominican Republic. Spanish

 

Cosiris Rodriguez optimistic for Pan American Cup

HAVANA, Cuba, June 26, 2006.- The team work and the winning  attitude will be key factors for the Dominican Republic Women’s Team during the Fifth Pan American Cup starting in San Juan, Puerto Rico next Thursday 29 and the Central American and Caribbean Games next July in Colombia, said the team’s captain. Cosiris Rodriguez said that her team has just completed a week of preparation in Cuba prior to the Pan American Cup, a qualifier for the 2007 World Grand Prix. The Dominicans play in Pool B with Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Pool A consists of Argentina, Barbados, Cuba, USA, Peru and Venezuela. “We played seven friendly matches against the Cubans which are our main opponents in our area. That was very beneficial, it helps us to improve and attain good cohesion,” said the 28 years-old attacker. “The strength of the team is the attitude, the disposition, the unity and the desire to obtain a title,” added Rodriguez. More Spanish

 

Canada giving assistance to Costa Rica

WINNIPEG, Canada, June 26, 2006.- The Manitoba Therapists Association is donating medical equipment to be used by the Women’s Costa Rican National Team, that will participate in the Fifth Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico and also in the World Championships in Japan. Dr. Lorne Sawula, who is coaching the Costa Ricans under an agreement between the NORCECA’s Confederation and the FIVB, said this assistance will continue until the big event in Japan. The veteran coach also informed that Team Canada is donating 12 pair of ankle braces to the Central American squad and also mini-volleyball posters and videos for the promotion of the sport in Costa Rica. Dr. Sawula also informed that contacts have been made with manufacturer Asics, who will help the entire team with new shoes and equipment when they arrive to Tokyo for prior to the Worlds. Spanish

 

U.S. Men return to action against Argentina

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 21, 2006.- The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, fresh off its victory at the Pan American Cup, will return to action this week in Tucuman, Argentina, for a five-game exhibition series against the host country. Leading the American squad are 10 players who helped win the inaugural Pan American Cup in Mexicali, Mexico, earlier this month including Brook Billings, Phil Eatherton, Rich Lambourne y David Lee. Pan Am Cup gold medalists Ryan Millar, James Polster, Reid Priddy, Riley Salmon y Donald Suxho are also on the team. Other players making the trip include Gabe Gardner, Kevin Hansen and Christopher Tamas. The Americans, who swept the series last summer, departed on June 20 for Argentina. The action starts June 22 with a match in Tucuman, Argentina. The teams face-off again in Santiago Del Estero (June 23), in La Rioja (June 24), and in Buenos Aries (June 26) before wrapping-up the series in Bolivar (June 27). Spanish

 

USA Women’s National Team Prepares for Pan American Cup COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 16, 2006.- Entering into the second year of the Olympic Quadrennial, USA Women’s National Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping will be looking to expand on the late-season successes of 2005, her first year with the team. The next competition step will be the V Pan American Cup, to be held June 27-July 8 at Puerto Rico. Lang Ping and her staff are still working on the final roster for the Pan American Cup, but she said many of the younger players will be given an opportunity to play. “It will be a hard decision to set the roster,” Lang Ping said. “We need to give the young players a chance to play, and for many of the players just out of the university system, it will be their first international experience.” Potentially, the American roster for the Pan American Cup at Puerto Rico could have as many as five players who competed in the 2004 Olympics. Outside hitter Tayyiba Haneef , opposite Nancy Metcalf , setter Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, middle blocker Heather Bown and middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman all competed in the last Olympics. More Spanish

 

Dominicans and Cubans training and playing in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, June 19, 2006.- The Dominican Republic Women’s National Team is training and playing here along with their Cuban counterparts in preparation for the next Fifth Pan American Cup and the Twentieth Central American and Caribbean Games. Dominicans and Cubans are qualified for the 2006 World Championships, so these tournaments are also part of their camp toward the quadrennial event. Both sides are formed by well known international players and young athletes with ample projections. The teams are carrying out training sessions in the morning and playing during the afternoons. Last Friday, the Cubans prevailed in three of four sets and on Saturday the sides split two sets apiece. During the past five years Cuba and Dominican Republic have sustained a big rivalry in women’s volleyball. Spanish

 

Dominican Elvis Contreras was elected as MVP

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 11, 2006.- Dominican Elvis Contreras, whose lightning spikes contributed to a total of 117 points, was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup won by USA. Besides the MVP trophy, Contreras received a plaque as the top scorer of the competition. He was joined in the All-Star Team by teammates Cristian Cruz as best setter and Carlos Velazquez as best libero. Mexican Jose Martell was the best spiker and American Richard Lambourne made the team as best defender. Canadian Murray Grapentine was the best blocker and Cuban Rolando Junquin was the awarded as the best server. During the closing ceremony, the Organizing Committee and the Mexican Volleyball Federation presented a plaque to Mexican referee Fernando Nava for his long and successful international career. Spanish

 

USA defeated Dominican Republic and won the gold medal

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 11, 2006.- USA recovered from losing the first set and won the gold medal of the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball up defeating the Dominican Republic by score of 17-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-23. Both teams qualified to the Americas Cup to be held in Venezuela next September. Bronze medallist Canada also won a ticket to compete in that event. David McKienzie led the Americans with 16 points followed by Riley Salmon with 10. Phillip Eatherton, Ryan Miller and William Priddy cooperated with 9, 8 and 7 respectively. Dominican Jose Caceres was the top scorer of the match with 24 points, Elvis Contreras had 12 and Eury Almonte 9. “The Dominican Republic is a very improved team and we had to battle for this win,” said the American coach, Hugh McCutcheon. “We had the fortune of having some experienced players who were vital in the late part of the sets. I am very happy being the champions and this is a good start of our season.” Julio Frias, the Dominican coach said: “We are satisfied with the second place. USA is a great team and we gave 100 percent to battle against them. We changed our attack pattern and they still could block very well. Congratulations to them and to my players.” More Spanish  

 

 

Canada won the bronze medal in Pan Am Cup

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 11, 2006.- Canada won the bronze medal of the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup with a victory over Mexico in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-22). The win gave the Canadians a ticket to the next America’s Cup to be held in Venezuela in September. Louis-Pierre Mainville and Pascal Cardinal each had 13 points for Canada and Fred Winters added 10. Mexican Jose Martell led all the scorers of the match with 18 points. “Today the blocking was the key for us and I am satisfied with the third place,” said Glenn Hoag, the Canadian coach. “But my goal here as new coach was to know more about my players and now with this experience we can go back home and correct our mistakes in game situations.” The solid spikes of Louis-Pierre Mainville, who scored eight points, cleared the road to Canada in the first set. Mario Becerra maintained the Mexicans alive in a set where the Canadians led 8-4 and 16-12 during the pauses. Fred Winters broke a 12-12 tie with a spike and Scott Koskie followed with a couple of blocks and Canada took the second set establishing a high wall. Chris Meehan finished out with a big block. Mexico led 8-7 at the first pause of the third set, but Canada quickly took command of the score behind the spikes of Chris Meehan and the rest was history. Spanish

 

Dominican Republic to meet USA for the gold in Pan Am Cup

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 10, 2006.- The Dominican Republic will meet USA in the finals of the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup as a result of its victory over  Mexico in the semi final round by score of 26-24, 25-20, 25-23. Jose Caceres led the Dominican attack with 22 points (18 spikes, two blocks and two aces) and Elvis Contreras and Eury Almonte had 13 and 11 respectively. Jose Martell (21) and Mario Becerra (10) were the Mexicans in double figures. “The close matches of Dominican Republic and Mexico are a tradition and the score 3-0 does not say the true about the game,” said Julio Frias, the Dominican coach. “I am very satisfied with the result and on Sunday we will give 110 percent against USA.” “We are playing better now that we have left behind us some matches,” said Caceres. “We are very pleased with the qualification for the America’s Cup.” Spikes by Martell and Irving Bricio gave Mexico the lead 8-7 and 16-15 at the technical time-outs of the first set, while Caceres kept the Dominican team close. At 20-all, the Dominicans took a two-point lead after two Mexican errors and were ahead 24-22 when Mexico saved two set points with a spike by Martell and a block by Araujo. A touch by Caceres and a spike off the antenna by Mexican Araujo defined the set. The spikes and serves of  Caceres paved the way to the Dominicans who led 8-7 and 16-11 in the second set. Eury Almonte was also a big contributor to the Dominican attack. Caceres continued pounding spikes in the third set, but Mexico responded hit by hit against the wall with Martell as its biggest contributor. At the end, Caceres won the duel. Pic: Jose Caceres (DOM) Spanish

 

USA moves to the gold medal match

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 10, 2006.- USA advanced to the gold medal match of the First Men’s Pan American  Volleyball Cup in defeating Canada in straight sets by score of 25-23, 26-24, 25-19. James Polster and Brook Billings, with 17 and 13 points respectively, were the top scorers of USA while Dallas Soonias and Fred Winters had 13 and 12 for Canada. “We are starting our season and the teams were not able to play their best volleyball,” said Hugh McCutcheon, the USA coach. “We were fortunate to make a couple of plays at the end of the first two sets.” “Now we are n the finals of this event and we are going to play as hard as we can to take the title,” he added. Glenn Hoag, the Canadian coach said: “At a global level we are not able to compete against a team like USA. We need to go back home and focus on building our confidence.” USA led 8-6 and 16-9 in the first set relying on the attack of veteran William Priddy, but several unforced errors mixed with a good reaction by Canada led by Fred Winters conduced to a tie-up at 22. But after 23-all, American Polster attacked and served for the set. The second set was a battle from start to finish and neither of the teams had a lead of more than one point until USA went ahead 20-18. Canada came back to even the score at 24 but a spike by Billings followed by a big block by David Lee gave the triumph to USA. The combination of Polster and Billings worked very smooth in the third set when the Americans also played great defence at the net and won relatively easy. Spanish

 

Cuba defeated Panama and finished in fifth place

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 10, 2006.-  Cuba finished in the fifth position at the First Men’s Pan American Cup with an easy win over Panama in straight sets by score of 25-17, 25-11, 25-17. Raidel Delgado was the top Cuban scorer with 13 points, Pedro Ruiz and Yadier Sanchez each had 10 and Rolando Junquin added 9. Edward Diaz had 10 for Panama. The spikes and blocking of Pedro Ruiz sent Cuba to the victory in the first set. As expected, the Cubans dominated their less experienced opponents in every aspect of the game. It was a repeated story in the second set, this time with Rolando Junquin leading the Cuban side with solid hitting and blocking. Yadier Sanchez led the Cuban strong offence in the third set and finished the match with a subtle winner touch that landed in the Panamanian side.Spanish

 

Trinidad & Tobago beat Panama and qualified in sixth place

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 10, 2006.- Trinidad & Tobago defeated Panama in four sets and qualified in sixth place at the First Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup. With the victory (25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17), the Trinidadians avenged a loss to Panama during the NORCECA Second Round of the 2006 World Championships suffered in Havana, Cuba last year. Captain Nolan Tash scored 27 points –the most by a player in a single game so far- leading four Trinidadians in double figures. Tash had 22 spikes and five serving aces. Sean Morrison followed with 15 and Jessel Davis and Marc Honore each had 11. Domingo Avila was the best scorer for Panama with 13 points. Spanish

 

Historic victory for Dominican Republic over Cuba

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 9, 2006.- The Dominican Republic achieved a historic triumph by defeating Cuba in four sets (25-23, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20) during the quarterfinals of the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup. It was the first victory of a Dominican men’s team over Cuba in the last 44 years, with the previous one attained at the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Jamaica in 1962. Elvis Contreras and Jose Caceres scored 26 and 23 points respectively leading the Dominican attack with Eury Almonte adding 9. Raidel Gonzalez was the top Cuban scorer with 18 points and Yadier Sanchez added 14. “I know this triumph is going to make happy a lot of people in our country,” said Julio Frias, the Dominican coach. “We have defeated a very powerful team.” “Our reception was good and it allowed us to set the attack, and we also served better tonight,” he added. “The team had an extra motivation playing against Cuba and we entered the court with a lot of determination,” said Contreras. “They are a young team but with great quality and very talented.” More Spanish

 

Canada advanced to a semis match against USA

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 9, 2006.- Canada advanced to a semi final match against United States at the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup with an easy victory over Panama in straight sets by score of 25-14, 25-15, 25-19.  Canadian coach Glenn Hoag rotated his players and got a balanced attack with Brett Youngberg as the only scorer in double figures with 10. Christian Bernier, Dallas Soonias and Fred Winters each had 7 points, and Louis-Pierre Mainville, Pascal Cardinal, Murray Grapentine and Chris Meehan each scoring 6 points. Panamanian Jose Cunningham led his team with 8. “They (USA) are a very stable team and I think for us is a matter of getting more fluid,” said Hoag in anticipation of the Saturday’s match. “I am looking forward to have a good competition but we still need to work in our rhythm and combinations.” Canada took the lead 8-2 in the first set, but Panama reacted and won the next eight points with the spikes of Jose Cunningham. However, the Canadians grabbed the lead back behind the offence and blocking of Murray Grapentine and Brett Youngberg and were ahead 16-10 at the second pause. The services by Fred Winters did the rest of the damage. In the second set, the Canadians led 8-6 and 16-11 at the technical time-outs with big production from Winters. Then Louis-Pierre Mainville came from the bench providing solid blocks. The third set was not different than the previous two with Canada using mostly bench players but getting more or less the same results Spanish

 

USA moves to semi finals with victory over Cuba in five sets 

TIJUANA, Baja California, June 7, 2006.- USA defeated Cuba in five sets advancing to the semi finals of the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup. The score was 20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9. The Americans joined Mexico in the semi finals while Cuba will meet Dominican Republic and Panama will play Canada in the next round. David McKienzie was the top scorer of USA with 16 points, William Priddy had 15, Phillip Eatherton 11 and Riley Salmon chipped in 9 points. Cuban Rolando Junquin was the best scorer of the match with 19 points, Yohan Llanes added 15, Yadier Sanchez and Darien Garcia each had 12 and Jesus Cruz produced 9 points. Thursday will be a rest day and the action resumes on Friday with the quarterfinals in Mexicali. Spanish

 

Mexico triumphed again in a five-setter

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 7, 2006.- Jose Martell scored five points in the tie-breaker and Mexico won a second five-setter in as many days by defeating Dominican Republic 23-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 15-12, in the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup. With the victory the host Mexicans advanced to the semi final phase as winners of Pool A with a 3-0 record. Ivan Contreras was the top scorer of Mexico with 24 points and Martell and Gustavo Meyer contributed with 18 and 12 respectively. Dominicans Elvis Contreras and Jose Caceres had 27 and 26 points and Eury Almonte added 12. “The matches against Dominican Republic are always a battle and this was not the exception,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach. More Spanish

 

Canada displayed high attack and block 

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 7, 2006.- Canada came back strong after playing five sets the night before and blanked Trinidad & Tobago 25-17, 25-9, 25-19 displaying its power game. Fred Winters and Christian Bernier each scored 10 points as leaders of the Canadian attack and Pascal Cardinal added 9. Trinidadian Nolan Tash led all the scorers with 15 points. “We are still working on many things but we came focused to execute,” said Glenn Hoag, the Canadian coach. “We respect every team and Trinidad has many good individual players who need to gain consistency.” “Canada gave us a lot of problems with the blocking in the second set,” said Gideon Dickson, the coach of Trinidad & Tobago. “Definitely it is very important for us to compete at this level against teams like Canada.” The spikes of Cardinal and Bernier gave Canada leads of 8-5 and 16-9 during the technical time-outs of the first set and the high attack of the Canadians was too much for the Trinidadians. In the second set, it was the high wall of Canada’s blocking that caused problems to their opponents. After a 8-2 start, the Canadians kept the pressure until the end Despite an early resistance that saw the Trinidadians evened at 11 in the third set, the Canadians maintained the consistency of their attack and blocking and eventually won the match. Spanish

 

Dominican Republic evens its record 

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 6, 2006.- The Dominican Republic overcame a slow start and defeated Trinidad & Tobago in straight sets evening its record in the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup. After losing to Canada on the opening day, the Dominicans came back and beat the Trinidadians 26-24, 25-16, 25-20 with Elvis Contreras, Jose Caceres and Eury Almonte contributing with 13, 12 and 8 points respectively. Nolan Tash had 11 points for Trinidad & Tobago (1-2). “We had problems with our reception in the first set,” said Julio Frias, the Dominican coach, “but from the second set on, we definitely improved that part of our game and made some key adjustments.” Gideon Dickson, the coach of Trinidad & Tobago: “This is a new beginning for our team. We are a team under development and we are learning with each match. More Spanish

 

Mexico edged Canada in sensational match

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 6, 2006.- Mexico edged Canada in a five-set thriller with captain Ivan Contreras spiking for the last point of the sensational match in the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup. The final score was 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 14-25, 21-19 and Mexico improved its record to 2-0 in Pool A. Canada is tied with Dominican Republic in second place with 1-1. Contreras led four Mexican in double figures with 21 points. Jose Martell and Carlos Guerra each added 15 and Gustavo Meyer had 11. Pascal Cardinal was the best Canadian with 21 points, Steve Brinkman scored 16 and Dallas Soonias added 15. “We had not beaten Canada in a long time, so it is a great triumph,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach, “We have a group of players with experience from the European Leagues, like Ivan, Guerra and Meyer with a winning mentality. What we need is more support and to have them more time together.” “Ivan is a great player and he provides leadership to his younger teammates,” said Glenn Hoag, the Canadian coach. “He is very consistent and Mexico played well and deserved the victory.” More Spanish

 

Cuba beat Panama in one hour

TIJUANA, Baja California, June 6, 2006.- Cuba made an impressive debut in the First Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup needing just one hour to defeat Panama in straight sets (25-10, 25-16, 25-16), preparing the stage for the match against USA on Wednesday. Rolando Junquin, Yohan Llanes and Osmany Camejo were the top scorers for the Cuban side with 13, 10 and 9 points respectively. Llanes was positive in 8 of 10 killing attempts while Camejo landed 7 out of 9. Junquin was particularly effective with his serves totalling six aces. Jose Cunningham was the best for Panama with 7 points. Camejo and libero Gustavo Alvarez were the only Cuban players who saw action during the three sets while coach Ramon Lawrence utilized all his personnel. Spanish

 

Mexico started with the right foot

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 5, 2006.- Mexico started the Men’s Pan American Cup with the right foot blanking Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-14) relying on the experience and better technique. Ivan Contreras and Jose Martell, with 14 and 10 points respectively, led Mexico and Carlos Guerra and Victor Porras each added 9. Sean Morrison was the best for Trinidad with 9 points. “It was a real surprise to see Trinidad to play at the level they showed tonight,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach. “They played a great first set and deserve my congratulations.” “We need to make some adjustments in our team with the players like Contreras, Meyer and Guerra who just reported to the squad, but I am confident we will improve as the tournament progresses,” he added. More Spanish

 

Baja California to host U-18 and U-19 World Championships next year

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 5, 2006.- The 2007 Youth Volleyball World Championships, in both genders, will be held in Baja California, Mexico. The announcement was made by Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of the NORCECA Confederation, during the opening ceremony of the First Men’s Pan American Cup. “On behalf of Doctor Ruben Acosta Hernandez, president of the FIVB, I am honoured to announce the decision to grant Baja California the rights to host those events as a recognition to the excellence of Baja California, and its authorities, as sports events organizers,” said Marte. “Thirty two teams from the five continents will be here next year to compete in the U-18 and U-19 World Championships,” Marte added. “You have demonstrated with your hard work the capability to stage those great championships.” Marte stated that the Women’s Pan American Cup is the biggest volleyball continental event and was born in Baja California. “Here we are starting this men’s cup that will be held in Baja California for its three first editions and I am sure it is going to follow the steps of the women’s cup,” said Marte. The Governor of Baja California, Mr. Eugenio Elorduy Walther, pronounced the event formally inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Samuel Ramos, Municipal President of BC and Professor Alejandro Salinas, president of the Mexican Volleyball Federation. Spanish

 

Canadians’s blocking was the key in their first win

MEXICALI, Baja California, June 5, 2006.- Canada recovered from a slow start and defeated the Dominican Republic 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18) during the first match of the inaugural Men’s Pan American Cup. The bigger Canadians dominated the game at the net, building up a high wall that created a lot of problems to the Dominicans. Fred Winters led Canada with 20 points followed by Pascal Cardinal and Steve Brinkman with 14 and 11 respectively. Elvis Contreras led all the scorers with 26 points but he was the only Dominican in double figures. “We improved our serves after the first set and that contributed to our better blocking,” said Murray Grapentine, the captain of Canada.  More Spanish

 

USA needed 54 minutes to beat Panama

TIJUANA, Baja California, June 5, 2006.- USA only needed 54 minutes to defeat Panama 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-8) in the first match of Pool B of the Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup. The Americans, currently number five on the FIVB World Rankings, overmatched their opponents in size, experience and playing techniques. The NORCECA’s continental champions are considered the favourite to win the tournament with Canada and Cuba rated as their biggest opponents. Brook Billings was the top scorer for USA with 9 points followed by James Polster with 9. During the third set of the lopsided match, American coach Hugh McCutcheon used his reserve players with the same or even better results. USA rest on Tuesday and the Panamanians face Cuba in Pool B. Meanwhile, in Mexicali, the Dominican Republic (0-1) meet Trinidad & Tobago (0-1) while Canada and Mexico, both winners on Monday, play in Pool A. Spanish

 

Seven Teams begin the battle in Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup

MEXICALI, México, June 5, 2006.- Seven teams begin today the battle in the inaugural Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup, a qualifier for the America’s Cup to be held in Venezuela next September. USA, Canada and Cuba, teams in preparation for the next World Championships in Japan, will be facing the competition of sides from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. “This is the start of great things for the men in Norceca,” said Mr. Cristobal Marte during his words of welcome at the general technical meeting. “As it has been the case with the women’s Pan American Cup, we hope to achieve the same success with this event.” Canada will meet Dominican Republic and Mexico will face Trinidad & Tobago in Mexicali in Pool A, while USA will play against Panama in Tijuana. More Spanish

 

Coaches of Canada and USA are optimistic in Pan Am Cup

MEXICALI, Mexico, June 5, 2006.- USA and Canada are considered the favourite teams in the First Men’s Pan American Cup starting today in Mexicali and Tijuana, the two main cities in the State of Baja California. Both teams are using this competition as part of their platform toward the World Championships next November in Japan and their coaches sounded very optimistic while talking to the media on the eve of the start of the action. “This is the start of our international season and a good competition to begin our preparation for the next World Championships,” said Glenn Hoag, the recently hired Canadian coach. “We hope to have good matches and to perform.” Hugh McCutcheon, the American coach born in New Zealand, said this will be a very busy summer season for the USA squad. “We are very happy to be here competing against good teams and I hope this tournament will be of good help for our preparation for the World League and the World Championships. It is also our goal to qualify for the America’s Cup.” Cuba will be represented in the event by a young squad which includes a couple of players that are also in their roster for the World League. More Spanish

 

Marte condemns violations by former employee

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, June 2, 2006.- The President of NORCECA Confederation, Mr. Cristobal Marte, condemned today the violations committed by a former staff member of FIVB as well as his lack of loyalty and honesty toward the organization. “The conduct of Mr. Jean-Pierre Seppey during his tenure as General Manager of FIVB, clearly shows an unforgivable typical case of betrayal of trust, and his erratic actions, after his abusive mismanagement was discovered, are both unacceptable and repulsive.” The statement was made on Friday by Mr. Marte, President of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, following a press release made public by FIVB related with the numerous financial dealings made by Mr. Seppey for his personal benefits.“The way Mr. Seppey conducted himself while managing the operations of FIVB was in contrast with the obligations and moral principles as General Manager,” said Mr. Marte from the NORCECA’s headquarters in Santo Domingo. At the same time, the President of NORCECA fully supports the decision adopted by the Board of Administration regarding the absurd aspiration of its former employee to preside the FIVB. Spanish

 

The  FIVB  Board  of  Administration  (representing  31 countries) rejects all challenges by its former General Manager

Lausanne,  1  June  2006  -  The  Board  of  Administration  of  the  International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has rejected a series of challenges by its former General Manager, Jean- Pierre  Seppey,  including  claims  for damages  for  unfair dismissal.    Following  the  recent meetings  of  its  Executive  Committee  and Board  of Administration,  the  FIVB  has  also declared  inadmissible  Mr  Seppey’s personal  candidature  for  the  FIVB Presidency  and rejected Mr Seppey’s claims for commissions on the sale of TV and marketing rights. The FIVB has also demanded reimbursement by Mr Seppey of FIVB funds that he had spent without any justification or benefit to the sports of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.  The FIVB notes that it has since tightened its financial controls to prevent such abuses arising in future and to ensure the necessary transparency to facilitate earlier detection of any questionable payments. The  FIVB  confirms  that  Mr  Seppey’s  name  will  not  be  among the 47  candidates  going forward for elections at this year’s World Congress, as his personal candidature for the post of  President  was not  supported  by  an  affiliated  National  Federation. More Spanish

 

Canadian Teams to host Japan and Poland in June and July

WINNIPEG, Canada, June 1, 2006.- The Team Canada Volleyball Centre has recently confirmed its next series of international volleyball matches being hosted in Manitoba this June and July. The Team Canada Women are up next as they host Japan's 'Takefuji Bamboo' Professional Team for a series of exhibition matches June 10-13. These matches will be the final competitive preparation for the women prior to their participation in the 2006 Pan American Cup in San Juan Puerto Rico, June 27 - July 7. The Team Canada Men will then be hosting Poland for a two game series on July 10 and 11. Both games are scheduled at the Investors Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. For the Canadian Men, these matches will complete the first competitive phase of the 2006 season after competing at the inaugural Men's Pan Am Cup in Mexico, June 3-10, the Hubert Wagner Tournament in Poland June 25-29 and an exhibition tour of Spain from July 3-8. Spanish

 

Ruiz and Barros lead Cuban roster

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 2, 2006.- Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros head the list of the Cuban National Team that will be defending the crown at the Fifth Pan American Cup to be held in San Juan from June 29 to July 7. Ruiz has taken part in 25 World Championships’ matches and 23 Olympic Games’ contests, while Barros has the experience of 20 and 15 respectively. Cuba has won three of the previous four editions of the Pan American Cup (2002, 2004 and 2005) and USA took the title in 2003 and finished second in ’02 and ’04. The Dominican Republic lost the finals to USA in 2003 and also finished second last year in Santo Domingo. The rest of the Cuban squad is completed by Ana Yilian Cleger, Nancy Carrillo, Yenisei Diaz, Liannes Catañeda, Daimí Ramírez, Lisbet Arredondo, Yahima Ortiz, Rachel Sánchez, Yusleidy Herrera, Liana Mesa, Rosir Calderón, Anniara Munoz, Kenia Carcaces, Yusidey Silie, Nataly Grillan and Dulce Maria Tellez. The Cubans are expected to be the first team to arrive on June 25 to play several exhibition matches against the Puerto Rican team.Spanish 

 

Puerto Rico continues preparation for Women’s Pan American Cup

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 31, 2006.- Five players with playing experience in the European Leagues will be part of the Puerto Rican National Team that will compete as host team during the Women’s Pan American Cup to be held here on June 29-July 7. The siblings Eva and Aury Cruz and Sheila and Karina Ocasio are the leaders of the National Team joined by Yarleen Santiago. Shannon Torregrosa, Jetzabel del Valle, Tatiana Encarnacion, Vilmarie Mojica, Glorimar Ortega, Alexandra Oquendo, Sarai Alvarez and Vanessa Velez are back with the team. Setter Dolly Melendez is making a comeback after several years of absence. She was part of the Puerto Rican Team that finished in tenth place during the 2002 World Championships. The team is training daily under the supervision of coaches Juan Carlos Nunez and Jorge Perez Vento. Puerto Rico finished in the fifth position during the 2005 edition of the Pan American Cup, the best result ever for the team in the young history of the Pan American Cup. On June 7, the team will depart to Azerbaijan where they will playing an invitational tournament and will be back in the island on June 21 ready to battle for a qualification to the 2007 World Grand Prix during the Pan American Cup. Spanish

 

Cuba finished second to China in Beilun Cup

NINGBO, China, May 31, 2006.- Cuba finished second in the Beilun Cup, a women’s tournament won by China last weekend. The Netherlands and Russia ended in third and fourth place respectively. The Cubans blanked Russia 3-0 and then defeated the Netherlands 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21), before losing to the host team 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-16). Veteran spiker Yang Hao led the Chinese attack with 14 points while Wang Yimei and Zhou Suhong added 10 and nine respectively. Yaima Ortiz, Nancy Carrillo and Dulce Tellez were the best Cuban players during the tournament. The four teams are going to Beijing to compete in the second leg of the International Women’s Volleyball Tournament from June 1 to 3. Spanish

 

Dominican Men have medal aspirations in regional games

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 30, 2006.- Julio Frias, the head coach of the Dominican Men’s National Team has an ambitious goal for the next Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena: At least the bronze medal. Frias made the statement during the press conference held today to introduce the Dominican National Teams in both genders. “The next Pan American Cup in Mexicali will be the anteroom of our main competition this year,”said Frias. “That competition is going to serve as a preparation to obtain one of the medals in Cartagena.” “In Mexicali we will be facing a strong competition from USa, Cuba, Canada and Mexico,” said Frias. “So it will be an excellent chance to test our team.” Frias pointed out the attack as the best weapon of his side counting on players as Elvis Contreras, Jose Caceres and Eury Almonte as his best attackers. He also said that the biggest weakness will be the lack of a proven middle blocker. “Victor Batista, our main man for the position is finishing up his college career in USA and won’t be able to make this trip, but he is going to be available for the Colombia’s Games,” he said. Last year, in a comeback to the international competition, the Dominican Team finished fourth at the Men’s Continental Tournament in Winnipeg, Canada. They split matches against Canada, battled with Cuba during five sets and defeated Mexico. Pic: Dominican Men´s Team...Click Picture to enlarge Spanish

 

Dominican Cruz optimistic with his team

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 30, 2006.- Miguel Beato Cruz, the head coach of the Dominican Women’s Team is very optimistic about the projection of his team for 2006 and the years to come. “I think we have the human resources to build a very successful team,” said Cruz during the press conference held today to introduce the Dominican National Teams in both genders. “I have in my hands a good blend of veterans and young players, but the most important thing is the young generation of players we are preparing at the lower levels.” Cruz, who is in his first year coaching the women team, is satisfied with the results obtained at the Third Olympiad of Cuban Sport, where they finished in second place behind Cuba. “We are still in the process of making some adjustments but I am confident that we are going to be in good shape,” he said. “There are a lot of competitions and training camps this year before the World Championships.” Cruz said that making the second round of the World Championships is a reasonable goal for his team. “We will be facing giants China and Russia in our pool and the other teams will be Germany, Azerbaijan and Mexico,” said Cruz. “I think we have a good chance to beat those three and move to the next round.” Their main continental competition will be the Fifth Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico at the end of June. The Dominicans also will be defending champions at the XX Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia. Pic: Dominican Women´s Team...Click Picture to enlarge Spanish

 

Cuba announces team for Men’s Pan American Cup

HAVANA, Cuba, May 29, 2006.- Four players of the Cuban roster for the World League and other international compromises lead the side that will represent Cuba in the First Men’s Pan American Cup in Baja California, Mexico on June 5-11. Attacker Dariel Garcia and middle blocker Osmany Camejo are joined by national team rookies Maikel Bastida, a setter, and opposite Raidel Delgado. Other players in the squad are attackers Johan Llanes and Yadier Sanchez, middle blockers Jesus Cruz and Pedro Ruiz, outside hitters Rolando Jurquin and Raidel Gonzalez, setter Pedro Lopez and libero Gustavo Alvarez. Ramon Lawrence, the third assistant of the senior team, will be the head coach, with Manuel Espinosa as his assistant. Ariel Sainz will be the chief of the Cuban delegation. he Cubans will depart to Mexico next Saturday and will debut against Guatemala on Monday, next day they face Panama and close against USA in Pool B at Tijuana. In Pool A will compete Canada, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico. The winners of each pool will advance directly to the semi finals and second and third place teams will meet in crossed matches in the quarterfinals phase. Spanish

 

Cuba’s Men after medals in World League and Cartagena

HAVANA, Cuba, May 29, 2006.- The Cuban National Men’s Team is ready to go to Russia in order to conclude its preparation for their three principal challenges of 2006: The World League, the Central American and Caribbean Games and the World Championships. “We have eight very capable players, injury-free, with great technical and tactical level, some of them already with 35 matches of preparation,” said head coach Roberto Garcia, who does not hesitate to predict the bronze medal in the World League, like last year, and the gold in Colombia during the Games. “In the next five weeks we will emphasize the physical preparation. Different of the thinking of a few ones who say that we are in an easy pool, that is no the true,” said Garcia. “You have to play against Korea, Egypt has grown in the last few years and to beat Bulgaria you must play at a high level of effectiveness.” The Cubans will need a big effort from veterans like Pavel Pimienta and Tomas Aldazabal as also from the younger players like Osmany Juantorena, Yasser Portuondo, Raidel Poey, setter Odelvis Dominico and the less experienced libero Jorge Luis Sanchez. Garcia said these are also the men that will battle for the title during the Cartagena Games. “Winning the title is not an easy task,”said Garcia. “Puerto Rico has three men in the European Leagues, Venezuela is a respected rival and Dominican Republic has improved with five players competing in foreign circuits.” Spanish

 

Cristobal Marte announces 2006 Dominican Women’s Program

SANTO DOMINGO, May 26, 2006.- No one will be better prepared for the FIVB World Championships in Japan this year than the women's team from the Dominican Republic. After taking part of the Third Olympiad  of Cuban Sport, the Dominican Republic will play competitions or hold training camps in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, France, Netherlands, Poland, Macau, Japan, Mexico and China. Finally, the Dominicans will hold a training base in Tokyo, Japan on October 23-29, playing against the Japan National Team and different teams from the Japanese Women’s League. The announcement was made today by Mr. Cristobal Marte, President of the Women’s National Program of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation, during a press conference at the headquarters of the organization. He also presented the financial report of the program for the years 2004 and 2005. More Spanish

 

Skinner to coach USA Women's Junior National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 23, 2006.- Craig Skinner, head coach of the University of Kentucky women’s volleyball team, will take over as head coach of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, USA Volleyball has announced. He will replace Toshi Yoshida, 2004 women’s Olympic head coach, who has taken a position with the Pioneer Volleyball Club in Japan. “We were very pleased to get Craig Skinner to coach the women’s junior national team,” said Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball’s director of high performance indoor national programs. “He has found success throughout his career both as a player and a coach.”  Skinner, the 2005 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, will lead the Junior National Team into the 2006 Under-20 NORCECA Championships. The team will assemble in Colorado Springs, and train at The Olympic Training Center from July 13-29. The NORCECA Championships will be conducted from July 31-Aug. 5 in Monterrey, Mexico. Spanish

 

Dominican coach facing a pleasant problem

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 24, 2006.- Miguel Beato Cruz has a problem….and that is a pleasant one. The head coach of the Dominican Republic’s women national team has his hands full of players and only twelve seats to be occupied for the next Pan American Cup and the World Championships. “This is one special situation never experienced before in the case of our team,” said Cruz during a training session of his squad. “It is a headache for the coach, but one you accept happily.” All the Dominicans playing in foreign leagues are back in the country and have reported to the busy training camp where they work out in morning and night sessions the seven days of the week. “At the moment we have a lot of candidates and only a few spots to be defined,” he said. “But we have to deal with that situation and select what we considered are the top qualified.” The physical preparation of the players that are back from Europe is another issue, Cruz is handling now. “Some of the athletes playing in the foreign leagues need to get in top physical shape,” said Cruz. “They improved their tactical and technical part but now we need to take them to the top of their game and that include the conditioning of their bodies.” Spanish

 

Cuban Team bound to Russia for training camp

HAVANA, Cuba, May 24, 2006.- The elite group of 18 men Cuban players will leave bound to Russia next Saturday to participate in a training camp until July 11 –with a Poland Tournament in between at the end of June- to select the 12 finalist that will debut against South Korea in the World League starting in several countries of the planet on July 14. Cuba has the goal of qualifying among the medallists of the event, a feat achieved last year when they finished in third place, the best ranking accomplished in the last six years since the renovation of the squad in 2002. Veterans Pavel Pimienta and Tomas Aldazabal head the team joined by talented and experienced Osmany Juantorena, Yasser Portuondo, Henry Bell, Raidel Poey and Odelvis Dominico. While taking part of the World League, the Cuban side also will compete at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia and another group will participate in the First Pan American Cup in Mexicali and Tijuana on June 3-12. Spanish

 

Cuba’s women are in China and Venezuela

HAVANA, Cuba, May 23, 2006.- The National Cuban Women’s Team, led by Olympians Rosir Calderon, Nancy Carrillo, Yaima Ortiz and setter Daimi Ramirez, arrived in China to dispute the two traditional spring tournaments starting on May 24, and the Montreux Volley Masters on June 6-12 in Switzerland. Kenia Carcaces, Rachel Sanchez, Dulce Maria Tellez, Yusleidis Herrera and setters Anniara Munoz and Gisell Cabrera and libero Lisbet Arredondo are also members of the team coached by Luis Felipe Calderon and Eider George. The group is scheduled to be back in Cuba and join the rest of the national team that include star players as Zoila Barros and Yumilka Ruiz who is training under the supervision of veteran coach Eugenio George, and determine the members of the squad that will participate in the Fifth Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia. Meanwhile, a team composed by members of the National Junior Team and some veterans like Indira Mestre, Maibelis Martinez and Natali Grinan left to Venezuela last Saturday to participate in a training camp and celebrate some friendly matches until June 10. Spanish

 

FIVB Board of Administration drives Volleyball and Beach Volleyball forward

Lausanne, 23 May 2006 – At the end of its three-day session in Lausanne, the FIVB Board of Administration confirmed the Executive Committee’s positive conclusions from earlier this week with its approval of numerous proposals designed to develop Volleyball and Beach Volleyball globally. Furthermore, the FIVB Board also unanimously confirmed the candidature of incumbent President Dr Rubén Acosta for re-election for a further four years.  The candidature was presented by the Mexican National Federation, in accordance with the FIVB Constitution, and will be voted at the FIVB Congress, the sport’s highest decision-making body, in Tokyo in October, prior to the FIVB World Championships. The FIVB Board - comprising Members from 31 countries – unanimously approved the Executive Committee’s conclusion that this was the only candidature presented in accordance with the FIVB Constitution. The Executive Committee and Board had also considered, but dismissed, the personal candidature of the FIVB’s former General Manager presented by himself but which was not supported by an affiliated National Federation. More Spanish

 

Team Canada Loses to China in decisive match

WINNIPEG, Canada, May 19, 2006– The Team Canada Senior Men’s team lost to China at the Investors Group Athletic Centre tonight by a score of 3-0; an unexpected turn of events after this week’s seesaw battle that saw the teams split the first two games in close, five set matches.  Set scores tonight were 20-25, 29-31, 24-26. Canada won the first encounter by scores of 20-25, 33-31, 26-28, 25-21, 15-13 and China tied up the series winning the second match by scores of 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-13. Around 2,000 Canadian and Chinese fans were given a treat, as the 12th-ranked Canadians and 15th-ranked Chinese teams battled it out to claim victory of the first exhibition series of the international volleyball season. In the end it was China who came out on top thanks in part to their experience. Coming up big for Canada despite the loss, were Dallas Soonias with 15 points (12 kills, 3 blocks), and veteran Steve Brinkman who had 11 points including 4 kills and 7 blocks. The team will now re-group and prepare for the first-ever Men’s Pan American Cup, where they will face the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago in Pool A, before crossing over to face powerhouse Cuba and rivals USA. Spanish

 

Cuba announces 18 players for World League and Cartagena  

HAVANA, Cuba, May 18, 2006.- The 18 Cuban players registered for the World League, that starts on July 14, have been announced and in that group are also those who will defend the national colours at the Central American and Caribbean Games during the second half of that month in Cartagena, Colombia. Veterans like middle blocker Pavel Pimienta and opposite Tomas Aldazabal head the list in terms of experience participating in the most World Leagues editions as Pimienta has 10 and Aldazabal 7. Others with less experience, but with intense participation in the last few years, join this duo. They are outside hitters Osmany Juantorena, Yasser Portuondo and Henry Bell, opposite Raidel Poey and middle blocker Odelvis Dominico, all with four participations. Completing the Cuban Team are: Roberlandy Simon, Osmany Camejo, Ariel Garcia, Miguel Sanchez and Raidel Delgado. Also setters Yoandri Diaz, Oreol Camejo and Maikel Batista and liberos Jorge Sanchez and Kerbis Gutierrez. Coach Roberto Garcia stated that on the shoulders of these men we have all our hope for these two compromises during the mid part of the year. Also they are the base of the Cuban Team for the World Championships next November. Spanish

 

FIVB Executive Committee upbeat in the World Championship year 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 18, 2006 – After three full days of meetings, the annual session of the FIVB’s Executive Committee ended on an upbeat note, with all the delegates showing a desire to go the extra mile to develop and promote the sport in its World Championship year. Having reviewed numerous recommendations covering all aspects of the sport, from refereeing to coaching, from technical considerations to development, in addition to a detailed look at the sport’s numerous international competitions, the FIVB Executive Committee approved some important proposals to be put forward to the FIVB Board of Administration. The general conclusion of the meeting was that the sports of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball are in excellent shape. Whereas Beach Volleyball enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2005, with prize money topping 7.5 million US dollars for the first time, the FIVB’s premier men’s Volleyball competition, the World League, writes its own new chapter in Volleyball history in 2006 with a total of 16 teams competing for a record 20 million US dollars in prize money. More Spanish

 

Three Puerto Rican pairs in SWATCH-FIVB Tour

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 18, 2006.- For the first time in history of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, three national pairs of beach volleyball will be participating at the same time in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. The pairs of Raul Papaleo-Joseph Gil in the men division and Lyann Puig-Yamileska Yantin in the women field, will be joined by the junior duo of Christopher Underwood-Robert Rodriguez and will travel on Thursday to China to start their participation in the tour. Papaleo-Gil and Puig-Yantin are preparing to represent Puerto Rico at the XX Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia this summer. Meanwhile, Underwood-Rodriguez will defend the national colours at the Men’s U-21 to be held in Poland on August 23-27. The two men pairs will take part in the tournaments of China, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, France and Canada. The women pair will play in the stops of China and Greece and then will train and play in Brazil before going to France and Canada in preparation for the compromise in Colombia. Spanish

 

Four Cuban Pairs in SWATCH-FIVB Tour 

HAVANA, Cuba, May 17, 2006.- Four Cuban pairs will depart to Shanghai, China next Friday to participate in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour that started last weekend in Modena, Italy and incluye 15 stops, with tour with category of Grand Slams. In the women’s side, Olympians Tamara Larrea-Dalixia Fernandez will be back at the most important annual beach tournament along with Imada Estevez-Milagros Crespo, also with experience on the foreign sands, ranked 13 and 15 at world level. In the men’s side will compete Francis Alvarez Cutino-Wilfredo Villar and Adrian Calderon-Liam Sem Estrada. Cutino-Villar have the mission of obtaining good results in the early stops, blending the experience of one and the impetuosity of the younger, and then playing in China, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway and France and battling for the crown at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, next July. Similar duty will be facing Tamara-Dalixia, the pupils of Osvaldo Abreu, in that regional meeting after participating in China, Greece, Switzerland, Norway and France, while Calderon-Estrada and Estevez-Crespo compete in St. Petersburg. Spanish

 

 

FIVB President Rubén Acosta definitively acquitted by Swiss court

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 15, 2006 – The former president of the Argentinean Volleyball Federation, Mario Goijman, had accused FIVB President Rubén Acosta of manipulation of accounts and corruption. These accusations were declared null and without foundation by the Tribunal de Police in Lausanne in a ruling made public on 15 March 2006. Mario Goijman immediately announced his intention to appeal against this ruling acquitting President Acosta, who had been the target of his attacks for three and a half years. The fact is that after having made his appeal Mario Goijman failed to substantiate it. The appeals court therefore declared the appeal inadmissible and rejected it in a ruling of 4 May 2006. This ruling is enforceable. President Acosta is consequently definitively cleared of all charges. This therefore confirms what the President of the FIVB had always claimed when confronted with the accusations brought against him by Mario Goijman. Mr Acosta is happy that this legal ruling puts an end to an affair that has for too long been used as in attempts to tarnish his reputation and, through him, the reputation of the International Volleyball Federation. Spanish

 

Trinidad & Tobago won the ticket to Colombia

HAVANA, Cuba, May 15, 2006.- Trinidad & Tobago twice defeated Guatemala and won the eighth and final ticket for the Men’s Tournament of the Central American and Caribbean Games next July in Cartagena, Colombia. At the National Volleyball Center in Havana, the Trinidadians consecutively prevailed by scores of 3-1 (27-25, 25-22, 30-32, 25-20) and 3-2 (30-28, 25-21, 24-26, 21-25,17-15).The winners showed an excellent physical shape although the Guatemalans mounted a strong resistance, mainly in the second match when they reacted to tie it up and force a fifth and decisive set.Both matches were very close, with up and downs, but a lot of competitiveness by both sides led by Trinidadian John Davis and attacker Hugo Garcia, captain of Guatemala. Spanish

 

Canadian Beach Players Prepare to Take on World

WINNIPEG, Canada, May 10, 2006.- The summer has officially begun for Canada’s top beach volleyball players with the 2006 FIVB World Beach Volley Tour season opener slated to start this Wednesday in Modena, Italy for the women, and next week in Shanghai, China for the men. Canadian Champions Marie-Andrée Lessard and Sara Maxwell will be looking to continue their run on the tour. The highest Canadian ranked team last year; the pair has opted out of the first event and will join the tour in China next week. Olympian Annie Martin and her new partner Kara Zakrewski along with Marie-Christine Pruneau & Caroline Fiset will have their first taste of international play together. The men will join the tour in China with 3-time Olympian Mark Heese teaming up for the first few events with big man Richard Van Huizen while Conrad Leinemann and Ahren Cadieux will start the season together. Young Guns Mark Ellington and Wes Montgomery along with Darren Goss and Domingo Miguel will be looking to earn their rightful spot with the top teams on tour. Spanish..Pic: Marie-Andrée Lessard and Sara Maxwell

 

Canada announces 2006 Senior Men’s Roster

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 10, 2006.- The Team Canada Volleyball Centre is happy to announce the Senior Men’s roster for the 2006 International Volleyball season. This year’s team is made up of 19 veteran and up-and-coming athletes, and was selected after an intense four-day Selection Camp held this past weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Athletes selected to Team Canada’s Senior Men’s team are: Setters: Scott Koskie, Mike Munday, Josh Howatson. Right Side: Paul Duerden, Dallas Soonias, Kris Brand. Left Side: Fred Winters, Pascal Cardinal, Christian Bernier, Dan Lewis, Nicholas Cundy, Alexandre Gaumont-Casias, Louis-Pierre Mainville, Jean-Francois Grondin. Middle Blockers: Murray Grapentine, Steve Brinkman, Brett Youngberg, Chris Meehan. Libero: Chris Wolfenden. Veteran player Terry Martin is also expected to join the team later this year. The team will now train for a week before taking on 2008 Summer Olympic Games host, China, for matches on May 16th and 18th. More Spanish

 

Anaheim will be the new home of USA Men Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 9, 2006.- Members of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team will be welcomed to their new home in Anaheim, California, and introduced to the local media and city dignitaries at a press conference today. Mayor Curt Pringle, the Anaheim City Council, USA Men's Volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon and the team will be joined by the Southern California Volleyball Association's Shannon Rios and several team sponsors. Volleyball gold medalists Karch Kiraly and Troy Tanner and other present and former players will also attend the conference, which will take place at the American Sports Center. The following members of the current USA Men’s Volleyball Team are scheduled to attend the conference: Brook Billings, Kevin Hansen, Dave Lee , Dave McKienzie, Paul Munoz, Nils Nielsen, Peiter Olree, Jimmy Pelzel, James Polster, Reid Priddy,  Donald Suxho,  Brandon Taliaferro,  Chris Tamas, Delano Thomas and Curt Toppel. Spanish

 

Schedule of First Men’s Pan American Cup announced

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 8, 2006.- The competition schedule of the First Men’s Pan American Cup with the participation of eight teams, was announced today. The event will be held in the Mexican cities of Mexicali and Tijuana, Baja California and is a qualifier for the America’s Cup in Brazil later this year. Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago will play in Pool A in Mexicali, while USA, Cuba, Guatemala and Panama will compete in Pool B in Tijuana. The winner of each pool in the round robin competition automatically will advance to the semi finals, with the teams qualified in second and third place of each pool meeting in crossed matches during the quarter finals. The competition schedule is as follows: Pool A June 5: Canada vs. Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico; June 6: Dominican Republic vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Canada vs. Mexico; June 7: Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Dominican Republic vs. Mexico. Pool B June 5: USA vs. Panama and Cuba vs. Guatemala; June 6: Guatemala vs. USA and Panama vs. Cuba; June 7: Panama vs. Guatemala and USA vs. Cuba. Spanish

 

Brazil will go to Pan American Cup with powerful squad

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 7, 2006.- The Brazilian Volleyball Confederation announced the list of 18 players nominated to participate at the Fifth Women’s Pan American Cup to be held here from June 29 to July 7. Five of those players took part at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and nine were part of the Brazilian Team during the World Grand Champions Cup won by the South American squad in Japan last year. Captain Valeska Menezes, and talented Fabiana Claudino lead the Brazilian side that will be under the coaching of Jose Guimaraes who has been at the helm of the team since the World Grand Prix of 2003. Other players on the team currently ranked 2 in the world, include Fernanda Rodrigues, Ana Takagui, Marianne Steinbrecher, Danielle Lins, Carolina Gattaz, Thaisa Menezes, Fernanda Alves, Welissa Gonzaga, Marcelle Moraes, Jacqueline Carvalho, Sonia Benedito, Fabiana Oliveira, Arlene Xavier, Natalia Pereira, Renata Colombo and Joyce Silva. The Fifth Pan American Cup is a qualifier for the 2007 World Grand Prix. The best three ranked teams of the event plus the top ranked South American advance to the Grand Prix. Pic: Valeska Menezes...Spanish

 

Occidentals won the gold in a battle against Dominican Republic

SANTIAGO, Cuba, May 7, 2006.- Occidentals edged Dominican Republic in a strong battle by score of 33-31, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 taking the gold medal of women’s volleyball at the Third Olympiad of Cuban Sport. Orientals won the bronze by defeating Venezuela. Veteran Yaima Ortiz and young prospect Rachel Sanchez, both of the National Cuban Team, were among the best for the winners. Former Cuban Star Mireya Luis, member of the three-time Cuban Olympic gold medal teams, praised the quality of the match saying that “even they were not the complete national teams, it was a good chance to see their development level.” In the semi finals, Occidentals had defeated Venezuela 25-22, 25-16, 16-25, 25-11 and Dominican Republic had swept Orientals 25-16, 25-22, 25-13. “I am satisfied with what I have seen,” said Miguel Beato Cruz, the Dominican coach. “Young players like Bethania de la Cruz, Cindy Rondon and Karla Echenique have had an outstanding improvement and I think this is going to be an important year in our international competitions.” In the men’s tournament, Orientals won the gold medal with an unbeaten record defeating Occidentals 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24. Universitarios won the bronze beating Venezuela. Pic: Yaima Ortiz...Spanish

 

Canada Volleyball Senior Men’s Selection Camp Starts Today

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 4, 2006.- The international volleyball season is officially underway for the Team Canada Volleyball Centre, as athletes arrive for the annual Senior Men’s Selection Camp, scheduled for May 4th - 8th, 2006 at St. John’s Ravenscourt High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The purpose of the Selection Camp is to identify and select the group of athletes that will have immediate and long-term impact on the Senior Men’s National Team. Athletes at this camp, who include both athletes identified at the Prospects Camp held in March and members of last year’s Senior A & A2 team, will be vying for the chance to be selected to compete and train with the Senior Men’s Team.  More Spanish

 

Local pairs dominated Beach Volleyball at the Cuban Olympiad

HAVANA, Cuba, May 4, 2006.- The best Cuban pairs, Tamara Larrea-Dalixia Fernandez in women and Francisco Alvarez-Oney Ramirez in men, took the gold medals of Beach Volleyball in the Third Olympiad of Cuban Sport. Larrea-Fernandez, representing Orientales A, defeated Milagros Crespo-Imara Estevez of Centrales A, by score of 21-17, 19-21, 17-15, while Cutino-Ramirez (Orientales A) also needed three sets to prevail over Wilfredo Villar-Liam Sem Estrada (Centrales A) by score of 19-21, 21-10, 15-6. The bronze medal in the women division went to Amarelis Marcella-Lirmeth Sanchez of Venezuela and the men’s third place was taken by Cubans Adrian Calderon-Yusnaikel Argilago of Occidentales A. Larrea and Calderon were elected as the most outstanding players of the competition. The event was held at the National Center of Beach Volleyball in Ciego de Avila with the participation of 21 teams -13 men and 8 women. Spanish

 

Dominicans advance to semi finals in Cuban Olympiad

HAVANA, Cuba, May 3, 2006.- Dominican Republic and Russia qualified to the semi finals of the Women’s Volleyball Tournament of the Third Olympiad of Cuban Sport while the team representing Venezuela was eliminated from contention. After losing to Orientales 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 25-22) in their first outing in Pool B, the Dominicans came back and won their next two matches against Centrales and Universitarias. They beat Centrales 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-12) and then defeated Universitarias 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 17-25, 25-11). Orientales finished with 3-0 record winning the pool. In the Pool A of only three sides, Occidentales beat Venezuela 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-16) and Russia 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-16) while the Russians edged Venezuela 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11). In the semi finals,Dominican Republic will meet Occidentales and Russia will play against Orientales. Spanish

 

Bajans’s pairs qualified to Cartagena

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 3, 2006.- The pairings of Mona Crawford-Shirnelle McPherson in the women and Winston Gittens-Sean Codrington in the men have qualified to represent Barbados in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Cartagena, Colombia in July. Playing at Brandons beach on National Hero's Day in the first event for 2006 of  The Sizzlin Sand Beach Volleyball Barbados National Tour Series, Gittens-Codrington dominated the men’s category playing undefeated in the preliminary rounds before disposing of the team of St. Almon Burt-Hudson Griffith in the finals 22-20, 21-17 to book their spot for Columbia. The event organised in conjuction with the Barbados Volleyball Association also saw in the women’s category the team of Crawford-McPherson coming from behind to register an upset win over Lauren Whitehall-Shakira Bridgeman 14-21, 21-19, 15-12. Spanish

 

The Jim Coleman Award created in NORCECA

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 2, 2006.- The Jim Coleman Award, a honor to the most outstanding coach of the NORCECA’s Men Continental Championships, has been created. The Executive Committee and Board of Administration of NORCECA unanimously approved the proposal made by Mr. Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball and member of both bodies of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation of which Mr. Coleman was a co-founder. The award, in a form of a trophy, will be presented every two years at the conclusion of the men’s most important continental tournament within NORCECA. Mr. Coleman was a symbol of American Volleyball particularly at the international level. He took part in seven Olympic Games, eight Pan American Games, five World Cups, six World Championships and eleven NORCECA Championships. more Spanish

 

 

President of DR Olympic Committee praises development of Volleyball

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 29, 2006.- The President of the Dominican Olympic Committee praised this Saturday the evolution of the sport of volleyball at a world level which he rated as one of the top five in the planet.Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo paid a visit to the meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Administration of NORCECA being held here. “Volleyball is an example of creativity and professionalism,” said Mejía. “From a boring sport has gone to one attractive to television and sponsors.” “We have to celebrate that the changes implemented by the International Federation under the leadership of Dr. Ruben Acosta can also be achieved by NORCECA with Dominican Cristobal Marte,” said Mejia. Spanish

 

 

Montserrat National Federation is reinstated

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 29, 2006.- The National Federation of Montserrat has been reinstated and Mr. Denfield Morris is its new president. The announcement was made on Friday by Mr. Mushtaque Mohammed, president of CAZOVA zonal association during the first day of the NORCECA’s Executive Committee and Board of Administration meetings. Mohammed also informed that the process of electing new authorities of Grenada National Federation is in the final stages. Both NF will be attending the next FIVB Congress in Japan completing the 35 volleyball associations affiliated to NORCECA Confederation. It was also announced that educational medical seminars about the dangerous consequences of performance enhancing substances will be addressed to the participating teams in NORCECA’s events. The proposal was presented by Dr. Andres Pina del Rosario, president of the Medical Commission, and received unanimous support. Spanish

 

The increase of Beach Volleyball in NORCECA is the main goal

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 28, 2006.- The increase of Beach Volleyball activities within the NORCECA Confederation during the next four years was considered by Mr. Cristobal Marte as the main goal of the organization. The president of NORCECA made his statement during the opening day of the Executive Committee and Board of Administration meetings in Santo Domingo. “The National Federations must get involved in the organization of the Beach Volleyball events,” said Mr. Marte. “From a financial and logistic point of view is a lot easier to stage competitions of Beach Volleyball and the sport is very attractive to potential sponsors.” Mr. Marte also welcomed the new members of the Executive Board, Mr. Doug Beal of USA, Mr. Glenn Quinlan of St. Kitts, Mr. Carlos Beltran of Puerto Rico, Mr. Rupert Sorhaindo of Dominica and Ms. Marta Centeno de SAJCHÉ of Guatemala. He praised the capabilities of the new members and the contributions that they will be able to give to NORCECA for the new term of 2005-2009. Spanish

 

 

Angel O. Berrios passed away in Puerto Rico

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 28, 2006.- Puerto Rican Angel O. Berrios, a long time member of the volleyball family, passed away on Friday of consequences of a stroke suffered last November.  Mr. Berrios was the owner of the Criollas of Caguas, a franchise of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League. “The death of Mr. Berrios is a big loss for the Puerto Rican Volleyball,” said Mr. Carlos Beltran, president of the National Federation of Puerto Rico. “He will be missed and his contributions to the development of our sport will never be forgotten.” Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, said: “We receive the news with great sorrow and from the depth of our hearts, on behalf of NORCECA’s Confederation, I want to express our sympathy to the volleyball family of Puerto Rico.” Spanish

 

Executive Committee and Board of Administration to meet in Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 27, 2006.- The Executive Committee and Board of Administration will celebrate its annual meetings on April 28-30 at the NORCECA’s headquarters in Santo Domingo. The three-day meetings include reports of president’s activities and from the presidents of AFECAVOL and CAZOVA as also the presidents of the different commissions of the organization. The agenda also include the report on the next Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia, the participation of men and women teams from NORCECA at the World Championships in Japan and the participation of the National Federations in the FIVB Congress in Tokyo, Japan in October. During the meetings will also be discussed the financial situation of the institution and the state of organization of the different continental tournament of 2006 and the Fifth Pan American Women’s Cup in Puerto Rico and the First Men’s Pan American Cup in Mexico. Spanish

 

 

Canada Women to Host Poland and Japan Teams in June

WINNIPEG, Canada, April 25, 2006.- The Team Canada Volleyball Centre, in partnership with Panorama Travel and Tours, is happy to announce that the Senior Women’s National Team will be hosting the Polish Women’s National Team for training and matches this May 30th – June 4th, in Hamilton and Mississauga, Ontario. Presented by Panorama Travel and Tours, the first of the two-game series will take place on June 2nd at 7:30 pm at McMaster University. Game two will be played on June 4th at 2:00 pm in Mississauga, Ontario at the Hershey Centre. Poland, who has hosted Canada several times in recent years, is currently ranked 9th in the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) world-rankings, and are the reigning European Champions. The series is the first of the 2006 international women’s volleyball season, and is the first time in many years that Canada’s National Women’s volleyball team has played in Ontario. Team Canada will then play host to Takefuji Volleyball Club, a professional club team from Japan, in Manitoba in mid-June prior to departing for the 2006 Pan American Cup, scheduled for June 27th – July 28th in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Spanish

 

USA Women Will Host Poland on May 26

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 26, 2006.- The USA Women’s National Volleyball Team will officially kick off its 2006 season next month with an exhibition match against Poland, USA Volleyball announced Monday. Team USA, ranked No. 5 in the world, will play No. 9 Poland on Friday, May 26, at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The United States and Poland split a pair of matches last season. Poland defeated the USA, 3-1 in the preliminary round of the World Grand Prix in Bangkok, Thailand. The Americans returned the favor by posting a 3-1 victory over the Poles en route to winning the silver medal at the World Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya, Japan. Team USA (26-15) finished the 2005 season by winning 15 of its last 17 matches, including a stunning 3-0 win over 2004 Olympic gold medalist China in November at the Grand Champions Cup. In 2006, the USA Team will compete at the Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico in June, the World Grand Prix in Asia and Italy in August and September and the World Championships in Japan in October and November. Spanish

 

Mexico is planning a training camp in China

MEXICO CITY, Mexico.- The Mexican Women’s National Team is planning to have a training camp in China before taking part at the World Championship in Japan, announced Professor Alejandro Salinas, president of the Mexican National Federation. The Mexican side obtained the right to participate of the world event by finishing in third place during The Norceca-D qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico last year. The preparation of the Mexican squad also include the participation in the Fifth Women’s Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico, the Twentieth Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia and the Copa TV Azteca in Mexico with the top teams from the Norceca region and also teams from Brazil and Peru. Some of the best Mexican players are participating in foreign leagues as Bibi Candelas and Ana Mercado (USA), Yendi Cortinas (Italy) and Claudia Rodriguez (Spain). Other key players in the team include setter Selena Barajas, and Blanca Chan, Migdalel Ruiz, Mariela Garcia, Martha Revuelta and Mariana Lopez. Spanish

 

Bameso wins men’s title in Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 24, 2006.- Bameso swept Los Prados in the best-of-seven final playoffs and won its fourth consecutive men’s title in the Distrito Nacional Tournament with a sensational performance by Jose Caceres, elected as the Most Valuable Player of the series. Bameso, winner of 22 men’s crowns in the history of the capital’s league, defeated Los Prados 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18. Caceres surpassed the 40 points plateau for the second time during the series, with 44. He had 47 during the first match of the event and his final average was 37.75 per match. “I came more prepared and now I have a lot more confidence,” said Caceres, who had just reported to his team after playing in the Spaniard League. “But I have to give also credit to my teammates, especially the setter Cristian Cruz.”  More Spanish

 

Puerto Rican’s women will train in Europe

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 24, 2006.- The Puerto Rican Women’s Nacional Team will start a series of training matches in Europe next June finishing with its participation in the Azerbaijan Invitational Tournament on June 14-20. For the first phase of the tour is still to be defined which country will host the team until June 12. The Puerto Rican Federation has made contact with the National Federations of Spain, Romania, France, Greece and Turkey. “We have been working toward confirming one of these countries to train and play for one week prior to the Azerbaijan Tournament,” said Mr. Carlos Beltran, President of the Puerto Rican Federation. “We have made contact with all of them and hope to have a decision next week.” The participating countries at the Azerbaijan tournament will be Peru, Belarus, Puerto Rico and Azerbaijan. More Spanish

 

Miyashita is the new coach of Women’s Canada

WINNIPEG, Canada, April 24, 2006-Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Naoki Miyashita (Miya) as the new Women’s National Team Head Coach. Miya has been the Assistant Coach with the team since 2001, working under Lorne Sawula, who stepped down from the position in December. "We are happy to have Miya for this position," commented Caroline Sharp, Director General of Volleyball Canada. "His appointment will provide the team with continuity from the past several years, while providing a new face and technical leader in charge of on-court performance for the women’s team.” Prior to arriving in Canada in 2001, Miya coached in Japan with the Asahi Life professional team for 15 years. Spanish

 

Mirador won its 24th crown

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 22, 2006.- Mirador added another gem to its vast collection of jewels winning the women’s crown of the Distrito Nacional Tournament last night while defeating Bameso in five sets by score of 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 18-25, 15-10.  It is the 24th championship won by the Mirador Club which has taken home 15 of the last 17 editions of the event. Bethania de la Cruz led Mirador with 14 points, Nurys Arias added 13, Ana Fabián had 12 and Laritza Reyes chipped in 11 points. Annerys Vargas led Bameso with 25 points and Rosa Medrano added 15. On the men’s side, Bameso defeated Los Prados 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) and moved one victory away of winning the title. Jose Caceres was the top scorer for Bameso with 24 points. Elvis Danodin Contreras led Los Prados with 11 points. Spanish

 

Carolina wins the crown in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 22, 2006.- The Carolina Giants won their third title of the last tour years while defeating the Corozal Pinkin 3-0 completing the sweep of the best-of-seven series of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League. For third consecutive match, Carolina won by score of 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-17) and setter Glorimar Ortega was elected the Most Valuable Player of the series. Juan Carlos Nunez, the Carolina’s coach, gave credit to all the players for their hard work during the whole season. After battling to win the first match in five sets, the Giants took the next three by score of 3-0. Yasary Castrodad led Carolina with 14 points, including three blocks, and Kristee Porter and Lilly Denoon each added 13 points. Ortega had 18 assists. Ogonna Nnamani and Laura Jones had 23 and 9 points respectively for Corozal. Spanish

 

 

Caceres enjoys splendid night

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 21, 2006.- The Men’s final series of Distrito Nacional Tournament began with Jose Caceres enjoying a phenomenal night with 47 points, including 10 in the tie-breaker, leading Bameso to a five-set win over Los Prados by score of 25-27, 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11. Amaury Martinez had 11 points for Bameso while Elvin Contreras led Los Prados with 21 points and Warner de Leon, Eury Almonte and Alfredo Baez had 19, 16 y 14 respectively. On the Women´s side, Mirador defeated Bameso in four sets and is now one victory away from winning the women’s crown. Once again it was Bethania de la Cruz leading the attack of Mirador with 22 points in the triumph by score of 25-21, 26-24, 22-25, 25-22. The best-of-five final series continues tonight. Ana Fabian contributed with 20 points to the victory and Larissa Reyes and Nurys Arias added 15 and 11 points respectively. Annerys Vargas was the top scorer for Bameso with 16 points and Rosa Medrano and Rosalyn Angeles added 13 and 10. Spanish

 

Carolina needs one more victory

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 21, 2006.- The Carolina Giants defeated Corozal in straight sets improving to a 3-0 record in the final series of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League. The Giants can take the title with one more triumph tonight. After winning the first match in five sets, the Giants have swept Corozal 3-0 in the next two matches with the third one finishing by score of 25-15, 25-22, 25-20. Yasary Castrodad led Carolina with 15 points and Kristee Porter, Yarleen Santiago and Lilly Denoon each contributed with 10 points. Glorimar Ortega had 20 assists. American Ogonna Nnamani was the only player of Corozal in double figures with 17 points. Tonight is the fourth match of the best-of-seven series starting at 8:30 in Corozal. Spanish

 

 

Mirador takes the lead in Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 20, 2006.- Mirador won the first match of the women’s final series of the Distrito Nacional Tournament over Bameso, but it was not an easy task. The team of coach Wilson Sanchez needed to stretch to a fifth set to prevail over the squad coached by Jorge Garbey and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five playoffs. The score was 20-25, 27-25, 25-14, 17-25, 15-9. Promising Bethania de la Cruz joined forces with veteran Nurys Arias leading Mirador to the triumph. De la Cruz slammed 23 points with powerful kills and Arias, making a comeback after a two-year suspension, added 18 points. “We did not play at our highest level, but the series is going to be very close,” said Sanchez, who was assistant coach to Garbey with the National Team in 2004. “There is a traditional rivalry between these two sides.” The series continues tonight when also starts the men’s final between Bameso and Los Prados. Spanish

 

 

Los Prados and Bameso to the finals in DR

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 19, 2006.- Alfredo Baez led tour players in double-digits and Los Prados moved to the final of the men’s finals of the Distrito Nacional Tournament with a four-set win over Jose Marti. The victory by score of 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 26-24 gave Los Prados a sweep of the best-of-five semi final series. Baez scored 19 points and was joined in the attack by Warner de Leon (15), Elvis Contreras (13) and Eury Almonte (11). For Jose Marti, Alex Meran had 19 points, Edward Rojas, 17 and Guillermo Hernandez, 11. The best-of-five final series starts on Thursday. Meanwhile, on the women’s bracket, Bameso swept Cristo Rey with a victory in four sets by 27-29, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23. The final series starts on Wednesday against Mirador, winner of the regular series with a 9-0 record. Spanish

 

 

Carolina takes 2-0 lead in final series in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 19, 2006.- The Carolina Giants took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven final series of the Women’s Puerto Rico Superior League after a 3-0 victory over the Corozal Pinkin Tuesday night. Carolina’s Kristee Porter scored 18 points and Yarleen Santiago added 10 in the triumph 25-16, 25-13, 25-23. Ogonna Nnamani and Laura Jones had 12 and 10 points respectively for Corozal. In the first match of the final series, Carolina needed five players in double figures and five sets to take the win 25-18, 18-25, 26-28, 25-14, 15-12. Porter had 22 points and Santiago 17 while Lilly Denoon, Rachel Van Meter and Yasary Castrodad added 16, 15 and 10 points respectively. Nnamani had a great night with 33 points but could not avoid the loss. Jones added 22. Spanish

 

 

Strickland and Roberts won the gold at NORCECA

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic, April 17, 2006.- Americans William Strickland and Adam Roberts  took the gold medal at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Beach Volleyball Tournament. Strickland-Roberts defeated Dominican Juan Pozo-Francisco Abreu 21-9, 21-14 in the semi final match and then won by default against Puerto Ricans Raul Papaleo and Joseph Gil. Gil aggravated his physical condition during the Puerto Rican triumph over Costa Ricans Gilberto and Alexander Villegas 21-13, 21-19 in the semi finals. He was favoring his injured left calf and ended experiencing problems with his right hip. In the match for the bronze medal, the Villegas brothers edged Pozo-Abreu in an exciting match by score of 19-21, 21-14, 17-15. More Spanish

 

Strickland-Roberts heavily favourites in NORCECA Beach Volley Event

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic, April 16, 2006.- Americans William Strickland and Adam Roberts qualified in first place in the double elimination round of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Beach Volleyball Tournament by winning their two matches on Saturday. The pair from California will meet Dominicans Juan Pozo and Francisco Abreu during the semi finals on Sunday. In the other semi final match, Puerto Ricans Raul Papaleo and Joseph Gil will play against Costa Ricans Gilberto and Alexander Villegas. On Saturday, Strickland-Roberts, winners of Pool B, first defeated Carlos Leiva and Jeovanny Medrano of El Salvador 21-15, 21-11 and then won by default against Papaleo-Gil due to a calf injury of Gil. In early matches, Papaleo-Gil defeated Pozo-Abreu 21-13, 21-11 and Villegas brothers 21-17, 21-19. The Costa Ricans beat Dominicans Ezequiel Castillo-Roberto de Jesus 21-14, 21-11 and Pozo-Abreu 21-14, 21-5. Pozo-Abreu entered the semi final round by defeating Salvadorians Leiva-Medrano by score of 29-27, 21-19. Spanish

 

Americans and Costa Ricans dominate first day in Boca Chica Beach

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic, April 15, 2006.- Costa Ricans brothers Alexander and Gilberto Villegas and Americans William Strickland and Adam Roberts led their respective pools with unbeaten record (3-0) during the first day of action of the NORCECA’s Men Continental Beach Volleyball Tournament. Playing in Pool A, Villegas siblings first defeated Jeovanny Medrano and Carlos Leiva of El Salvador 23-21, 21-17, then beat Dominican Republic II (Jewddys Perez-Charly Vargas) 21-12, 21-18 and Dominican Republic I (Juan Pozo-Francisco Abreu) 21-12, 21-17. In Pool B, Strickland-Roberts crushed Dominican Republic III (Ezequiel Castillo-Roberto de Jesus) 21-8, 21-13 and Dominican Republic IV (Charles Hodge-Alex Soriano) 21-10, 21-10, before bettering Puerto Ricans Raul Papaleo-Joseph Gil 25-23, 22-20 in a match between the two favourites. More Spanish

 

Corozal crushed Ponce and moved to the finals

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 13, 2006.- American Ogonna Nnamani scored 20 points sending the Pinkin of  Corozal to the final series of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League with a 3-0 triumph over the Lionesses of Ponce. The best-of-seven playoff is set to start on Saturday against the Giants at Carolina. The victory of Corozal (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) capped an impressive comeback. The Pinkin forced a sudden-death playoff against Ponce after prevailing in five sets against Bayamon in their last match of the semi final series. Ponce suffered a loss in five sets to Carolina before their elimination on Wednesday night. “This is beautiful. We have a great organization, great fans and a great team,” said Nnamani. “That is the reason we are here. We worked real hard and this is a reward.” Dominican Milagros Cabral was the top scorer for Ponce with 14 points. Spanish

 

 

Los Prados and Bameso take the lead in DR Semis

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 12, 2006.- Eury Almonte scored 24 points and Felipe Henriquez added 22 and Los Prados’ Men  took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five semi final series of the Distrito Nacional Tournament with a five-set triumph over Jose Marti. Alfredo Baez and Warner Leon chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively in the victory by score of 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 15-6. Alex Colon of Jose Marti led all the scorers with 26 points followed by Edward Rojas with 14. Francisco Abreu and Palomino Hernis each had 10 points. In the women’s side, Bameso defeated Cristo Rey 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-19). The event continues tonight and then resumes on Tuesday after Good Friday and Easter festivities. Spanish

 

 

Semis in Santo Domingo begin tonight

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 11, 2006.- The semi final phase of the Distrito Nacional Tournament in both genders begin on Tueday tonight with Mirador (Women) and Bameso (men),  qualified to the final series after finishing first in the regular season. Bameso defeated Jose Marti in four sets (22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20) in the first match of a triple-header last Sunday with Amaury Martinez and Jose Perez leading the scoring with 15 and 12 points respectively. In another men’s match, Los Prados beat Varias Luces 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17 with Wagner de Leon scoring 19 points and Eury Almonte and Danodin Contreras 13 and 12. In a women’s match, Los Prados defeated Cristo Rey by score of 25-17, 25-20, 25-22. The final positions of the regular series were as follows: Men: Bameso (6-3), Los Prados (5-4), Jose Marti (4-5) and Varias Luces (3-6). Women: Mirador (9-0), Bameso (5-4), Cristo Rey (3-6) and Los Prados (1-8). Spanish

 

 

Ponce and Corozal in a do-or-die situation

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 11, 2006.- Ponce and Corozal will meet in a sudden-death match on Wednesday to dispute the second berth in the final series of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League.Last night, Ponce lost to the already final qualified Carolina in five sets (25-23, 25-27, 25-21, 21-25 y 16-14) on Monday night with a block from Lilly Denoon and a kill by Kristee Porter for the last two points in the tie-breaker.Meanwhile, Corozal forced the deciding match of Wednesday with a five-set victory over the already eliminated Bayamon.The best-of-seven final series is scheduled to start on Saturday with Carolina hosting the winner of Ponce and Corozal. Spanish

 

 

Continental Men’s Beach Volleyball in Boca Chica

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 10, 2006.- The NORCECA Men’s Continental Beach Volleyball Championship will be held in Boca Chica on April 14-16 with the participation of pairs six countries. The event is sponsored by Presidente Beer.The announcement was made today during a Press Conference at the Main Meeting Room of the FIVB Regional Development Centre in the Dominican Republic. Raul Papaleo-Joseph Gil (Puerto Rico), William Strickland-Adam Roberts (USA), Gilberto Villegas-Alexander Villegas (Costa Rica), Jorge Bolaños-Tirso Pineda (Guatemala) and Jeovanny Medrano-Caros Leiva (El Salvador) will join Dominicans Francisco Abreu-Juan Pozo and Yewddys Perez-Charlyn Vargas in the competition to be played under the format of double-elimination.Mr. Carlos Beltran, vice president of NORCECA for Beach Volleyball, is the President of the Control Committee and Beato Miguel Cruz is the technical director with the assistance of Mr. Juvenal Collado, and Mr. Arnaldo Sánchez is the Director of Competition. Spanish

 

Dominican Republic Federation held its annual congress

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic, April 10, 2006.- The Dominican Republic National Volleyball Federation held its annual congress on April 7-9 at Dominican Bay Hotel. During the event, it was decided to grant the Executive Committee the authority to convene the general assembly for a statutory reform in order to adopt a new geographical structure of the National Federation. The Provincial Associations of Salcedo, Distrito Nacional and La Romana were distinguished as the most outstanding of 2005 as also were recognized Mr. Angel Acosta, Mr. Luis Mejia, Mr. Felipe Payano and the Armed Forces Sports Circle for their contributions to the sport in the Dominican Republic and especially to volleyball. The Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation also distributed equipment for the practice of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball to all its 32 associations. Spanish

 

 

Caribbean Power shows in Murcia

MURCIA, Spain, April 10, 2006.- The threesome is called as the Caribbean Power. And that is the way they played for Grupo 2002 Murcia in the regional derby against University of Murcia of the Women’s Spaniard Super League. Dominican Priscila Rivera and veteran Cubans Ana Ibis Fernandez and Regla Bell combined their efforts to lead their side to an easy victory in straight sets 25-21, 25-18, 25-9. Rivera and Fernandez each scored 17 points and Bell added 10 points for the squad coached by Pascual Saurin. Cuban Mayvelis Martinez had 10 points for the losing team. Grupo 2002 Murcia sits in second place with a 2-1 record in the second phase and Hotel Cantur is undefeated with a 3-0 mark. Spanish

 

Hoag is the new coach for Canada’s Men

OTTAWA, April 10, 2006 – Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce that they have come to an agreement with Glenn Hoag as the new Men’s National Team Coach. Hoag, known for his play on the court during his time with the National Team, and more recently his success as a Professional Coach in France and at the Université de Sherbrooke, agreed to a 2-year contract earlier this week with an option to extend for an additional 4 years. “We are obviously very happy to have Glenn for this position,” commented Caroline Sharp, Director General of Volleyball Canada. “Glenn’s professionalism, his track record as a coach and the support of the athletes that will play for him is bound to provide a great working atmosphere, one that we hope will produce some great results for Canada.” Hoag, a former member of Canada’s National Team (1981-86), was an integral part of the program when they produced Canada’s best ever result finishing 4th at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Spanish

 

Carolina is unbeaten in PR Semis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 6, 2006.- Carolina remained as the only unbeaten team in the semi final phase of the Women’s Puerto Rico League after defeating Ponce 3-1 on Wednesday night. The Giants (3-0) overcame a 0-1 deficit and won by score of 23-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-9 with Kristee Porter leading five players in double digits with 24 points. Yasary Castrodad and Yarleen Santiago had 16 and 14 points respectively while Lilliana Denoon and Rachel van Meter each had 10 tallies. Sarai Alvarez led Ponce with 18 points and Milagros Cabral and April Ross had 16 and 14 respectively for Ponce (1-2). On Tuesday, Corozal kept alive its hopes of advancing to the finals with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-21) victory over Bayamon. American Ogona Nnamani led Corozal with 21 points and Dominican Annerys Vargas was the top scorer for Bayamon with 15 points. Spanish

 

 

Bethania de la Cruz leads Mirador

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 4, 2006.- Bethania de la Cruz is one of the most promising from the new breed of Dominican players. And she is leaving no doubt about her talent and ability during the regular series of the National District Tournament. De la Cruz led her Club Mirador to its seventh victory without losses and consequently a direct berth in the final series with a 3-0 victory over Bameso (25-22, 25-14, 25-18). The powerful spiker topped all the scorers with 20 points and cemented her quest for the MVP award of the event. She was followed by Ana Ligia Fabián and Ginette Selmo with 13 and 12 points respectively and Laritza Reyes chipped in 8. Mirador (7-0) will meet in the final with the winner of the semi final series between Club Cachorros (3-3) and Bameso (3-4). Los Prados is 0-6.On the men’s side, Los Prados upset Bameso 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-16) with Alfredo Báez and Eury Almonte scoring 14 and 12 points respetively. Bameso and Jose Marti share the lead with a 4-2 record and Los Prados and Varias Luces have a 2-4 mark. Spanish

 

Ponce and Carolina lead semi final in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 4, 2006.- Ponce and Carolina share the top position in the round robin semi final series of the Women’s Puerto Rico League after two days of action. Both teams have a 2-0 record while Bayamon and Corozal are 0-2. Ponce and Carolina dispatched their opponents by scores of 3-0. April Ross (34), Sarai Alvarez (28) and Milagros Cabral (20) have been the top scorers for Ponce in the first two matches while Lilliana Denoon (25), Kristee Porter (24) and Yarleen Santiago led the scoring for Carolina. Annerys Vargas with 31 points tops the Bayamon scorers.The semi final continues tonight with a crucial match between Bayamon and Corozal. The loser will have its chances of qualifying almost evaporated. Spanish

 

 

 

China will play against Canada’s Men

WINNIPEG, Canada, April 4, 2006.- The Team Canada Volleyball Centre has confirmed that the Chinese National Men’s Volleyball Team will be coming to Winnipeg for a series of exhibition matches this May 15th - 18th, at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre. The series is the first of the 2006 international men’s volleyball season; the first in a season that promises to be a busy one for the 2006 Senior Men’s team, with close to 40 matches scheduled so far. China, host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, are currently ranked 15th in the world and will be excellent preparation for the 13th-ranked Canadians prior to the inaugural Men’s Pan American Cup in Mexico, scheduled for June 3rd – 12th. The China-Canada series will kick off on May 15th at 12:00. Two additional official matches have been scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 pm. All matches will be played at the Investors Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba. Spanish

 

USA Women Cap Italy Tour with Win over Conegliano

CONEGLIANO, Italy, April 3, 2006.- Elisabeth Bachman scored a match-high18 points and Katie Wilkins added 17 points to lead the USA Women’s National Volleyball Training Team to a 3-1 win Sunday night over Zoppas Conegliano. Bachman blasted 14 kills with two blocks and two service aces in the 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21 victory for the United States, which finished its seven-match tour against four European club teams with a record of 4-3. An eighth match, against Scavolini Pesaro, was cancelled. Wilkins registered 13 kills with a match-high four aces for Team USA, which posted three of the wins against Conegliano, a Serie A2 division team in the Italian League. Katie Olsovsky scored 14 points, Jamie DeKiewiet added 12 points and Jennifer Joines chipped in with 11 points for the United States in the win. Spanish

 

Dominican Rondon displayed her tools in Padova win over USA

SACILE, Italy, April 3, 2006.- Dominican Cindy Rondon blasted five service aces and was one of the most outstanding players in the victory of Megius Volley Padova 3-0 over the USA Women's National Volleyball Training Team. Rondon, who last year participated with the Dominican National Team in the U-20 World Championships in Turkey, was the second best scorer of her side with 12 points that included five kills and two blocks. Padova, a Serie A-1 team of the Italian League, won by score of 25-18, 25-17, 25-23. Rondon is having her first experience playing professionally overseas and after finishing her commitment with the Padova Team, she will report to the training camp of the Dominican Republic National Team. Mirela Corjeutanu led Padova with 14 points and Olessia Kulakova tallied 10 points. Spanish

 

 

USA Women with 3-3 record in European Tour

PORDENONE, Italy, April 1, 2006.- Ivana Djerisilo and Stefania Paccagnella scored 19 points apiece to pace Minetti Infoplus Vicenza to a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the USA Women’s National Volleyball Training Team. Paccagnella ripped 14 kills with four blocks and one service ace in the 25-11, 25-22, 25-27, 25-19 victory for Vicenza, an Italian League Serie A1 team. Djerisilo added 19 kills. Elisabeth Bachman scored 15 points and Katie Olsovsky added 11 points for the United States, which dropped to 3-3 on its seven-match tour against four European club teams. An eighth match, against Scavolini Pesaro, was cancelled. Bachman, a 2004 Olympian, blasted 10 kills with a match-high five blocks and a hitting percentage of .714 (10 kills, zero errors, 14 attempts). Olsovsky, a member of two national championship teams at USC (2002 and 2003), posted 11 kills in the loss. The tour concludes with Team USA’s fourth match against Conegliano on Sunday, April 2. Spanish

 

Puerto Rico’s Women to begin training for Japan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 31, 2006.- The Puerto Rican Women’s National Team will begin its 2006 Working Plan next Monday April 3, in preparation for the different international tournaments of the year and concluding with the World Championships in Japan. The two pair of siblings of Sheila and Karina Ocasio and Eva and Aury Cruz will be the first reporting to the training camp at the Volleyball Center of Cupey where they will be working out under the supervision of Jorge Perez Vento, who is the advisor of the Puerto Rican Federation for National Teams. “As teams are being eliminated from the national tournament, more players will be joining the squad. We are expecting Shannon Torregrosa on April 16,” said Carlos Beltran, president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation. “On May 1, we hope to have all the players in full training.” Prior to the World Championships, the Puerto Rican team has an agenda that includes the participation as host team at the Fifth Pan American Cup on June 29-July 7, also the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia in July, and the TV Azteca Cup in Mexico in September. Spanish

 

2006 NORCECA Girls Youth Championships Awarded to Gainesville, Fla.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, March 31, 2006.- Gainesville, Florida, will host the 2006 NORCECA Girls Youth Volleyball Championships on July 25-30, USA Volleyball announced Thursday. The Championships will take place at the O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida. The bi-annual event will qualify teams for the 2007 FIVB Girls Youth World Championships. The site for the World Championships has not been announced. USA Volleyball officials are hoping that as many as eight teams will participate in the NORCECA Youth Championships. Among the countries expected to send teams, besides the United States, are Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. "This is the first time we’ve hosted this event since 2002 in Salt Lake City," said Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball’s Director of High Performance National Programs. "The University of Florida and the city of Gainesville showed great interest in the event and submitted a very strong bid. We were targeting the south eastern part of the United States to host in order to make travel easier for the Caribbean and Central American countries." Spanish

 

Venezuelan Graciela Marquez won the MVP Award

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 30, 2006.- Venezuelan Graciela Marquez of  Toa Baja was the winner of the  2006 MVP award of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League. The all-around veteran player won by a landslide obtaining 26 of 34 possible votes. It is the second time Marquez wins the coveted recognition with the previous one coming in 2003. “I think the first one was better, at least we advanced a little more, but physically now I was in better shape,” said Marquez to El Nuevo Dia newspaper. His coach David Aleman is quoted by the paper saying that the season “could have been even better for Marquez if she has not suffered a left knee injury toward the latter quarter of the season.” In her fourth season in the league, and despite the injury, the captain of Toa Baja and student of Interamerican University, led the league in scoring and attacks from start to finish. Her biggest match was a 46 points performance against Carolina on January 8. Dominican Annerys Vargas of Bayamon, finished a distant second with 5 votes and April Ross of Ponce and Vilmarie Mojica of Corozal, each received one vote. One card was submitted in blank. Spanish

 

Vargas came alive in key victory of Bayamon

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 30, 2006.- Annerys Vargas broke a recent slump and scored 23 points to lead the Bayamon Cowgirls to the semi final phase of the Women’s Puerto Rican Superior League in a 3-0 victory over Caguas. Bayamon ended the quarterfinals round with a 5-5 record tied with Ponce. Carolina and Corozal complete the four teams advancing to the next stage. With the triumph, Bayamon ended a five game losing streak after prevailing in its first four outings, and the Dominican Vargas was a key player with a performance that included seven blocks. The score was 27-25, 25-23, 25-19. Vargas, who finished second to Venezuelan Graciela Marquez in the voting for the Most Valuable Player of the regular season, closed the match pounding two strong kills. Sanja Tomjasevic added 17 points for Bayamon and Kim Willoughby and Jetzabel del Valle, with 17 and 13 respectively, were the best scorers for Caguas. Spanish

 

League of Nations in Puerto Rico All-Stars

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.- Three Puerto Ricans, two Dominicans, and one placer from each Venezuela and USA were included in the All-Star Team of the Women’s Volleyball Superior Tournament, was announced today. The Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation announced that the corners were occupied by American April Ross of Ponce, who received 30 votes and Venezuelan Graciela Marquez of Toa Baja, who got 29. For the middle-blocker position were selected Dominican Annerys Vargas of Bayamon, with 30 points, and Puerto Rican Jetzabel del Valle of Caguas, with 26 votes. Puerto Rican Karina Ocasio was mentioned in 27 cards as she was elected as the opposite player of the All-Star. Puerto Rican Vilmarie Mojica of Corozal was the choice of the voters as the best setter and Dominican Evelyn Carrera of Ponce joined the ideal team as the best libero. Spanish

 

Volleyball family rallies behind FIVB President Rubén Acosta H.


FIVB President Rubén Acosta H.

Lausanne, 23 March 2006 – Following the exoneration of FIVB President Rubén Acosta at the Tribunal de Police in Lausanne last week, the FIVB has received congratulations and expressions of solidarity from all its Confederations and numerous individual National Federations and members of the Volleyball family. In a personal message, President Jizhong Wei of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) said that “under the wise leadership of FIVB president Dr. Ruben Acosta the FIVB has, despite attacks and challenges, focused its time and energy on developing world volleyball and modernizing its structures. It has made numerous tremendous achievements. We all are beneficiaries of these achievements”. The President of the South American Volleyball Confederation (CSV), Ary da Silva Graça Filho, as well as the members of its Executive Committee and the Presidents of all affiliated National Federations, declared their full support for FIVB President Rubén Acosta, stressing “the clarity with which he manages the FIVB and his commitment to making volleyball an ever more popular sport”. More

 

Course for Coaches Level I in Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic.- The FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic lectured an International Course for Coaches Level I with the participation of more than 20 technicians from different countries of the Norceca Confederation. The director of the course was Argentinean Carlos Maria Diaz Bancalari with the assistance of Cuban Nelson Poyato Narvaez. Professor Nelson Ramirez, director of the center, spoke about the importance of the event as a tool to impulse the development of volleyball in the world. “We once again are honoured and satisfied that this center hosted another course of in the benefit of our discipline in the Norceca’s region,” said Ramirez. He recalled that more than 200 coaches have participated in courses lectured in the center and 33 of them have reached the position of National Coaches of their countries in different categories. Spanish

 

FIVB President Rubén Acosta H. acquitted of all charges after hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland


 

Lausanne, 15 March 2006 – The President of the International Volleyball Federation (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, FIVB), Rubén Acosta H., has never falsified the FIVB’s accounts nor concealed his personal income, contrary to the claims of the Argentinean Mario Goijman. In its judgement, announced on 15 March 2006, the Tribunal de police in Lausanne acquitted the President of the FIVB of all charges brought against him by the ex-president of the Argentinean Volleyball Federation.Accusations levelled at the President of the FIVB over the past three years by Mario Goijman, for manipulation of accounts and corruption, are null and without foundation. This judgement is all the more appreciable, since it has been issued by the Swiss legal system, the reputation of which Mr Goijman’s attorney himself praised during the hearing, inviting all International Sports Federations based in Switzerland to abide by it. More Spanish

 

Annerys Vargas leading all the scorers

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 14, 2006.- Dominican Annerys Vargas of the Bayamon Cowgirls is the leading scorer in the round robin phase of the Women’s Puerto Rican Superior League. Vargas has 84 points in three matches (11 sets) all won by her side and is followed by Americans Ogonna Nnamani of Corozal and April Ross of Ponce with 76 and 66 respectively. Cuban Yasary Castrodad tops the blocking list with 14 followed by Puerto Rican Jetzabel del Valle with 13 and Vargas with 11. The action of the round robin continues tonight when Bayamon (3-0) meets Ponce (2-1). During the regular series, the Cowgirls beat the Lionesses in their two encounters but needed to play nine sets. Ponce is without the services of Evelyn Carrera who will miss the rest of the season with a small fracture in her left foot. She has been replaced by Tatiana Justino. Spanish

 

Carrera was the best libero for second consecutive year

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 4, 2006.-For second consecutive year Evelyn Carrera of Ponce Lioneses, took home the title as the Libero of the Year of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior League after dominating the stats of the position during the 2006 season. Carrera finished first in the libero sheet with 398 defenses and 312 receptions for a total of 710 and average of 8.77. The libero of the Lioneses was also first in defenses winning the prize with 399 in 84 sets played for an average of 4.75 while finishing third in receptions with 312 for and average of 4.27. In receptions, Alida Otero, libero of Aguadilla Divas, obtained the trophy for the Best Receiver after closing the regular series with 333 in 78 sets for an average of 4.27.  More Spanish

 

Havana City double champions in Cuba

SANTIAGO DE CUBA.- The Havana City team conquered the title of the First Class Cuban Men’s National Championship, but not without a strong resistance from opponents of Villa Clara. The victory was in five close sets by score of 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 21-25 and 15-11. The champions had difficulties with the reception and the serves but finally established their class as a team. Middle blocker Osmany Camejo was one of the main fixtures of the winners and was elected as the Most Valuable Player. Also Joan Llanes, Maikel Sanchez, Roberlandi Simon, Yoandry Diaz and Jesus Cruz standed out. Raidel Corrales, excelled for the Villa Clara side during the match played at Alejandro Urgelles Hall and nationally televised. In the match for the bronze medal, Camaguey defeated Santiago de Cuba in four sets by score of 28-26, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-22. On the women’s side, Havana City won the title with a perfect record, followed by Cienfuegos and Villa Clara. Lisbet Arredondo was the MVP and Yusleidys Herrera the top scorer. Yusidey Silie was the best in attacks and blocks; Arrendondo in receptions; Yanelis Santos, defense; Ojeidis Rojas, serves and Liana Mesa in settings. Spanish

 

FIVB announces opening of new development centre in the Caribbean, hosted by Barbados 

Lausanne, 2 March 2006 - The FIVB Regional Development Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados, heralds a new and historic chapter in Volleyball both on the island itself and for the Caribbean region as a whole. FIVB President Dr Rubén Acosta Hernandez welcomed the news, commenting that “the FIVB Regional Development Centre in Barbados is perfectly located in the Caribbean region, which counts seventeen national Volleyball federations and a population of around 10 million. Barbados has excellent links with neighbouring countries and will offer a stable environment for promoting the development of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in this region of great potential”.  More Spanish

 

AFECAVOL Beach Volleyball on May 20-22

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, February 28, 2006.- The Sixth Central American Championship of Beach Volleyball will be held in Belize on May 20-22 with the participation of eight pairs of each gender. Mr. Edgar Alvarado, president of AFECAVOL, informed of the confirmation of two pairs from Belize and one each from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in the women’s side and pairs from Costa Rica and Panama in the men’s section. The deadline for inscription of teams is April 21 with the names of the players. It was also announced the prize-money for the medallists winners on each gender. The top finishers will receive US$500 and the silver and bronze medallists will get US$300 and US$200 respectively. The inspection of the playing courts will be on May 19 followed by the preliminary inquiry and the general technical meeting under the supervision of the technical and refereeing delegates. Spanish

 

A Beach Volleyball Tour scheduled for 2007

Santo Domingo, February 22, 2006. A Beach Volleyball Tour is programmed for next year with stops in 7 countries around the NORCECA Confederation. The decision was adopted during the annual meeting of the Beach Volleyball Commission now under the Presidency of Mr. Carlos Beltran, who is also President of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation. 16 pairs of each gender will be participating in the tournament programmed for Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Honduras. Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, President of the NORCECA Confederation expressed his optimism about the future of Beach Volleyball with the enthusiasm and dedication of Mr. Beltran. Also the offices of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Department will be operated in Puerto Rico. It was also decided to continue hosting the Zonal events in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as, to promote the tournaments of the Junior category of Beach Volleyball. Spanish

 

The goal is one international referee by country

SANTO DOMINGO, February 21, 2006.- The Refereeing Commission of NORCECA self imposed the goal of having at least one international referee from every country within the Confederation for 2008. Cuban Jose Ramon Perez Vento, president of the commission gave the news shortly after the conclusion of a long meeting yesterday. It was also discussed the necessity of completing between 2006 and 2007 of the remaining matches for the current continental referees and the candidates to international referees. NORCECA also adopted one standard procedure to conduct the clinics before each competition and also the FIVB system for the control of the referees. Mr. Perez Vento made also a complete report of the work executed by the referees during all the international events celebrated by NORCECA last year. Spanish

 

Marketing Department created in NORCECA

SANTO DOMINGO, February 21, 2006.- A NORCECA marketing department will be created in order to make the events of the confederation more appealing to the public and to potential sponsors. The decision was taken today during the annual meeting of the financial and marketing commission. Dominican Mara Fernandez will be in charge of the new office, announced Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, who praised the qualities of the new member of the staff. “It is very important to generate more interest towards our competitions both from the fans and from the sponsors,” said Marte. “We have achieved some advance, but there is still long ways to go.” In other news, Mrs. Miguelina Martinez, accountant of NORCECA, presented a complete financial statement of the Confederation which was satisfactory and received the approval of the commission. Spanish

 

A Press Seminar planned for 2007

SANTO DOMINGO, February 20, 2006.- A plan to conduct a press seminar in 2007 was presented today during the annual Media Commission meeting. The seminar would be lectured at the Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic with the support from FIVB and the NORCECA Confederation. The curriculum of the press seminar includes the organization of press conferences, the set up of the working press room, functions of the press delegate, volleyball information system, the importance of statistics, the report of the matches, strategy of volleyball, rules of the game, among other topics. During the meeting, Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, introduced Mr. Renaldo Bodden as the new president of the press commission. Bodden is the Press Officer of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation. It was also discussed the necessity of the designation of Press Officers by all the 35 National Federations affiliated to NORCECA. At present time, only 13 National Federations have appointed a press officer. Mr. Roosevelt Comarazamy, the FIVB Press Officer for NORCECA, presented a complete report of the working conditions during all the rounds of the World Championships and also of the continental events and the Women’s Pan American Cup. Spanish

 

World Vision 2012 Plan presented within NORCECA 

SANTO DOMINGO, February 19, 2006.- The World Vision 2012 Program for the NORCECA Confederation was presented today by Mr. Nelson Ramirez during the meeting of the Technical and Coaches Commission. Mr. Ramirez, who is the director of the FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic, informed the members about all the courses and seminars projected to be conducted by the institution under his direction for the next seven years. It includes objectives of short, medium and long terms. He also presented a report of the activities during the year 2005 that included a Seminar of Sport Medicine directed by Dr. Annie Peytavin, president of the Medical Commission of FIVB. Also, a course for candidates to international referees conducted by Alexander Muhle of  Germany and Sergei Titov of Russia, and a Level III Coaches Course under the direction of Max Meier of Switzerland, Gilberto Herrera of Cuba and Carlos Diaz Bancalari of Argentina. More Spanish

 

Clinic for Phys Ed Teachers was a big success

SANTO DOMINGO, February 19, 2006.- It was a big success the clinic for Dominican Physical Education Teachers lectured by the members of the NORCECA’s Coaches Commission. About 50 teachers attended the clinic and received participation certificates from the FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic, directed by Mr. Nelson Ramirez. The instructors of the workshop included Cubans Eugenio George and Francisco Cruz, American John Kessel, Canadians Mark Tennant and Lorne Sawula, Israel Garcia for Puerto Rico Costa Rican Braulio Godinez, Nicaraguan Rene Quintana and Dominican Miguel Beato Cruz.The lessons included techniques of volleying, serve and reception, attack and blocking and specialization of players. The opening ceremony of the clinic was attended by Mr.Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, Mr. Ramón A. Garcia, president of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation and Mr. Daniel Lara, the Dominican Republic Physical Education Institute Director. Spanish

 

House of Volleyball in Puerto Rico: A dream coming true

TOA BAJA, Puerto Rico, February 18, 2006.- The Mayor of Toa Baja, Anibal Vega Borges, and the president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, Carlos J. Beltran, signed an agreement on Thursday to start the construction of the always dreamed “House of Volleyball.” Vega Borges donated the FPV the land in the sixth section of the Levittown Urbanization in Toa Baja, to construct the building. Besides, the Municipality of the town will make a donation of US$1.5 million to start the works. “We are going to make a financial contribution of $1.5 million to start the construction of the building where the Volleyball National Teams can train,” said Vega Borges during the press conference for the All-Star Game of the Women Superior Volleyball League. “The Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation will arrange along with the Municipality of Toa Baja in order to get the other funds and complete the structure. Then, the Toa Baja City Hall will pass the usufruct of the facilities to the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation,” explained Vega Borges. More Spanish

 

First Men’s Pan American Cup in Tijuana and Mexicali 

SANTO DOMINGO, February 18, 2006.- The First Men’s Pan American Cup to be held in  Mexicali and Tijuana on June 3-13, was announced today here by Mr. Saul Castro Verdugo, director of the Sports Institute and Physical Culture of Baja California, Mexico. Mr. Castro Verdugo made a presentation of the event during the meeting of the Sports Organization Commission of the NORCECA Confederation. He was accompanied by journalist Teodoro Guerrero. Eight countries from the NORCECA Confederation will take part in the competition including USA (5), Cuba (10) and Canada (13) who are ranked among the top teams in the world. The top three teams ranked in the event will be automatically qualified for the America’s Cup in Brazil later this year. Two pools of four teams will play the preliminary round in Tijuana and Mexicali, with the winner of each pool advancing directly to the semi final phase. The teams placed in second and third will play the quarterfinals. More Spanish Pic:Mr. M.C. Saul Castro Verdugo

 

Women’s Pan American Cup will be at Clemente Coliseum

SANTO DOMINGO, February 18, 2006.- The Fifth Women’s Pan American Cup, a qualifier for the 2007 World Grand Prix, will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 29 to July 7. Mr. Carlos Beltran, president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, presented a complete report on the event during the meeting of the NORCECA’s Sport Organization Commission. Beltran informed the event will be staged at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, the main indoor facility of the island with a seating capacity of 12,000. Some matches will be at Pedrin Zorrilla Coliseum, an adjacent building. Four training courts will be available and teams are going to be lodged at the Marriott Hotel in the area of Isla Verde next to San Juan Airport. The twelve participating countries are: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela. All Puerto Rico matches will be on national TV and radio. Spanish Pic: Roberto Clemente Coliseum

 

Volleyball is coming back to Montserrat

SANTO DOMINGO, February 17, 2006.- The re-establishment of the Montserrat Volleyball Federation is one of the top priorities for the NORCECA Confederation, announced Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of the continental institution. “We have been working very hard along with Mr. Mushtaque Mohammed, president of CAZOVA, in order to completely restore volleyball and beach volleyball in Montserrat,” said Mr. Marte. “I am very proud to announce that the normality is coming back in Montserrat after the volcano tragedy of several years ago,” said Marte. “And volleyball and athletics are the only two sports being practiced over there as of today.” “Our plan is to go there with volleyball equipment and to have a well organized federation before the next FIVB World Congress,” Mr. Marte added. Spanish

 

Tournaments in Cartagena will be well organized

SANTO DOMINGO, February 17, 2006.- The Central American and Caribbean Games Tournaments of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, are going to be a complete success both ion terms of facilities and organization, predicted Mr. Nelson Ramirez, technical delegate of NORCECA. Ramirez presented a report of the venues construction process during the first day of the Sport Organization Commission meetings held at NORCECA’s headquarters. Mr. Ramirez informed about the quality of the indoor venue and the two warm-up courts and also of the site for the Beach Volleyball competition. A second inspection visit is scheduled for next May and a training course for the VIS personnel will be lectured as also a clinic for the supporting personnel as ball retrievers and, lines referees and mop-boys. Spanish

 

2006-2009 Competition Calendars are confirmed

SANTO DOMINGO, February 17, 2006.- The competition calendars of NORCECA from 2006 to 2009, were discussed, confirmed and adjusted during the first day of meetings of the Sport Organization Commission here today. Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, considered it as a major step that will be beneficial for the hosting national federations. “One of our goals during the past few years has been to establish certain dates for our competitions,” said Marte. “That will permit a better organization work for the hosting country and a good preparation process for the participating teams.” Tomorrow is expected the visit of Mexican Mr. Saul Castro Verdugo, who will be presenting a complete report of the First Men’s Pan American Cup to be held next June in Baja California, Mexico. The event will be a qualifier for the America’s Cup, an event organized by the South American Confederation. Spanish

 

McCutcheon Named USA Coach of the Year 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, February 16, 2006.- Hugh McCutcheon was named National Coach of the Year after guiding the USA Men’s National Team to 27 wins and five tournament medals. Under the guidance of first-year head coach McCutcheon, the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team flourished during the 2005 season by going 27-6 and winning five medals in five tournaments. The team earned a silver medal at the USOC International Sports Invitational in San Diego, California, gold medals at the America's Cup in Brazil, the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Canada and another silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. The Americans finished the year ranked fifth in the world, registered the highest winning percentage of any men’s national team since 1988 (.818) and recorded the most wins by a men’s team since 2000. Spanish

 

Beltran was recipient of the Aces Award

Carlos Beltran, president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, was the recipient of the “Aces” award as the Executive of the Year of Puerto Rican Sport. The election of Mr. Beltran “is more than justified due to the success reached for years by the Volleyball and Beach Volleyball of his country putting the Puerto Rican volleyball in a place of privilege,” wrote Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA in a letter of congratulation to Mr. Beltran. “The Superior League is an example of success which serves as a model to be implemented for the development of the different professional leagues in all the Americas,” said Marte. Spanish

 

Carrera maintains as the best libero in PR

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 15, 2006.- Evelyn Carrera, the libero of Ponce Lionesses in the Puerto Rican Superior Women’s League, maintains as the leader in defences and passing of the 2006 tourmanent. Carrera is tops in the stats as of February 14 in the defences department with 327 in 68 sets played for a 4.81 average. At the same time, the libero of the Lionesses is the best in passing with 270 for an average of 3.97 by set. Carrera also is the leader among the liberos with an average of 8.78 after making 327 defences and 270 passes for a total of 597. Venezuelan Graciela Marquez, of Toa Baja, is the top scorer with 376 points followed by American April Ross of Ponce with 347 and Dominican Annerys Vargas of Bayamon with 341. Vargas is the top blocker of the tournament with 77 followed by Puerto Ricans Jetzabel del Valle of Caguas and Jessica Candelario of Corozal, with 63 and 52 respectively. There is three-way tie in the serves department between Puerto Ricans Karina Ocasio of Juncos and Rayma Robles of Corozal and American Kristee Porter of Juncos each with 27 aces. The Bayamon Cowgirls are leading the standings with a 12-5 record, half game over Caguas (11-5) and one game ahead of Ponce (11-6). The rest of the positions is as follows: Toa Baja (10-6), Carolina (9-6), Corozal (10-7). Mayaguez (9-7), Juncos (8-8), Guaynabo (2-15) and Aguadilla (0-17). Spanish

 

New Development Centre starts functioning

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, February 14, 2006.- Exactly one day after officially launching the newest FIVB Regional Development Centre, Barbados staged an FIVB Referees’ Refresher Course in the new Centre under the tutelage of FIVB Instructor Jose Sanler Diaz. Twenty-five national referees signed up to take the Course which ran from February 6 to 12.  Fifteen referees took the final theoretical and practical exam after seven days of intense work. The Barbados FIVB Regional Development Centre is presently based at the ultra modern Wildey Gymnasium.  Meanwhile, work continues at a brisk pace on the nearby Barbados Olympic Association’s building which will house the Centre’s Secretariat when the new building is opened in April. Spanish

 

Vargas sent Bayamon to first place

PONCE, Puerto Rico, February 14, 2006.- Dominican Annerys Vargas scored 26 points on 20 attacks and 6 blocks, sending the Bayamon Cowgirls to the sole possession of the first place of the Puerto Rican Superior League after a 3-1 triumph over Ponce. Vargas scored the last two points of the match with a kill and a block in the victory 21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 26-24. She was backed by American Sanja Tomjasevic and Puerto Rican Sheila Lopez who each contributed with 12 points. It was the third consecutive win for Bayamon (12-5) and snapped the streak of 3 victories of Ponce (11-6). Bayamon has beaten Ponce twice this season with the first one coming in five sets in the homecourt of the Cowgirls. American April Ross and Dominican Milagros Cabral had 20 and 19 points respectively for Ponce. Spanish

 

Commissions of NORCECA to meet on February 17-22

SANTO DOMINGO, February 13, 2006.- The NORCECA Confederation annual commission’s meetings are going to be held on February 17-22 at its headquarters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. All the commission will be meeting for one day with the exception of the Sports Organization which will have a two-day session. The Sports Organization Commission, presided over by Mexican Alejandro Salinas, will meet on February 17-18.The rest of the Commissions with their meeting dates and the name of their presidents in parenthesis are the following: Medical (Dr. Andres Piña –DOM), February 18; Coaches and Technical (Eugenio George Laffita –CUB), February 19; Referees (Jose R. Pérez Vento –CUB), February 20; Press (Renaldo Bodden –DOM), February 20; Marketing (Patricia Garel –JAM), February 21; Finance (John Griffith –BAR), February 21; Beach Volleyball (Carlos Beltran –PUR), February 22. Spanish

 

Bayamon returns to the victorious route

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 6, 2006.- The Bayamon Cowgirls returned to the victorious path last night with an easy win in three sets over the slumping Mets of Guaynabo, snapping their streak of two losses. Previously, the Cowgirls had put together a streak of six victories. The sets finished 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22. With their triumph, Bayamon improved to 9-5 and elevated to third place in the standings. The imported Annerys Vargas and Sanja Tomasevic each had 16 points for the winners. For Guaynabo, who fell to 1-13, Lindsay Phillips made 15 points. Meanwhile, the Pinkin of Corozal caused a three-way tie in the fifth position of the women superior volleyball, by defeating the Ponce Lions in three sets. With their win, the Pinkin improved their record to 7-6, tying up with the Mayaguez Indians and the Valencianas of Juncos. Imported Laura Jones totalled 17 points to lead the Pinkin and Yamileska Yantin added 11 for the winners. For Ponce, the imported Milagros Cabral and April Ross finished with 15 and 12 points respectively. The Lions left their record in 8-5 tied in fourth place with the Carolina Giants. Spanish  Primera Hora

 

Development Center announce workshop for Phys Ed Teachers 

SANTO DOMINGO, February 2, 2006.- The FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic, announced a one-day workshop for Physical Education Teachers on February 18. The participants will be teachers from public and private schools of the Dominican Republic under the coordination of the Physical Education Institute directed by Professor Daniel Lara. The instructors of the workshop include Cuban Eugenio George, Americans John Kessel and Doug Beal, Canadians Mark Tennant and Lorne Sawula, Israel Garcia for Puerto Rico and Costa Ricans Rene Quintana and Braulio Godinez. The lessons will include techniques of volleying, serve and reception, attack and blocking and specialization of players. This is the second year of the workshop taking advantage of the presence of the instructors who will be participating of the annual meetings of the NORCECA Confederation. Mr.Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, Mr. Ramón A. Garcia, president of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation, Mr. Lara and Mr. Nelson Ramirez, director of the Center, pronounced speeches during the ceremony attended by the local media. Spanish

 

Cabral will go back to her game of high level

AGUADILLA.- After eight months of inactivity, Milagros Cabral returned to the volleyball courts with the Ponce Lions to recapture the game level that converted her in one of the main weapons of the Dominican Republic National Team.The universal player suffered the tear of the right Achilles tendon, an injury that required a surgery performed in Russia and maintained her out of action for the lapse of eight months.“I was out of the Dominican Team for one year during the recovering and rehabilitation process after the surgery. Eight months later I am in Puerto Rico playing for the Lions. The league has gained a lot this year, because most of the teams are competitive and that creates the growing of the tournament,” said Cabral to Primera Hora after the match last Monday against the Aguadilla Divas. In fact, Cabral will use her participation in the national women tournament as additional preparation ahead of her reintegration to the Dominican side after finishing her compromise with the Lions. More Spanish  Primera Hora

 

Eva Cruz reaches the 3,000-points plateau

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 1, 2006.- Eva Cruz of Juncos and member of the Puerto Rican National Team, became the first player to reach the 3,000 points plateau in the history of the Superior Women’s League of Puerto Rico. The veteran Cruz is also one of three players –the others are Michelle Maltes and Jetzabel del Valle- with more than 400 blocks lifetime. Lily Denoon is 22 bocks away from joining the club. Venezuelan Graciela Marquez of Toa Baja continues as the scoring leader of the circuit with 277 points followed by Dominican Annerys Vargas of Bayamon with 241 and American Kristee Porter of Carolina with 220. Vargas is the leader in blocks with 52 positives and she is escorted by Del Valle of Caguas with 44 and Melissa Elmer of Guaynabo with 34. Porter is the best server with 23 aces followed by Marquez and Karina Ocasio of Juncos with 20 apiece and Evelyn Carrera of Ponce is the leader in defences with 208 and Alida Otero of Aguadilla is tops among the liberos with 8.39 average of defences and receptions followed by Carrera with 8.24. Toa Baja leads the standings with 8 wins and 3 losses and Bayamon is in a close second with 8-4 mark. The rest of the standing is as follows: Carolina (7-4), Mayaguez (7-4), Ponce (7-4), Caguas (7-4), Juncos (6-5), Corozal (4-6), Guaynabo (1-10) and Aguadilla (0-11). Spanish

 

AFECAVOL takes important decisions

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, January 29, 2006.- The Association of Central American Volleyball Federations (AFECAVOL) held its Annual General Assembly of 2005, on January 28, with the presence of the seven members of the zone association and with the appropriate and guiding suggestions of Mr, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA. It is important to point out that among the main decisions taken was the approval of the competition calendar for the period 2006-2010 with the assignment of the national federations that will be hosting the major cups and the junior and youth championships, and thus allowing the countries the chance for a better planning of those events. It was agree to convoke for the first Central American mini-volleyball camp with the objective of promoting in each one of the countries the sport initiation in volleyball at an early age and the exchange of social, cultural and sports experiences between the children under 12 years-old.  More Spanish

 

AFECAVOL comply with FIVB and receive good news

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, January 29, 2006.- The Association of Central American Volleyball Federations (AFECAVOL), through the intervention of Mr. Marte Hoffiz, have submitted to FIVB its Certified Financial Statements corresponding to the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 a requirement needed in order to apply for the economic support destined to the zone associations and thus to resolve and collaborate with the administrative organization of AFECAVOL and the events scheduled for the year 2006. It is very deserving to emphasize that the Panamanian Federation will receive from its government the economical contribution for the construction of a gymnasium exclusively for the Panamanian Volleyball, located in the centre of the capital. It will be used this year for the Central American Students Games and the Men’s Senior Cup, and thus a big enhancing to both events. At the same time, and as a deserved homage to his forty years of continued work in favour of the Panamanian and Central American Volleyball, the Government of Panama decided to name the new Volleyball Gymnasium as Jose A. Remon. With that motive, the authorities AFECAVOL congratulate Mr. Jose A. Remon for that deserving honour. Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, President of NORCECA, also has expressed his pleasure for this recognition. Spanish

 

AFECAVOL to have a website this year

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, January 29, 2006.- Among the new projects that AFECAVOL has decided to implement starting in 2006 is the creation of a website that will allow to introduce itself around the world of sports and volleyball. In order to put in march that initiative it counts with the technical support from NORCECA for its construction and functioning. Another working tool is constituted by the formulation of the Central American Ranking which will permit and will facilitate in the future the follow-up and designation of the representatives to the different annual NORCECA Championships with sufficient time in advance. It was also agree a total and integral revision of the Statutes in order to have them in concord with those of FIVB and NORCECA, and by these the legal and administrative procedures will go in concord with the established by the superior bodies. Spanish

 

Brazil is near the title, USA is 3-1

TOKYO, Japan, November 26, 2005 -- USA produced a business-like performance to beat Egypt 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-15) in the opening match of the fourth day of action at the Men’s World Grand Champions Cup improving its win-loss record to 3-1. Clayton Stanley, who is in his fifth year playing professionally in Greece, led the American charge with 22 points, comprised of 16 spikes, three blocks and three service winners. He said it had been very important to follow up the previous day's crushing 3-0 victory over Italy with a solid display against the African champions. "We played an excellent game yesterday (Friday), and when you get a win like that you do not want to let it go to your head," said Stanley. "We made a decision to come out here and take care of business." Meanwhile, Brazil took a giant stride toward a second World Grand Champions Cup by beating Italy in a five-set epic at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.  The score was 32-30, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 15-13 and the Brazilians improved to 4-0 with one game to play, against African champions Egypt, on Sunday.In the all-Asia evening affair, Japan won a thriller over China 3-2 (25-14, 24-26, 25-20, 35-37, 15-8) Spanish

 

USA swept Italy

TOKYO, Japan, November 25, 2005.- USA swept Italy 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) to put both teams at 2-1 after three days of action of the Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. USA's Hugh McCutcheon described it as an important win for his team. "Italy has such a great heritage for the last 15 years, maybe even longer, so for us to be able to beat them today is big for us," he said. Earlier in the third day of the tournament, Egypt defeated China 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12). It was the first victory by an African team in the FIVB's inter-continental championship. In the evening match, Brazil held off a determined challenge by Japan to finish the third day as the only team with a 3-0 win-loss record. The reigning world and Olympic champions beat the 16th-ranked Japan 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18), lifting their game at the crucial moments to stay in charge. Spanish

 

USA evened its record

NAGANO, Japan, November 23, 2005.-  USA recorded a tense 3-1 victory over Japan to leave both teams with a 1-1 win-loss record on the second day of the World Grand Champions Cup at Nagano Arena on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Brazil and Italy moved ahead of the pack. Japan were looking to build on the previous night's 3-2 win over Egypt, but the Americans were too experienced and ran out winners 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23. No. 1 Brazil survived a mighty scare to beat China in five sets, while second-ranked Italy had no such problems against Egypt, winning 3-0 for the second successive day. Earlier in the day, Brazil overcame a sluggish start to beat China 3-2. The Chinese won the first two sets 25-23, 28-26 but the Olympic champions finally found some momentum and took the next three sets 25-11, 25-18, 15-10. Italy made no such mistake against Egypt in the second match, winning in straight sets 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 in 62 minutes. Thursday is a travel/training day, before the action resumes on Friday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Spanish

 

USA Men lost to Brazil at World Grand Champions Cup

NAGANO, Japan, November 22, 2005.- Brazil, Italy and Japan began their  Men’s World Grand Champions Cup campaigns on a winning note at Nagano Arena on Tuesday. World and Olympic champions Brazil downed Norceca champions USA 3-1, European champions and World No. 2 Italy outclassed wild card entry China 3-0, and Asian champs Japan held off African champions Egypt 3-2 in a thriller. Brazil, who won this title in 1997, lost the first set 27-25 to USA, but took the next three 25-22, 25-19, 26-24. The second game of the day passed by in a blur of Azzurri blue as Italy demolished 18th-ranked China 25-15, 25-15, 25-17 in just 58 minutes. In the evening game, 16th-ranked Japan, the recently-crowned Asian champions, beat Africa's first entry into the WGCC, Egypt, ranked 21st in the world, 15-5 in the tiebreaker after trailing 2-1 in sets. Japan won 25-16, 23-25, 14-25, 25-23, 15-5 when all looked lost at the end of the third set. Spanish

 

Brazil won the gold and USA took the silver

NAGOYA, Japan, November 20, 2005.- South American champions Brazil clinched their first inter-continental crown defeating Korea 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) finishing the Women’s Grand Champions Cup with a perfect 5-0 record. USA, representing NORCECA, was the runner-up with a 4-1 record after beating Japan 28-26, 25-23, 25-16. China defeated Poland 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20) taking the third place. Third in 1997 and fourth in 2001, Brazil made no mistake this time, and went home with the first prize of US$300,000 and even more Japanese admirers, following their World Grand Prix success at Sendai in July. Sheilla Castro won the honour as the Most Valuable Player. The other players awarded were the following: Best scorer, Sheilla Castro (Brazil); best attacker, Zhou Suhong (China); best blocker, Fabiana Claudino (Brazil); best server, Welissa "Sassa" Gonzaga (Brazil); best setter, Feng Kun (China); best libero, Yuka Sakurai (Japan). The final placing was: Brazil, USA, China, Poland, Japan and Korea. Spanish

USA lost to Brazil in straight sets

NAGOYA, Japan, November 19, 2005.- In a high-profile battle of the Americas, Brazil showed who was boss by defeating USA in straight sets at the women's World Grand Champions Cup on Saturday. The two teams went into the fourth day's play at Nagoya Rainbow Hall with a perfect 3-0 win-loss record. Something had to give - and it was the South American champions who emerged victorious, beating the NORCECA champions in emphatic style, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19. Even though the Brazilians had played the late match Friday and were on first Saturday, they showed no signs of mental or physical fatigue as they blitzed the Americans with an intense, energetic display. Enjoying her best match of the tournament, Jaqueline Carvalho led the Brazilian assault with 16 points, and received solid support from Brazil's best two players here, Sheilla Castro and Welissa "Sassa" Gonzaga, who both scored 14. Korea then produced a major surprise by beating European champions Poland 3-2 (26-24, 17-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-11) in a one-hour, 48-minute marathon. It was the first victory for Korea after three defeats and Poland slipped to 1-3. In the last match of the day, China beat Japan 3-1 in a fast-paced encounter to move to 2-2, while dropping the host to 1-3. The Olympic champions won 25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19 for their second straight victory over Asian opposition. Spanish 

 

USA and Brazil remain unbeaten at Grand Champions Cup

NAGOYA, Japan, November 18, 2005.- United States and Brazil face a "High Noon Shootout" on Saturday after both teams improved their win-loss record to 3-0 at the World Grand Champions Cup on Friday.  The Americans downed European champions Poland 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19) to stay perfect, and Brazil followed up with a crushing 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-19, 25-15) over Japan in the evening's main course. Brazil and USA, neither of whom have won this title in the three previous editions, will meet in the fourth round of games on Saturday, starting at noon. The winner of this will then be the favourite to clinch the US$300,000 first prize on Sunday, the fifth and final day of the women's inter-continental championship. Tayyiba Haneef led the USA scoring against Poland with 21 points, including 20 searing spikes -- and promised there was more to come. "Overall we are very happy with our condition, and have a pretty healthy team," she said. "We are mentally strong and came here to fight, and will continue to have a lot of energy and spirit out on the court." In the first game of the day, China overwhelmed Asian rival Korea 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19) in 64 minutes. Spanish

 

USA and Brazil share the lead at Women’s Grand Champions Cup

NAGOYA, Japan, November 17, 2005.- The United States are top of the standings after two rounds of games, but the furthest thing from their minds is actually winning the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. “We came here with a goal, and that was to improve our level and play more consistently,” said the Americans’ Chinese head coach, Jenny Lang Ping, at a news conference on Thursday. We want to take this opportunity to give more experience to the team, and right now we have still not changed our goal. We have three hard matches to play and I will focus on each one and try to play as consistently as possible, and learn as much as possible from all the teams.” The six teams are now in Nagoya, preparing to resume play on Friday at the Rainbow Hall after playing the first two rounds at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.  More..Spanish

 

Marte to preside Control Committee of Grand Champions Cup

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 10, 2005.- Dominican Cristóbal Marte will preside the Control Committee of the Grand Champions Volleyball Cup s to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 15-27. The designation of Marte, president of Norceca, as head of the competition’s supervising body was requested by the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) and ratified by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), of which he is executive vice president. Marte was indeed this year president of the Control Committee of the U-21 Men’s World Championships held in Vizakhapatnam, India in August, and has presided over the same body in different editions of the World League. Besides, he was member of the organization during the Olympic Games at Athens, Greece. The Grand Champions Cup will be held on November 15-20 for the women and on 22-27 on the men’s side. The participating women’s teams will be China, Poland, USA and Brazil as champions for Asia, Europe, Norceca and South America respectively, besides Korea, as wild card guest, and the organizer Japan. The men’s teams will be Egypt, Italy, Brazil and USA as continental champions for Africa, Europe, South America and Norceca with China as wild card and Japan as host country. Spanish

 

Puerto Rico is the first option for the 2007 U-18 Girls World Championships

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, November 10, 2005- Puerto Rico is the first option to stage the 2007 U-18 Girls’ World Championships as it was notified by the International Volleyball Federation. Mr. Bob Clark, director of events for the FIVB informed the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation that they still need to complete some official documents before November 30. “We already have made contacts with the Mayaguez authorities because we want to complete all needed information as soon as possible,” said Carlos Beltran, president of the Puerto Rican Federation. Beltran stated that once the FIVB gathers all the documents at its offices in Switzerland, an inspection visit shall be programmed between January and March of next year. Only once, in 1995, Puerto Rico hosted a Volleyball World Championship and it was a U-19 Boys event The last time a country of the American Continent organized a World Volleyball Championship was in 2001 with the U-18 Girls event successfully held in Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Spanish

 

Meier praised the conditions of Regional Development Center

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 7, 2005.- Swiss Max Meier, director of the Level III Coaches Course held in Santo Domingo on October 24-November 6, praised the conditions under which professors and students worked at the FIVB Regional Development Center located here. “We met the perfect conditions to work for a level III course,” said Meier before departing. “The conditions at this center, with teams always available for the different type of instructions, made things easier for everybody.” “The most important thing was the high level of competence of the people working here,” he added. Meier also had encouraging words for the students during his speech at the closing ceremony. “The results of the exams were very good and the participants worked really hard,” said Meier. “This also speaks loudly about the level reached by the coaches of the region.” The course was lectured also by Carlos Diaz Bancalari of Argentina and Gilberto Herrera of Cuba. Coaches from 19 countries took part. Spanish

 

Cuban Jorge Garbey achieved the highest grades at Level III Coaches Course

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 6, 2005.- Cuban Jorge Garbey achieved the highest grades during the International Course for Coaches Level III dictated at the FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic located in Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte of Santo Domingo. Puerto Ricans David Quinones and Juan Cartagena were tied as the second most outstanding participants in the course directed by Swiss professor Max Meier with the assistance of professors Carlos Diaz Bancalari of Argentina and Gilberto Herrera of Cuba. A total of 35 coaches of 45 participants, from 19 countries approved the final exams of the course that covered 112 hours.  More..Spanish

 

Spikedown Beach Volleyball continues to grow

MARACAS BAY, Trinidad, November 7, 2005.- With the continued sponsorship from STAG “A Man’s Beer” the 2005 STAG Spikedown Beach Volleyball tournament continued to grow. The partnership between the TTVF and STAG Beer allowed the Spikedown Competition to be taken to four (4) community venues concluding with a Caribbean Beach Volleyball Tournament held on the most popular beach on the island, Maracas Bay. The Caribbean Beach Volleyball tournament featured teams from Barbados, Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad and Tobago. Total prize money was $ 4000.00 USD. It was held on our Republic Day weekend which ensured large beach crowds and media coverage. While pairs from Trinidad & Tobago filled the top three positions of the women’s side, Barbados was the meat of the sandwich with Trinidadians taking first and third places of the men’s competition. Spanish

 

Pairs from Guadeloupe and Barbados winners at Antigua Beach Bash

CASTAWAYS BEACH, Antigua, November 5, 2005.- .- Guadeloupean pair of Philippe Pignol and Robin Darchicourt won the Antigua Beach Bash in the men’s division while Lauren Whitehall and Sharon Bovell of Barbados took the title in the women’s side. The event was part of the Sizzlin Sand Beach Volleyball Caribbean Series whose final competition is scheduled for this weekend in Barbados. Pignol and Darchicourt prevailed over Andrew Culpepper and Elwyn Oxley of Barbados in a thrilling match by score of 21-23, 21-15, 15-13 while the duo of Whitehall and Bovell defeated Guadeloupeans Beatrice Aucan and Veronique Berthelot by 21-16, 24-22. Nineteen teams representing five countries took part in the event hosted by Leisure Entertainment and the Antigua and Barbuda Volleyball Association. More..Spanish

 

Beach Volleyball Circuit with four stops

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 3, 2005.- The NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit, an event planned to start with four stops in 2006, was announced during the recent Congress held in Punta Cana. A total prize of US$30,000 will be up for grabs at each tournament equally divided by genders. Also a bonus prize of US$5,000 will be available for the pairs with more total points at the end of the tour. The competition is scheduled to start in Cancun, Mexico (March 23-26) then moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (April 6-9), Boqueron, Puerto Rico (April 13-17) and Feria Ganadera, Santo Domingo (April 27-May 1). Spanish

 

Andres Hevia passed away in Cuba

SANTO DOMINGO, October 26, 2005.- It is with great sadness that we inform of the death of Andres “Machito” Hevia of Cuba, one of the most respected referees of all-time whose contributions to the development of volleyball went beyond the frontiers of the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation. The death of Mr. Hevia, also a fomer player and coach, was announced here by Mr. Omelio Castillo, president of the Cuban Volleyball Federation. On this year celebration of the Centennial of Volleyball in Cuba, Hevia was considered among the top ten most influential persons for the current prestige of Cuban volleyball. Despite his advanced age and recent illness, Mr. Hevia was able to attend the IV Women’s Pan American Cup here in June as member of the refereeing committee in what was his last official assignment in the Confederation. “Andres Hevia is part of the history of the Norceca Confederation and we all will remember him as a great contributor to the improvement of the volleyball in our region,” said Cristobal Marte, president of Norceca. “He will be sadly missed by the entire volleyball family.” Spanish

 

Dominican Republic the site of Course for Coaches Level III

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 25, 2005.- .The Dominican Republic is the site since yesterday of an event that because of its complexity had not been celebrated in fourteen years: The Internacional Course for Coaches Level III. “And our country has been selected, after three years of evaluation, because of the excellence of the Development Center located here,” said Cristóbal Marte, vice president of FIVB and president of Norceca, during the opening of the event. The course is supervised by the Swiss technician Max Meier, who is assisted by Argentinean Carlos Diaz Bancalari and Cuban Gilberto Herrera. “They are 112 hours of hard work, is a course of the highest level, and those who approved it will be ready to coach at any level,” said Meier, who remarked the attendance of coaches from 19 countries and three continents. More..Spanish

 

NORCECA supports unanimously the re-election of Acosta 

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 22, 2005.- The Executive Committee and Board of Administration of the Norceca Confederation and all its 34 National Federations voted unanimously to support the re-election of Doctor Ruben Acosta Hernandez for a new term as president of the FIVB during the period 2006-2010. The decision was adopted during the XVIII Congress of Norceca held for two days in this touristic resort in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. "I am very pleased with this kind of support in favor of Doctor Acosta," said Cristobal Marte, president of Norceca. "Volleyball as sport has developed into one of the most important discipline under the leadership of him and we are very proud of that because he was the founder of our Confederation." The representatives of the National Federations and the members of the Executive signed the following statement to support the president of the FIVB: The Executive Committee and Board of Administration of the Volleyball North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation and its affiliated National Federations, gathered on the occasion of the XVIII Congress of the institution...More Spanish

 

Marte re-elected as President of NORCECA

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 22, 2005.- Cristobal Marte Hoffiz of Dominican Republic was re-elected as president of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation during the second and final day of the XVIII Congress of the organization. Along with Marte, also were elected Alejandro Salinas of Mexico as Executive Vice President and Marta Centeno of Guatemala as General Secretary. Alan Ahac of Canada, Mushtaque Mohammed and Edgar Alvarado, of Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica respectively were chosen as Zonal Vice Presidents and Carlos Beltran of Puerto Rico as Vice President of Beach Volleyball. John Griffith of Barbados, will be the treasurer. Elected as members of the Board of Administration were Angel Iglesias of Cuba, Doug Beal of United States, Bertha Cuadra of Nicaragua, Rupert Sorahindo of Dominica and Glenn Quinlan of St. Kitts. Spanish

 

Four National Federations awarded during the XVIII Congress

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 21, 2005.- Four National Federations of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation were recognized for their excellent work in the past two years during the first day of the XVIII Congress Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez. The Federations awarded with plaques were those of Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico for their contributions with Norceca hosting international events and developing volleyball in their respective countries. Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, especially praised the Puerto Rican Federation pointing out the success achieved in the field of marketing the Superior League in both genders. Marte also announced the inauguration of the Men’s Pan American Cup next year, an event where teams will qualify for the America’s Cup. He informed that during the first three years the tournament will be held in Mexico, as it happened with the Women’s Pan American Cup, a qualifier for the World Grand Prix. The morning session was attended by the Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic, Mr. Felipe Payano, the president of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo, and by Dr. Jose Joaquin Puello, President Ad Vitam of the Dominican Olympic Committee and past president of the Central American and Caribbean Sport Organization (ODECABE). Spanish

 

Acosta praises Marte and National Federations of NORCECA

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 21, 2005.- The President of the FIVB, Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez is very proud of the achievements reached by the NORCECA Confederation in the recent years under the presidency of Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz. In a message read by Mr. Jacques Joachim of Haiti, member of the Board of Administration of the FIVB; during the first session of the XVIII Norceca Congress, Dr. Acosta Hernandez described Marte Hoffiz as not only a driving force of the Norceca volleyball family but also of the world family. The president of FIVB also praised the National Federations who overcame geographical, economical and political obstacles to make possible the holding of a series of successful Continental Rounds leading to the 2006 World Championship. Acosta Hernandez wished all the Federations here present or represented “that all your dreams come true in a short time and that this General Assembly constitute a Congress full of decisions leading toward new achievements in the world of Volleyball.” Spanish  (Complete message pdf)

 

 

Sixteen candidates proposed for the Board of Administration

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 18, 2005.- Sixteen candidates for the Board of Administration of the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation (NORCECA) have been submitted by their respective National Federations. The elections for a new governing body of the NORCECA will take place during the XVIII Congress Dr. Rubén Acosta Hernández to be held at Punta Cana Beach Resort on October 21-23. The ten most voted candidates will win their election to the Board of 13 members. Two members have been already selected as presidents of zone association besides the president of the institution who is chosen in a separate election. The presidents of zones associations are Mr. Edgar Alvarado for Central America (AFECAVOL) and Mr. Mushtaque Mohammed for the Caribbean islands (CAZOVA). The proposed candidates are in the alphabetical order of their National Federations are the following: More Spanish

 

Beltran has big aspirations in NORCECA

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 11, 2005.- Even thought the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation is supporting one-hundred percent Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz as President of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, it does not rule out the possibility of Carlos J. Beltran for the Vice Presidency. Beltran will be one of the federations’ leaders and directors of Norceca who will be attending the XVIII Norceca Congress to be held on October 21-23 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Elections of new authorities of Norceca for the period 2005-2009 will take place during the Congress. Beltran is one of the candidates presented by the FPV for several positions in Norceca. “What we want is Puerto Rico to be represented in all the groups,” said the President of the FPV. “And what about the Presidency?” he was questioned. “I don’t think so. Cristobal Marte must remain there, but I don’t know if they have any plan with me for the vice presidency. If that is the case, I would be willing to,” he said. More..Spanish

 

Farewell of Evelyn Carrera to the international competitions 

San Juan, Puerto Rico,October 10, 2005.-Defense specialist Evelyn Carrera said her farewell to the international competition but no so to the Women’s Volleyball Superior League. The Dominican-Puerto Rican player was the most missed during the recently concluded North Central American and Caribbean Women’s Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. Her absence also will be notable during the V Pan American Cup, the World Grand Prix and the World Championships in Japan, events all to be held in 2006. “It has been many years with the National Team,” said Carrera in a telephone interview with Primera Hora from the Dominican Republic. “I spent 21 years with the National Team. I have been playing this sport since I was 10 years-old and finally I am tired,” said the 33 years-old player.  More ...Spanish

 

Marte Hoffiz will propose unanimous support for the re-election of Dr. Acosta Hernandez as President of FIVB

The President of Norceca Confederation, Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, will propose to the XVIII Congress of the institution the unanimous support of all its 35 National Federations to the re-election of Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez as President of the Federation Internazionale de Volleyball (FIVB) for the period 2006-2010. Marte Hoffiz stated the the presence of Dr. Acosta Hernandez, as the top leader of the world’s largest sport institution, is a guarantee of excellence and success. With 218 National Federations affiliated and more than 35 million registered players, the FIVB marks the difference among all international sports organizations while achieving an unprecedented growth, both financially and the sport itself, since Dr. Acosta Hernandez was first elected as President of FIVB in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Acosta Hernandez decided to launch his re-election for a new term during the Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece in August 2004, receiving the unanimous approval from all members of the Executive Committee and Board of Administration. More..Spanish

 

Agenda of the Congress is announced

The agenda for the XVIII Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez Norceca Congress was announced today by the President of the organization, Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz and include the election of new authorities to a four-year term. The event will be held at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on October 21-23. The opening ceremony will have the presence of Mr. Felipe Payano, Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic and Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo, President of the Dominican Olympic Committee. Also, Mr. Ramon Alexis Garcia, President of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation, as host country. During the first day, the Norceca Confederation will paid a homage in honor of Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez, President of the FIVB and founder of Norceca, for his great contributions in favor of the development of volleyball around the North, Central American and Caribbean Continent. Each Zonal Association and Commissions within Norceca will present its reports as also will do the representatives from the 2005 Central American Sports Games and the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Sports Games. The agenda also include, among numerous topics, the participation of teams from the Norceca region in the World League, World Grand Prix, Olympic Games and the 2006 World Championships. Also, will be discussed the report on the XXX FIVB World Congress 2006, the Constitution, Code of Conduct, and the General, Financial and Sports Regulations. At the end of the two-day meetings, the General Elections will take place for the Presidential position and the Board of Administration. Spanish

 

XVII Norceca Congress 2005 in its final stage

The XVIII NORCECA Congress 2005, programmed to be held on October 21-22, 2005 in the beautiful Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort Convention Centre in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with a special dedication in honour of Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez, President and Founder of NORCECA Volleyball Confederation and President of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball, FIVB, is now in its final stage of organization. NORCECA’s Staff led by its President Lic. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, are working around the clock to ensure that all details are foreseen. A special section in NORCECA’s website, has been posted with all necessary information for participating delegates from 35 countries of the North, Central American and Caribbean Region. The official invitation to the Congress has been circulated to all National Federations affiliated to NORCECA, as well as, the procedures for the accreditation of participating delegates. Accommodation forms have been received from a total of 33 National Federations who have confirmed their active participation. All Candidature presentation for NORCECA’s President, Board of Administration and Commission Members have been received in due time. Also, the Central American Region, AFECAVOL, and the Caribbean Region, CAZOVA, have presented the nomination of their candidatures to be elected for NORCECA’s Board of Administration. NORCECA Congress 2005 handbook/working documents and agenda have been already circulated to all participating National Federations. The Agenda is also available in NORCECA’s website special section for the Congress. Spanish

 

Caguas won the crown in Puerto Rico Women’s League

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 21, 2005.- Caguas surprised everyone by sweeping Mayagüez in the best-of-seven  final playoffs of the Women’s Puerto Rican League. The score in the fourth match was 13-25, 25-22, 25-17 and 25-23. Caguas was the runner-up in last year tournament and took its first title since 2002 and seventh overall. American Kim Willoughby was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the final series. Canadian Stacey Gordon led the Caguas attack with 24 points followed by Willoughby with 21. Puerto Rican Jetzabel del Valle scored 17, including five blocks. Juan Carlos Rodríguez, coach of the new  champions, was elected as Coach of the Year with a total of 101 points. He received 18 first place votes of 28 electors. During the regular series, Caguas finished with an unbeaten record of 18-0. Rodriguez made his debut this year at the helm of Caguas Team. Spanish

 

Bameso takes a 2-0 lead in Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, April 21, 2005. - Bameso Team took a 2-0 lead in the final series of the Men’s side of the Metropolitan League of Santo Domingo after a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19 and 25-21) win over Jose Marti. Once again Jose Caceres was the offensive leader of Bameso and he has now 64 points in the first two victories of his side. The best-of-seven series continues on Friday also with the beginning of the Women’s final playoff between Los Prados and Juan Guzman. Los Prados is the favourite of the female side against a Juan Guzman team that is participating for the first time in a final series. Spanish

 

Mayaguez and Caguas to the finals in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 13, 2005.- Nancy Metcalf hammered 41 points and Shannon Torregrosa and Devon Foster each one added 11 and the Mayaguez Indians advanced to the final series of the Women’s Puerto Rican League with a five-set victory over the Bayamon Cowgirls. The tie-breaker was equaled eight times, the last at 13-all when two spikes of Annerys Vargas and Sheila Lopez were too wide and sealed the triumph for the Indians.  Vargas led Bayamon with 30 points and Barb Bellini had 17. The final score was 16-25, 25-22, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13. Mayaguez will meet Caguas in the final series starting next Thursday. Caguas finished the semifinal phase with a win in four sets over Corozal by score of 25-27, 25-11, 25-18, 25-18. Kim Willoughby led four Caguas players in double figures with 24 points. Jetzabel del Valle scored 16 and Vanesa Velez and Stacey Gordon 14 and 10 respectively. Spanish

 

Indians secured a tie at first place in semifinals

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 10, 2005.- The Mayagüez Indians secured a tie in the first position of the round robin semifinal series of the Puerto Rican Women’s League with a victory over Caguas 25-23, 25-20, 25-19. The Indians are now 4-1 and Caguas slipped to a 3-2 mark and a tie with the Bayamon Cowgirls in the second place of the standings. Nancy Metcalf led the Indians with 20 points followed by Shannon Torregrosa and Devon Foster with 16 and 10 respectively. For Caguas, Kim Willoughby had 18 points. In the other match on Saturday, Bayamon beat Corozal in three sets by score of 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 with Annerys Vargas leading all the scorers with 16 points seconded by Barb Bellini with 11. For Corozal Brittany Hochevar scored 10. Teams rest on Sunday and on Monday, Mayaguez visits Bayamon in a crucial match for the Cowgirls, while Caguas plays against Corozal which is winless at 0-5.Spanish

 

Bayamon is still alive in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 9, 2005.- The Bayamon Cowgirls kept alive their chances of advancing to the final playoffs with a victory in straight sets over the Criollas of Caguas by score of 25-22, 26-24, 25-23. With their win, the Cowgirls evened their record at 2-2 while Caguas is now 3-1 and tied at the top of the semifinals with the Mayaguez Indians. Corozal is already eliminated of possibilities with a 0-4 record.  Dominican Annerys Vargas was the top scorer of Bayamon with 22 points and Canadian Barb Bellini followed her with 12. For Caguas, Canadian Stacey Gordon scored 21 points and American Kim Willoughby cooperated with 15. Spanish

 

Indians took an easy win over Corozal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 8, 2005.- The Mayagüez Indians took their third victory in the semifinal series defeating the Corozal Pinkin in consecutive sets by score of 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 in just 66 minutes. After losing their first semifinal match against Caguas, the Indians are 3-1 and look a as solid candidates for a berth in the final playoffs. Corozal is out of possibilities. American Nancy Metcalf was the top scorer of Mayaguez with 17 points, Shannon Torregrosa had 16 and Jessica Lopez 11. For Corozal (0-4), Jessenia Resto scored 10 and Brittany Hochevar 9. Spanish

 

Mayaguez defeated Bayamon in five sets

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 7, 2005.- The Mayaguez Indians had to battle for five sets with the Bayamon Cowgirls to get their second triumph in the semifinal series of the Women’s Puerto Rican League. Nancy Metcalf led a comeback by the Indians scoring 11 of her 40 points in the fourth set and sending the match to the tie-breaker. The score was 25-16, 24-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9.Mayaguez is now 2-1 and Bayamon fell to 1-2. Caguas is leading with 3-0 mark while Corozal is winless at 0-3. Shannon Torregrosa scored 13 points for Mayaguez and Devon Foster added 11. For the Cowgirls, Annerys Vargas had 27 points, Barb Bellini 15 and Sheila Lopez 10. Spanish

 

Burgos topped the scorers in the Dominican-Chinese exchange

SANTO DOMINGO, April 7, 2005.- Dominican Dahiana Burgos was the top scorer of the women’s friendly series of six matches between the Dominican Republic U-20 and the Chinese Team of Tainjin Province. The Chinese showed their superiority winning all but one of matches by score of 3-0. The second one went to five sets also a victory for the Tainjin side. Burgos totaled 87 points followed by Chinese Yang Jie with 64 and Li Shan and Li Juan both with 59. Priscila Rivera had 57. Burgos was also the best server of the competition with 14 aces with an average of 0.70 by sets and Yang topped all the spikers with 46.30 percentage of success. Yang Yanan led the blockers with 0.80 and Ding Hongying was the best setter with 5.65 by sets while Alexandra Casso ended as the top digger (1.45), receiver (73.86) and libero. Spanish

 

Caguas came from behind and is 3-0

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 6, 2005.- Caguas had to come from behind to grab its third victory without losses in the semifinal series and are halfway to the final playoff of the Women’s Puerto Rican League. The Criollas erased a 0-2 deficit to defeat the Corozal Pinkin by score of 26-28, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 17-15. Corozal is now 0-3 and on the edge of elimination. The defense of Yanira Santiago, digging for balls and blocking at the net, was a key ingredient in the comeback of Caguas. Kim Willoughby had 28 points and Stacey Gordon added 22 for the Criollas while Brittany Hochevar scored 24 and Jennifer Jones 18 for Corozal. Today, the Bayamon Cowgirls meet Mayaguez at the home of the Indians. Spanish

 

Caguas is 2-0 in the semifinal series

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 4, 2005.- Caguas defeated Bayamon 3-1 for its second victory without losses in the semifinal series of the Puerto Rican Women’s League. After losing a huge battle in the first set by score of 26-28, Caguas won easily the next three by 25-21, 25-20, 25-17. American Kim Willoughby led Caguas with 20 points followed by Stacey Gordon with 19 and Jetzabel del Valle with 16. Dominican Annerys Vargas was the best scorer for Bayamon with 17 and Barb Bellini added 14. In the other match on Sunday, Mayaguez evened its record at 1-1 good for a second place tie with Bayamon, with a straight sets triumph over Corozal (0-2). The score was 25-17, 25-21, 26-24. Nancy Metcalf was the top scorer for Mayaguez with 18 points followed by Shannon Torregrosa and Devon Foster with 11 and 10 respectively. For Corozal, Jennifer Jones had 13 and Brittany Hochevar added 11. Spanish

 

Good Start for Bayamon Cowgirls

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 3, 2005.- The Bayamon Cowgirls had everything under control in their first match of the Women’s Puerto Rico League semifinal series defeating the Corozal Pink n in straight sets by score of 25-19, 25-23, 25-18.“Thanks to the Lord this is a very positive start,” said Michelle Cardona, the setter for the Cowgirls who play Caguas on Sunday. Since the start of the match, the Cowgirls played more consistent volleyball than their rivals showing solid blocking and serving. Besides the solid blocking, Bayamon was also superior in the variety of its offense. Dominican Annerys Vargas was joined in the attack by Canadian Barb Bellini and Puerto Rican Leslie de Jesus. Vargas finished with 14 points and Bellini with 10. Darangelis Yantin had 9, including three blocks and de Jesus added 8. Spanish

 

Caguas defeated Mayagüez starting semifinal series

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 2, 2005.- Caguas erased a three point deficit in the fifth set and opened the semifinal series of the Women’s Puerto Rican League with a victory over Mayagüez by score of 25-22, 22-25, 29-27, 20-25, 16-14 before more than 4,000 spectators at the Hector Sola Bezares Gymnasium in Caguas. Kim Willoughby led Caguas with 38 points while Stacey Gordon and Jetzabel del Valle each added 19. Nancy Metcalf hammered 44 points but could not avoid the loss of Mayaguez. The semifinal series continues today with a match between Bayamon and Corozal. Each team will play six games in this phase of the tournament with the top two ranked teams advancing to the final series. Spanish

 

Puerto Rico will have new champions in 2005

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 1, 2005.- The Puerto Rican Women’s League will have a new champion in 2005. The Corozal Pinkin beat the Carolina Giants last night for the fourth time this season - and third in the quarterfinals- by score of 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, finishing the two-year reign of the Giants. Despite the 19 points of Lilly Denoon and the 18 by Kristee Porter, Carolina once again appeared out of sync for the first two sets as it was last Wednesday against Caguas. The Giants reacted to take the third set and battled in the fourth but ran out of gas. Jennifer Jones had 22 points for Corozal, followed by Brittany Hochevar and Jesenia Resto with 15 and 11 respectively. The semifinal series starts tonight with a big game between Mayaguez and Caguas, the two teams favored by the experts to take the title. On Saturday, Corozal meets Bayamon. Each team will play six matches in this phase of the post season with the top two advancing to the final playoffs. Spanish

 

Bayamon enters the semifinals in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 31, 2005.- The Bayamon Cowgirls are in the semifinals of the Women’s Puerto Rican League with a victory over Corozal in straight sets last night. Dominican Annerys Vargas scored 19 points, including three blocks, leading the Cowgirls to their ticket for the next round. Bittany Hochevar was the best scorer for Corozal with 18 points. The score was 25-22, 25-23,25-15. In the other match of the day, Caguas defeated Carolina 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-22) with Kim Willoughby leading the attack with 22 points including 5 aces. Stacey Gordon and Jetzabel del Valle had 14 and 10 points respectively for Caguas and Kristee Porter and Linnette Moster scored 14 and 12 for Carolina.Bayamon, Carolina and Corozal finished in a three-way tie at 4-6, but the Cowgirls advanced via a better “goal-average”. The other two teams meet tonight in a sudden-death playoff to decide the fourth side in the semifinals. Mayaguez and Caguas were already qualified. Spanish

 

Mayagüez finished with 8-2 in PR Quarterfinals

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 30, 2005.- The Mayagüez Indians closed their participation in the quarterfinals series of Puerto Rican Women’s League with an easy victory over the already eliminated Toa Baja. The score was 25-21, 25-23, 25-19. American Nancy Metcalf led the Indians with 22 points while Venezuelan Graciela Marquez was the best scorer for Toa Baja with 17. Mayaguez finished in first place of this phase with 8-2 record. Caguas can tie with the Indians with a victory tonight against Carolina (4-5), but anyway will finish second after losing its two matches against Mayaguez. The Bayamon Cowgirls (3-6) play against Corozal (4-5) needing a victory to keep alive their chances of a berth in a playoff game. Spanish

 

Griffith announces new era for Volleyball in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 30, 2005.- The Barbados Volleyball Association has appointed local expert Kenmore Bynoe to the position of Manager of Volleyball Operations with a view of carrying the sport to the next level of excellence.In 2004 Barbados hosted another successful Caribbean Volleyball Championship winning the men's title for the ninth time and the women's crown for the fifth time.  The BVA also won the National Sports Council's Association of the Year Award for the fourth time. President of the BVA John Griffith in disclosing Mr. Bynoe's appointment highlighted that 2005 will be a critical year for Barbados' volleyball with this country hosting first round World Championships Qualifiers for men and women in June. Barbados men will compete later at Norceca in Canada while the women will battle in Trinidad & Tobago. Barbados women will also make their debut at the Pan Am Cup in the Dominican Republic in June while July will see the Junior boys and girls competing at the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in Aruba. More Spanish

 

The Cowgirls with their backs against the wall

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 29, 2005.- Caguas sent the Bayamon with their backs against the wall dealing the Cowgirls a big loss in four sets on Monday night. With the victory by score of 26-24, 15-25, 25-22, 25-20, Caguas tied with Mayaguez at the top of the quarterfinals round-robin with a 7-2 record. Bayamon fell to 3-6 needing a victory over Corozal next Wednesday to keep alive its chances for a berth in the semi final phase. Dominican Annerys Vargas was the leading scorer of the match but her performance could not avoid the loss of Bayamon. She had 34 points, with 23 kills, 9 blocks and 2 aces.American Kim Willoughby led Caguas with 24 points, Puerto Rican Jetzabel del Valle had 18 and Canadian Stacey Gordon returned to action and chipped in 15 points. For Bayamon, Canadian Barb Bellini had 13 points and Sheila Lopez added 11. Spanish

 

Chinese once again dominated Dominicans

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 29, 2005.- The Chinese Team of Tainjin Province once again dominated the U-20 National Team of Dominican Republic continuing with the friendly series between the two sides. In three of the four official contests played thus far, the Chinese have won by score of 3-0. The other match stretched to five sets with the visitors prevailing over the host young squad.Yang Jie and Yang Yanan each had 10 points leading the triumph decided by score of 25-23, 25-22, 25-10 in 71 minutes. Dahiana Burgos and Sidarka Nunez had 15 and 13 for the Dominican Republic. These teams have two remaining official matches to be played on Thursday and Monday at the Gymnasium of University of Santo Domingo where good crowds have watched the action. Spanish

 

Carolina, Corozal and Bayamon battling for two spots

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 28, 2005.- Kristee Porter had 29 points and Lilly Denoon added 21 leading the Giants of Carolina to a 3-1 victory over the Indians of Mayagüez, leaders of the quarterfinals round-robin in the Women’s Puerto Rican League. Carolina now has a record of 4-5 and improved its chances of advancing to the semi finals while Mayaguez is 7-2 and already in the next phase of the competition. The score was 25-14, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-20. Carolina, Corozal and Bayamon will dispute the remaining two berths for the semi finals with Caguas also having joined Mayaguez for the next round. Carolina and Bayamon are tied at 4-5 and Bayamon has a 3-5 record. The Indians played without Devon Foster and Shannon Torregrosa, both battling with the flu, and once again had in Nancy Metcalf their biggest weapon with 26 points. In the other match, the Bayamon Cowgirls defeated Toa Baja 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-13 and 25-18) with Annerys Vargas scoring 30 points and Bar Bellini 12. For Toa Baja Graciela Marquez had 21 points and Ania Cruz 12. Spanish

 

Havana is the Men’s Cuban League Champion

HAVANA, Cuba, March 28, 2005.- Havana Team is the champion of the Men’s Cuban League with a sweeping of Santiago de Cuba in the best-of-five series played at Kid Chocolate Pavilion in the capital of the country. Havana took the title with a victory of 25-27, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 with the duo of Tomas Aldazabal (21) and Yasser Portuondo (13) as the top two offensive weapons. In the first match, Havana won in straight sets by score of 25-22, 25-14, 27-25 with Aldazabal and Portuondo scoring 14 and 13 respectively, while in the second meeting the eventual champions won by 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 with Raydel Poey totalizing 24 points and Portuondo adding 10. Aldazabal deserved the honor as Most Valuable Player and Portuondo was the top attacker. Jorge Luis Gonzalez was elected the most outstanding in defense, reception and as libero while Javier Gonzalez was the best server. Yoandri Diaz of Santiago was the top setter. Walter Aguiar of Pinar del Rio, the top scorer and leading attacker during the three preliminary rounds, received a special mention. Spanish

 

Tainjin wins for third time over Dominicans

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 23, 2005.- The Tainjin Team of China maintained its dominance over the rookies of Dominican Republic in the third official friendly match between the two squads. The Chinese, who won a five-setter in the second match, came back strong to win in straight sets by score of 25-15, 25-23, 25-23 in the game played at the University of Santo Domingo Gymnasium Li Juan scored 12 points for Tainjin, Li Shan and Yang Jie had 9 apiece and Yang Yanan added 8. For the Dominican Republic, Sidarka Nunez scored 12 and Dahiana Burgos and Cindy Rondon 11 and 10 respectively. The teams have been training together for the last 10 days under an agreement between the Tainjin Sports Administration and the Dominican Volleyball Federation. On May, the Dominican Team will travel to China to spend one month training and playing in preparation for the Pan American Cup and the World Grand Prix. Spanish

 

Mayagüez Indians have a 6-0 record in PR

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 22, 2005.- The Mayagüez Indians kept their unbeaten record in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Puerto Rican League with an easy victory in straight sets over the Bayamon Cowgirls. Mayaguez is 6-0 and Bayamon is 2-4. Nancy Metcalf (16), Shannon Torregrosa (15) and Devon Foster (12) combined their attack to carry Mayaguez to the triumph 25-16, 25-19 and 25-15. Annerys Vargas was the only Bayamon player in double figures with 15 points. In the other match of the day, Kristee Porter scored 42 points but her effort  was not enough for the Carolina Giants who lost to Corozal Pinkin in five sets by score of 21-25, 25-23, 15-25, 31-29 and 15-8. Brittany Hochevar and Jennifer Jones scored 26 and 25 respectively for Corozal who is now 2-4 and is tied with Bayamon in the fourth place. Spanish

 

Wilson and Green were MVP in Jamaica Tournament

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica, March 22, 2005.- Daney Wilson, the 2004 Caribbean male most valuable player,  got his third MVP award in as much major tournaments, on the final day of the 16th Venus International Club Championship. Wilson who plays for local club Vikings was part of the winning team to whip Kyotics (Cayman Islands) in three straight sets, 29-27, 25-20, 26-24. The female MVP award was taken by Shanique Green of UWI who also helped her team to win over first timers, 2 Blocks Away (North Carolina), three sets to one, 25-20; 24-26; 25-19; 25-20.  Both UWI (female) and Vikings (male) are Jamaica's national club champions. Trinidad and Tobago All Stars took the third place title over defending Champions Creole (NY) while in the female third place play off, Mercy Flyers (NY) won over local-based MOSA in two straight sets.  All Star selections went to Males: Nolan Tash (T&T); Justin Schnor  (Cayman); Mike Salik, Christopher Hosley (Creole); Daney Wilson and Mark Lewis (Vikings) and for females Shanique Green, Ashareen Maxwell (UWI); Orita Stewart, Mariola St. Fleur (Mercy Flyers); Millicent Sylvan (2 Blocks Away) and Nardrake Hutchinson (MOSA). The tournament attracted six female and seven male teams over the three days. Spanish

 

Havana is the champion of Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, March 22, 2005.- Havana is the champion of the Women’s Cuban League after sweeping Camaguey in the best-of-five final series. Havana’s Nancy Carrillo, star member of the National Team, was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the playoff while also being the best blocker and the best server of the event. The third match went into five sets with Havana prevailing by score of 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 22-25 and 15-3. The girls from the capital won the first two matches by 3-1 and 3-0. The power of Carrillo serves and kills and the spikes from the corners by Rosir Calderon were keys for the victory along with the job by setter Anniara Munoz and Maibelis Martinez. Calderon (HAV) was the best attacker, Maisbelis Martinez (HAV) the best receiver, Liana Mesa (CAM) the best defense and Lisbet Arredondo (CAM) the best libero. Spanish

 

Mayagüez remains unbeaten in Puerto Rican League

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 20, 2005.- Mayagüez remained as the only unbeaten team in the quarterfinals series of the Women’s Puerto Rico League after their triumph over Caguas last Saturday coming from behind in four sets. Mayaguez, who is now 5-0, defeated Caguas (4-1) by score of 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 with Nancy Metcalf leading the attack with 27 points. Devon Foster added 11 and Shannon Torregrosa and Jessica Lopez added 10 each. For Caguas, Stacey Gordon scored 26 and Kim Willoughby and Jetzabel del Valle 16 and 14 respectively. In the other match on Saturday, Toa Baja (2-3) defeated Corozal (1-4) tying with Bayamon at third place. Venezuelan Graciela Marquez was the best scorer for Toa Baja with 21 points and Yamihily Cabrera cooperated with 17. For Corozal, Jennifer Jones had 15, Brittany Hochevar 13 and Jessenia Resto 10. Spanish

 

Dominican Republic and China sign a cooperation agreement

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 19, 2005.- The Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation and the Sports Administration of the Tainjin Province of China, signed this Friday a cooperation agreement. Mr. Cristobal Marte, President of the Women’s Development Program of the DR Federation, and Mr. Xie Delong, Vice President of China Volleyball Association and President of the Tainjin Sports Administration, signed the document along with Mr. Cai Weiquan, Representative of the Commercial Office of the People’s Republic of China in the Dominican Republic, and Mr. Antonio Acosta, Secretary of the DR Olympic Committee. Through this agreement of assistance and sport exchange, the women’s team from Tainjin is currently training in Santo Domingo in a one-month period, and the National Team of Dominican Republic will establish a training camp in Tainjin from May 4 to June 4 in preparation for the Women’s World League to be played in the Chinese cities of Ningbo and Dalian with the participation of teams from Cuba, Japan, Poland, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic and China. Additionally, the Tainjin Sports Administration will provide technical assistance -via international instructors- to the staff of coaches of the Dominican Republic Program and all the aid needed with sights to the participation of DR in the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, China in 2008. Spanish

 

 

Rosir Calderon tops Havana with 25 points

HAVANA, Cuba, March 19, 2005.- Havana defeated Camaguey 3-1 in the first match of the final playoff of the Cuban Women’s National League played at the Kid Chocolate Pavilion. Rosir Calderon led the team from the Cuban capital with 25 points and was helped by the 11 points of Anniara Munoz. The best for Camaguey was Daimi Ramirez with 13 points. The playoff is a best-of-five competition and will be played in consecutive days finishing on Tuesday, if needed.In the men’s round at Alejandro Urgelles Pavilion in Santiago de Cuba, the host team kept its unbeaten record (11-0) defeating Santa Clara 3-0 and Havana beat Matanzas 3-1. Spanish

 

Caguas ties with Mayagüez at the top in PR

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 19, 2005.- Caguas is once again tied with Mayagüez at first place of the Women’s Puerto Rico League after defeating Carolina in four sets this Friday. The Criollas won by score of 20-25, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-22. Both Mayaguez and Caguas have identical unbeaten records of 4-0. Kim Willoughby led the attack of Caguas with 30 points and was arded by Jetzabel del Valle and Stacey Gordon with 17 and 14 respectively. For Carolina, Kristee Porter had 27 and Lynnette Moster added 14. In the other match on Friday, Bayamon scored its second consecutive victory in defeating Toa Baja in five sets by score of 18-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11. Dominican Annerys Vargas led Bayamon with 31 points while Barb Bellini scored 18 and Sheila Lopez 13. For Toa Baja, Venezuelan Graciela Marquez scored 25 and Ania Ruiz and Yahimily Cabrera had 19 and 13 points. Spanish

 

Chinese defeat Dominicans in five sets

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 18, 2005.- Tainjin Team of China defeated the Dominican Republic Rookie Team in an emotional five-setter during the second official match of the friendly tournament between these two sides. The match was played before a big crowd at the University of Santo Domingo and the visitors won by score of 19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 23-25 and 22-20. It was a huge battle for the two young teams who have been training together during one week now. The Chinese team capitalized numerous errors of the Dominicans while minimized their own, and that was the key for the triumph. Yang Jie had 20 points for Tainjin and was joined in double figures by Li Juan with 15, Li Shan with 12 and Wang Li with 10 points.Dahiana Burgos led the Dominican Republic and all the scorers with 35 points, including 6 aces and 2 blocks. Priscila Rivera had 21, Sofia Heredia 13 and Ginette Selmo 12. Spanish

 

Annerys Vargas was incredible in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 18, 2005.- Dominican Annerys Vargas was head and shoulders above the rest of her peers during the victory of Bayamon Cowgirls over Corozal in the quarterfinals round robin of the Puerto Rico Women’s Superior League. In just 61 minutes, Bayamon won by score of 25-19, 25-19, 25-10. Vargas spiked from everywhere scoring 19 points giving Bayamon its first victory against three defeats in this phase of the Puerto Rican event.  Besides her crushing offense, the middle blocker also had two positive blocks and one ace.  If Vargas was outstanding in the first set, her performance in the second was unbelievable scoring from all angles in route to the victory. She abused against Corozal frontline scoring four of the first six points of her side. Canadian Barb Bellini and Puerto Rican Darangelys Yantin added 11 apiece for Bayamon while American Jennifer Jones scored 10 points for Corozal. The Cowgirls have a rest day on Friday before they meet Toa Baja in a very important match this Saturday. Spanish

 

Bethania de la Cruz shows her power and versatility 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 17, 2005.- Bethania de la Cruz scored 28 points leading Mirador to a five-set victory over Juan Guzman in a match of the Women’s Metropolitan League of Santo Domingo. Mirador erased a two set deficit and won by score of 18-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-9. The promising De la Cruz displayed all her power and versatility with 18 points in attacks, six in blocks and four with a potent serve. She was escorted in the offensive by Juana Savinon and Cinthia Pineiro with 13 and 10 points respectively. Mirador evened its record at 3-3 while Juan Guzman fell to a 2-4 mark. Dahiana Burgos led the Juan Guzman with 26 points and Sidarka Nunez and Rosa Medrano had 19 and 10. The match was played at the University of Santo Domingo Gymnasium where today the Chinese Team from the Tainjin Province play against the Dominican Republic Rookie Team. Spanish

 

Metcalf leads Indians to fourth triumph

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March  17, 2005.- Nancy Metcalf and Shannon Torregrosa combined for 60 points leading Mayagüez Indians to their fourth consecutive victory without defeats in the quarterfinals round robin of the Women’s Puerto Rican Superior League. After losing a hard fought first set by score of 27-29, the Indians took control of the match and beat the Carolina Giants the rest of the way by 25-17, 25-22, 25-19. The Giants are now 1-3. The lefthander Metcalf had a superb performance scoring 11 points in each of the first two sets before adding 16 in the last two.  Torregrosa had 22 and Devon Foster chipped in 12. For Carolina, Kristee Porter had 27 and Lilliana Denoon and Linnette Moster had 13 and 10 respectively. Spanish

 

Cuban National League is down the stretch

HAVANA, Cuba, March 16, 2005.- The Cuban National League enters its final stretch this Friday with the women’s playoff at the Kid Chocolate Pavilion in Havana, while the men traveled to Santiago de Cuba where the third and final preliminary round will be played. Camaguey and Havana, at the top of the standings since the beginning, and fairly superior than the sides of Santiago de Cuba and Sancti Spiritus, are ready to stage an attractive show with both teams looking pretty equaled. Some experts consider the host Havana as the favorite mainly due the consistency showed throughout the event by the best players of the team, like Nancy Carrillo, Rosir Calderon and Rachel Suarez.Meanwhile, the followers of the girls from Camaguey are confident of the ability of players like Liana Mesa, Natali Grinan, Yanelis Santos and Daimi Ramirez, if the latter has finally recovered of her hand injured.The best –of- five women’s championship playoff will be stretched until March 22 if goes to the limit. More Spanish

 

Caguas tied with Mayaguez in Puerto Rico

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, March 16, 2005.- The unbeaten Criollas of Caguas had an easy match against Toa Baja and now are well rested for their next rival Carolina this Friday. In 1 hour and 20 minutes of action of the quarterfinal round-robin series of the Women’s League of Puerto Rico, Caguas crushed its rival by score of 25-14, 25-23 and 25-16 and now has a 3-0 record good for a first place tie with Mayaguez Indians. Toa Baja fell to 1-2. The first set was easy for Caguas taking an early lead and the cruising to the victory. It was during the second set when Toa Baja presented more opposition to the Criollas taking an 18-14 lead only to lose it at the end. The third set was identical to the first one with Caguas keeping the intensity all the way. Puerto Rican Jetzabel del Valle led Caguas with 17 points, Canadian Stacey Gordon added 16 and American Kim Willoughby scored 13. For Toa Baja, Venezuelan Graciela Marquez was the only one in double figures with 14. Spanish

 

Modeca dispone de Los Cachorros

Suspenden el partido Bameso y Liga Guzmán

Santo Domingo. Republica Dominicana.- 16 de marzo del 2005 El sexteto Modeca logró su segunda victoria del torneo Metropolitano de voleibol al disponer en cuatro parciales a su homólogo Los Cachorros en una incidentada jornada celebrada ayer en el Pabellón del Centro Olímpico. Los parciales concluyeron 25-23, 25-19, 18-25 y 25-23, a favor de Modeca, que desarrolló un buen partido defensivo y aprovechó al máximo la debilidad de su rival. El cuarto set fue bastante disputado y una corrida por 9-3 de las ganadoras finalmente les dio el triunfo. El primer choque entre los equipos Bameso y La Liga Juan Guzmán fue aplazado y la comisión técnica no informó en lo inmediato la fecha para la celebración del encuentro.

 

Carolina defeat Bayamon, Mayaguez is unbeaten

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico, March 15, 2005.- The Giants of Carolina defeated the Cowgirls of Bayamon for its first victory in the quarter final round-robin series of the Women’s Puerto Rico League prevailing in five sets by 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-19 and 15-9. Help by the 35 points of Kristee Porter, the Giants improved their chances of advancing to the semi finals, while Bayamon still needs a victory in three outings. Dominican Annerys Vargas made 23 points for the Cowgirls. Mayaguez has an unbeaten record of 3-0 and Caguas follow with 2-0. Then follow Toa Baja (1-1), Corozal (1-2), Carolina (1-2) and Bayamon (0-3). Dominican Vargas is leading all the scorers in this phase of the competition with 91 points in three matches for an average of 30.33 per game. Spanish

 

Chinese from Tainjin defeated Dominican rookies

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 15, 2005.- The Women´s Chinese Team from the Tainjin Province defeated by score of 3-0 a side from the Dominican Republic formed by rookie players. The match was played before a packed house at the Gymnasium of University of Santo Domingo. The sets finished 25-19, 25-22 and 25-17. Li Juan led the Chinese with 12 points while Juan Li and Li Wang added 11 and 9 respectively. Dominican Bethania de la Cruz led all the scorers with 15, Cindy Rondon added 11 and Dahiana Burgos 10. Mr. Felipe Payano, Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic, and Mr. Luis Mejia, President of the Dominican Olympic Committee, attended the opening ceremony in the company of Mr. Cristobal Marte, President of the Women’s Program of the Dominican Volleyball Federation. Spanish

 

Los Prados, imponentes

Los Cachorros ganaron y Bameso perdió

SANTO DOMINGO.-14 de Marzo 2005.- Los equipos de Los Cachorros y Los Prados demostraron sus condiciones de líderes del torneo al derrotar ayer a sus respectivos rivales en la cancha del Ensanche Luperón, que fue el escenario de la doble cartelera en la que Bameso fue otra vez el conjunto más débil del campeonato. En el primer juego, Bameso sufrió su quinta derrota del torneo, esta vez ante Los Cachorros (25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19), que contaron con el ataque efectivo de Gina Mambrú que marcó 24 puntos y fue respaldada por Sofía Heredia, que agregó 10. Mambrú y Heredia se unieron para ser  una pareja ofensiva difícil de controlar por el bloqueo de Bameso, que no pudo más que conformarse con extender el partido a cuatro períodos y pese a que disputó el cuarto, se quedó con las aspiraciones de llegar al quinto y decisivo set. Ana Ligia Hernández, de Bameso, marcó 13 y su compañera Roselyn Ángeles 12, fueron las que comandaron la ofensiva. Mas

 

Los Prados y Mirador se imponen

SANTO DOMINGO.-12 de Marzo 2005.-  El sexteto masculino de Los Prados dio cuenta 3-1 anoche de su similar de Varias Luces en la continuación del Torneo Metropolitano de Voleibol Superior, evento que tiene una especial dedicatoria a la primera dama Margarita Cedeño de Fernández.Los sets del encuentro escenificado en el polideportivo de la barriada de Cristo Rey, concluyeron con pizarra de 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19. Con su triunfo, los excampeones del torneo distrital pusieron su marca en 3-0 y se mantienen liderando la justa. Por Los Prados, Felipe Henríquez tuvo 21 puntos y Eury Almonte 20, mientras que por el Varias, Eduardo Concepción facturó 13. En Femenino, Mirador doblegó a Modeca con scoce de 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 27-25. Por Mirador, Juana Saviñón y Bethania de la Cruz marcaron 22 puntos cada una. Por Modeca, Cindy Rondón anotó 31. El evento continuará hoy con otra jornada triple a partir de las seis de la tarde. En el techado de Los Cachorros se medirán los sextetos de Modeca y la Liga Juan Guzmán, en la rama femenina. Asimismo, a esa hora también se iniciará el encuentro entre Bameso y Los Prados, en femenino. Luego chocarán los clubes Bameso y José Martí en masculino.

 

¡De primera !

El VOLEIBOL FEMENINO DE REPUBLICA DOMINICNA TIENE UNA EXHAUSTIVA PROGRAMACION HASTA 2008 CON ESPECIALISTAS ALTAMENTE CALIFICADOS QUE LLEVARAN AL PAÍS AL MÁXIMO NIVEL

SANTO DOMINGO.-11 de Marzo 2005.- El proyecto de selección de voleibol femenino superior elaboró una exhaustiva programación de aplicación día a día desde enero hasta 2008 y que aplicará un equipo de técnicos internacionales de máxima calificación, lo que de seguro catapultará al colectivo nacional a dar el próximo paso en el alto nivel mundial.Los planes se extienden más allá del ámbito de la selección superior, pues contempla cobertura a las del juvenil e infantil. El enorme talento de iniciación, toca el sector masculino y profundizará en la preparación de los entrenadores nativos.Cristóbal Marte, forjador y líder del proyecto femenino, explicó que los trabajos del proyecto están ahora a cargo de un equipo que encabeza el tecnólogo cubano Francisco -Panchy- Cruz Jiménez. Lo acompañan su connacional Ismael Ortega Hernández y el japonés Miko Fujimoto, a quienes reforzarán otros cubanos recién contratados por la Secretaría de Deportes. Mas

 

Dominican Republic and China will play 23 training matches

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 11, 2005.- The National Teams of Dominican Republic and the People´s Republic of China will play a total of 23 matches in preparation for all the events of the current year. The details of the exchange were given by Mr. Ramon Alexis Garcia, President of the Dominican Volleyball Federation, and Mr. Cristobal Marte, President of the National Women´s Program, during a press conference this Wednesday. Both Garcia and Marte were in the company of Mr. Ramon Cuello, President of the Dominican Sports Writers Association. The Chinese delegation from the Tainjin Province will arrive tomorrow and will have closed door training sessions during the weekend.The matches between the two teams will begin on Monday starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Volleyball Pavilion of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center in Santo Domingo. Garcia remarked the importance of the exchange that will benefit the development of volleyball in the Dominican Republic. Marte said these matches are part of the preparation of the Dominican Republic Team for all the competitions of the year that include the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, the World Grand Prix in Italy, South Korea and Hong Kong and the rounds of the 2006 World Championships.

 

Los Prados barren a Mirador y José Martí vence tres sets por dos

Santo Domingo. República Dominicana.-10 de marzo del 2005.-Los sextetos de Los Prados y José Martí se impusieron ayer en la continuación del Torneo Metropolitano de Voleibol superior, encuentros celebrados en el techado “Tony Barreiro” de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). Los Prados, en femenino, derrotó en tres sets a Mirador, con parciales de 25-16, 25-20 y 25-20, respectivamente. En la rama masculina, el combinado de José Martí se impuso, tres sets por dos, a Varias Luces.  Los períodos culminaron 26-28, 27-25, 25-13, 21-25 y 15-8. La justa descansa hoy y se reanudará mañana con la celebración de tres partidos. En el Palacio del Voleibol del Centro Olímpico, Mirador se enfrenta, a las ocho de la noche, a Modeca en la rama femenina. En Cristo Rey, en masculino, Los Prados se miden a Varias Luces, partido programado para las seis de la tarde y dos horas después, las muchachas de la Liga Juan Guzmán chocarán ante los Cachorros.

 

Los Cachorros dominan con facilidad a Los Prados

Gina Mambrú y Sofía Heredia lideraron el ataque

Martes 8 de marzo del 2005.-Contrario a los dos primeros partidos, la defensa, el bloqueo y el saque se conjugaron en uno solo para imponer su dominio durante todo el trayecto del encuentro. Los parciales concluyeron 25-21, 25-17 y 25-23, este último el más debatido entre ambos equipos.  Los presentes en el techado de Los Cachorros tenían la impresión de que el encuentro se extendería a un cuarto debido al ataque por parte de Los Prados, que lograron sacar ventaja de cinco puntos (11-6), pero los remates de Gina Mambrú (21 puntos) y Sofia Heredia (13) fueron clave en el repunte de las muchachas de Cristo Rey para alzarse con la victoria. La acción continúa hoy con tres partidos. En el techado del Luperón, la Liga Juan Guzmán,  se enfrentará a Bameso (femenino), a las seis de la tarde, mientras que a las ocho, en masculino, Los Prados se medirá a Bameso. En el techado de la UASD, el combinado femenino de Modeca tendrá de frente a Los Prados, juego pautado para las 7:30 pm. Elección. Bethania de la Cruz y Eury Almonte fueron elegidos como los más destacados en la premiación “La Estrella de la Semana” del Torneo Metropolitano de Voleibol Superior. De la Cruz, de Mirador, y Almonte, centro estelar de Los Prados, fueron electos con 12 y 11 votos, respectivamente, por parte de los cronistas presentes en el Salón Don Jorge del Hotel Naco.

 

Ramon Alexis Garcia re-elected as President of DR Volleyball Federation

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 7, 2005.- Mr. Ramon Alexis Garcia wa re-elected as President of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation during the last meeting of the organization held at the Coral Costa Caribe Resort in Juan Dolio. Mr. Garcia will be at the helm of the Dominican Federation for the next four years and this is his third term as president of the organization. There was not another candidate for the position.  He will be joined in the Executive Committee by Mr. Cristobal Marte, executive vicepresident; Luis David Sanchez, technical vicepresident; Nelson Ramirez, General Secretary; Conrado Valdez, Co-Secretary; Victor Gil, Treasurer; Eric Coiscou, Organization Secretary and Donibal Alvarez, Public Relations. Also members are Jose Aybar, Yanira Pascual and Eladia Cordero. “I am very grateful of this general assembly and do not have any doubt that our Federation will continue on the path of success,” said Garcia. During the Congress, it was presented the plan of the 2006 National Professional League made by Mr. Miguel Beato Cruz.

 

Los Prados, Los Cachorros y la Liga Juan Guzmán se imponen

Lunes 7 de marzo del 2005.-Los sextetos de Los Prados, Los Cachorros y la Liga Juan Guzmán se estrenaron ayer en el Torneo Metropolitano de Voleibol Superior, encuentros celebrados en los techados de Cristo Rey y ensanche Luperón, respectivamente. En la rama masculina, Los Prados dispusieron del combinado José Martí tres sets por dos (25-21, 25-18, 26-28, 21-25 y 15-10). Los mejores por los ganadores fueron Enrique Felipe, con 23 puntos y Eury Almonte, con 20, mientras que por los derrotados se destacó Miguel Merán, con 26 tantos. En la femenina, Los Cachorros dispusieron del sexteto del Movimiento Deportivo El Caliche (Modeca) tres sets por cero, finalizando los parciales 25-18, 25-12 y 25-19, respectivamente. Sofía Heredia fue la más destacada al concluir el encuentro con 16 puntos y Gina Mambrú, con 15. Por Modeca, Cindy Rondón fue la mejor con 14 tantos. En el único encuentro celebrado en el techado del Luperón, las muchachas del Juan Guzmán se impusieron con facilidad a las integrantes del equipo del Mirador tres sets por uno (29-27, 25-17, 25-18 y 25-22). sidalka Núñez y Dahiana Burgos guiaron al sexteto de Manoguayabo a su primera victoria, con 17 y 16 puntos. La acción del Metropolitano de Voleibol continúa esta noche con la celebración de un solo encuentro, en la rama femenina, pautado para celebrarse en el techado del ensanche Luperón entre Los Cachorros y Los Prados a partir de las 7:30 de la noche.

 

Mirador logra su segunda victoria y Bameso barren al sexteto Varias Luces

Bethania de la Cruz se destacó con 34 puntos

Domingo 6 de marzo del 2005.- El sexteto femenino de Mirador logró su segunda victoria al hilo al disponer del combinado de Bameso tres sets en el primer encuentro de una doble cartelera del Torneo Metropolitano de Voleibol, partidos celebrados en el Palacio de Voleibol del Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte. Los parciales finalizaron 22-25, 25-19, 25-21 y 25-17. Bameso sumó su segunda derrota. También el combinado masculino del Barrio Mejoramiento Social (Bameso) dispuso en tres sets a sus homólogos de Varias Luces. Los parciales finalizaron 25-18, 25-23 y 25-23, respectivamente. El mejor por Bameso fue Amaurys Martínez, con 12 puntos. El ataque de Mirador estuvo comandado por Bethania de la Cruz, a quien sus contrarios no pudieron detenerla en los momentos decisivos de los sets. “El triunfo nuestro radicó en que jugamos mejor que el partido anterior. Hubo más confianza. El trabajo en conjunto fue clave ante Bameso”, dijo De la Cruz, que finalizó el encuentro con 34 puntos. Mas

 

Mirador se inauguró con su primer triunfo

Derrotó a Los Cachorros en la apertura del torneo

Viernes 4 de marzo del 2005.- La intensidad de juego comenzó temprano entre los dos equipos que disputaron la final de 2004 y una vez más Mirador sacó la mejor parte al triunfar en cinco disputados sets contra Los Cachorros. El partido terminó 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23 y 15-13 para Mirador que se inauguró con un triunfo en la apertura del primer torneo Metropolitano que comenzó ayer y tuvo como escenario el Polideportivo del Ensanche Luperón. Los Cachorros comenzaron a ponerle ritmo al compromiso desde el primer período, pero Mirador se resistía a esa realidad y marcó un mejor ritmo de juego en el segundo set para igualar las acciones. El corazón de Los Cachorros varió el juego a su favor en el tercer set, pero una mejor coordinación de Mirador, en el ataque, en la defensa en el piso y de forma determinante en la red, definió la victoria. La ventaja en la red fue un arma con la que Los Cachorros no contaron y el trabajo de sus jugadoras centrales en ese renglón fue inferior al de las campeonas del pasado año, que martillaron en los momentos más exigentes del partido para contarlo por victoria. Mas

 

Lang Ping Pleased with USA Women’s National Team Tryout 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. March 2, 2005 – After two days of dressing up and attending countless meetings, new USA women’s national volleyball team head coach “Jenny” Lang Ping felt right at home in the gymnasium this past weekend. Dressed in a blue Mizuno warm-up suit and volleyball shoes, Lang Ping quietly patrolled three courts as she observed an open tryout for the 2005 USA Women's National Team and associated training programs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.Players from all over the United States, 105 to be exact, invaded Sports Center II to put their talents on display for Lang Ping and the rest of the USA Volleyball High Performance evaluators. “This is the main reason I am here this week,” said Lang Ping, the former star player and coach for the Chinese women’s national team.  “I have had the chance to see a lot of different players.  I am very happy because they are so focused.  They give all of their effort and they are taking this tryout very seriously.  I have seen a lot of passion here today. More Spanish

 

Metropolitan Tournament of Santo Domingo start on Thursday

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 2, 2005The Metropolitan Volleyball Tournament of Santo Domingo start on Thursday with the participation of six women teams and four men squads. Mr. Richard Martinez, President of the Organizing Committee said the event has raised a lot of expectations and promise to be a complete success. “The draft we conducted before the tournament will guarantee a very equalled competition with the best players and top rookies divided among the different teams,” said Martinez. “So we are expecting very close matches and therefore a heavy support from the fans and the media.” Martinez, who is also a Secretary of State for Aqueduct of Santo Domingo, announced that a total of 26 matches will be nationally televised. The women teams are Mirador, Los Prados, Bameso, Cristo Rey, Modeca and Juan Guzman League and the men sides are Bameso, Los Prados, Jose Marti and Varias Luces. Several of the matches will be staged in the local courts of the clubs and the final rounds will take place in the Volleyball Palace of Santo Domingo. Spanish

 

Rodríguez made the All-Star Team at Copa de la Reina 

LAS PALMAS, España, March 1, 2005.- Dominican Cosiris Rodriguez of CV Tenerife Champions was included in the All-Star Team of the Thirtieth Edition of the Copa de la Reina  Women’s Tournament.On its way to their tenth title and nine in a row in the traditional competition, CV Tenerife dispatched Alvemaca Excentric, CV Albacete and Caja de Avila with identical score of 3-1.Dominican Rodriguez collaborated to the Tenerife success, especially in the second match of the event against Albacete where she combined her strong spikes with those of Brazilian Rosangela Correia. Brazilian Luciana Marques of Caja de Avila was elected the Most Valuable Player and her teammate Sarah Perez of Spain was the Best Setter. Correia was the Best Attacker and Spaniard Esther Lopez of Tenerife the Best Libero. Spanish

 

Kenia Moreta had a strong return

MODENA, Italy, March 1, 2005.- Dominican Kenia Moreta returned to action last Sunday and was a key player in the victory of Curtatone 3-2 over Collecchio in the continuation of the Italian Volleyball League Series A-2.Moreta, who was out for five matches with a muscle injury in the abdominal area, scored 12 points in the come from behind triumph after erasing a 0-2 deficit.Curtatone lost the first two sets by score of  23-25 and 31-33 but recovered to prevail the rest of the way by score of 25-18, 28-26 and 15-9.The Curtatone team has an overall record of 11-10 good for eight place in the standings and the victory on Sunday was its fifth going to the limit of sets.In the Series A Division, Monte Schiavo Marche Jesi defeated Volley Modena 3-0 with Dominican Yudelkis Bautista leading the losing cause with 14 points. Spanish

 

Ceremony in Memory of the Puerto Rican Women’s National Volleyball Team 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. February 16, 2005. The Dominican Republic National Volleyball Federation held a significant ceremony in memory of the Puerto Rican Women’s National Volleyball Team that passed away in a tragic airplane accident occurred on February 15, 1970, after participating in a series of friendly matches with the Dominican Republic Women’s National Volleyball Team in preparation for the XI Central American and Caribbean Sport Games that were held in that year in Panama City, Panama. Prof. Ricardo Arias, who at that time was the Head Coach of the Dominican Republic Women’s National Volleyball Team, during the ceremony made a historic remembrance of the tragic airplane accident occurred 35 years ago and that took away the fruitful life of one of the best Women’s National Volleyball Team of America at that time. More Spanish

 

Dominican arms highly regarded in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, February 10, 2005.- Two of the four arms that blocked for the final Dominican Republic point, in the match for the gold medal in Santo Domingo 2003 against Cuba, were those of Annerys Vargas, the imported player of Bayamon Cowgirls. The other two were those of Cosiris Rodriguez, who played for the Guaynabo Conquerors in the decade of the 90’s. Thousand of other victorious arms in the stand embraced the Dominican Selection which became in that moment heroes of the country along with the also gold medallist in Santo Domingo 2003, Felix Sanchez. Thanks to victories as that one, the volleyball players of the Dominican Republic have gained popularity in a country dominated by baseball an lately by Sanchez, who as the volley players, are of Olympic and world level.“I think that behind the baseball players and Felix Sanchez, is the volleyball team. Now the Dominican people can trust that we are going to be there,” said Vargas. More Spanish

 

Camaguey and Santiago lead the Cuban League

Cuba, February 8, 2005 The Cuban National League will complete its first round this weekend with matches in two cities. On Friday the sport momentarily will have a farewell from its main scenario, The Kid Chocolate Pavilion in Havana, and the next day will go to the 19 de November Gymnasium in the western city of Pinar del Rio. If something have distinguished during the first round of the tournament is the balance of the four women and the five men squads, and the rivalry in each gender. Nevertheless, Santiago de Cuba and Havana City in the men’s side, and Camaguey and also Havana City among the women, have shown with its performances thus far they are the best options for the finals next March. The big news during the last weekend was the victory by the boys from Matanzas who were flirting with the triumph since the start of the tournament thanks to an excellent size despite their young age and the fact that they know how to play, independent that they show their immaturity in the big moments. More Spanish

 

Lang Ping Selected to Become New USA Women’s National Team Head Coach 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. February 8, 2005 – “Jenny” Lang Ping of China, one of the most famous and respected individuals in the history of volleyball, has been hired as the new head coach of the USA women’s national volleyball team, USA Volleyball announced Monday. Lang Ping takes over the position from former Team USA coach Toshi Yoshida, who resigned late last year to accept a professorship position at Biwako Seikei Sport College in Japan. “USA Volleyball is honored to be able to reach an agreement with ‘Jenny’ to be the next USA women’s national team coach,” said USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer, Doug Beal.  “Lang Ping is perhaps the most decorated, successful women’s volleyball personality in the world, and I am excited that we are going to be able to have her leading our women’s national team for the next quadrennial. Known as the “Iron Hammer” during her playing days, Lang Ping, 44, was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame as a player on October 18, 2002, culminating an incredible career that saw her establish herself as one of the finest female volleyball players ever. More Spanish

 

Cuban Samuels in Portugal

Cuba- February 4, 2005,Cuban Orlando Samuels has been named as new head coach of the Portugal Men’s Nacional Team and arrived to Oporto to take charge of his new responsibilities. For Samuels it means a comeback to the familiar Portuguese soil since he coached the junior team of Portugal seven years ago. One of the all-time best Cuban players, former coach of the Cuban National team and more recently responsible for the Beach Volleyball area, Samuels will have Daniel Lacerda and Carlos Maia as his assistants. Meanwhile, the Cuban Men’s National team will start its participation in the 2005 World League with a three-week tour around Europe where they will meet their three rivals in Group B. On May 27-29 they will be in Bulgaria, then on June 3-5 will be visiting Italy and on June 10-12 will play in France. The team coached by Roberto Garcia will return home to face those teams in the same order at Ciudad Deportiva on June 17-18 and 24-25 and on July 1-2. Spanish

 

McCutcheon Named New USA Men's National Team Coach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. February 04, 2005 – Hugh McCutcheon has been selected to become the new head coach of the USA men’s national volleyball team, USA Volleyball announced Feb. 3.McCutcheon takes over the position from long-time head coach Doug Beal, who resigned to become the new Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball. “It is a great undertaking, obviously, but I am honored and privileged to be the coach of this team,” said McCutcheon, 35. “I am genuinely excited to work with the guys and to continue my relationship with USA Volleyball. McCutcheon, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, played on the New Zealand junior and senior national teams from 1988-90 before coming to the United States. He was also a member of New Zealand’s national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997. More Spanish

 

Ross and Carrera are the best in Puerto Rican League

Puerto Rico, February 3, 2005,-Ponce’es teammates April Ross of United States and Evelyn Carrera of Dominican Republic are currently the best offensive and defensive players respectively in the Women’s Puerto Rican League. Ross of Ponce is leading the circuit in points with 187 and in attacks with 163 while libero Carrera is the best in total defenses with 196 and tops all players of her position with a 10.90 average. The Puerto Rican Women’s League announced the leaders on a press release dispatched today by its Communications Department. In the scoring class, Ross is followed by Canadian Stacey Gordon of Caguas with 165 points and Dominican Annerys Vargas of Bayamon with 164. Siblings Eva and Aury Cruz complete the top five with 154 and 153 for Juncos and Toa Baja. Gordon is escorting Ross in attacks with 148 and American Nancy Metcalf of Mayaguez has 135. Vargas follows with 133 and Aury Cruz has 131. More Spanish Pic: Evelin Carrera

 

Puerto Rico take major step with “Live Matches”

Puerto Rico, January 31,2005,The Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation took a major step the past weekend when started the transmission via internet of live results of the Women’s League matches directly from the different venues. “We had to work several weeks and finally completed all the technical process in order to keep fans away from the stadiums informed about what is going on in the matches,” said Carlos Beltran, President of the Puerto Rican Federation. The fans may access to the Puerto Rican Federation website at www.fpvoleibol.com and the look for “Live Matches” with details about the individual performances. This system is used in major events by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and also by the Italian League, but they only have information about the scoreboard of the sets. Spanish

 

Edgar Alvarado re-elected as President of AFECAVOL

San Jose, Costa Rica, January 22,2005, Costa Rican Edgar Alvarado Ardon was re-elected as President of the Association of Central America Volleyball Federations during the General Assembly of the organization in San Jose, Costa Rica on January 22. Mr. Alvarado will be in the position for the period 2005-2008 and this is the third time he is elected as President of AFECAVOL. He took the oath in the presence of Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, President of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA). The other members of the Executive Committee elected during the meeting were Ms. Bertha Cuadra of Nicaragua, First Vice President; Mr. Julio Farach of Honduras, Second Vice President; Mr. Jose Luis Jimenez of Costa Rica, Secretary; Mr. Jose Remon of Panama, Treasurer; the directors will be Mr. Norman Quijano of El Salvador, and two representatives of Guatemala and Belize to be named later. More Spanish

 

Carrera and Vargas with good start in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, January 25, 2005,-Dominicans Evelyn Carrera and Annerys Vargas are enjoying good start in the 2005 Women’s Puerto Rican League playing with Ponce and Bayamon respectively.The veteran Carrera is the best libero of the league with and average of 13.75 for the Lions. The average results from the division of the total of receptions and defenses by the total of sets played. Carrera is 21 defenses shy of the 1,000 for her career after collecting 92 in her first three matches with Ponce. Evelyn, who plays as native in the Puerto Rican League, recently had 39 defenses in one match –two less than the record of 41 set by Lyann Puig in 1998. Vargas, who is having her first experience playing in a foreign league, is the fourth best scorer of the circuit with an average of 18.75 points per match for the Cowgirls.Vargas is trailing American Nancy Metcalf (Mayaguez) 22.75, Canadian Stacey Gordon (Caguas) 21.0 and Puerto Rican Eva Cruz (Juncos) 18.80. Spanish

 

Howard Reflects on Her Tenure as USA Volleyball CEO as Retirement Nears 

COLORADO SPRINGS. January 25 2005, – Rebecca Howard’s greatest challenge is about to come to an end.  On January 28, 2005, Howard will retire as Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball, the sport’s National Governing Body. “I have held many positions within this organization.  Including the office of President, without a doubt I have found being the CEO to be the most challenging and the most draining,” admits Howard.  “I am absolutely positive that only some of the most senior of staff would know how much business goes through the offices of USA Volleyball or of the unrelenting demands of being a part of the international volleyball community. “Thank goodness for our dedicated staff,” she added.  “I will miss them more than they will miss me.” Howard became interim CEO of USA Volleyball in September 2002 at the request of the USAV Personnel Committee.  What started out to be a six-month “patch” for the staff became a two-and-a-half year stay. More Spanish

 

The Cuban League starts tomorrow

HAVANA, Cuba. January 20, 2005,- Nothing better to start the celebration of the centennial of volleyball in Cuba than a good pair of tournaments gathering the cream of the crop in both genders. On January 21 starts the National League with the participation of four women teams representing Havana, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Sancti Spiritus and five men squads from Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Villa Clara, Matanzas and Pinar del Rio. The opening ceremony will be at the Kid Chocolate Pavilion in the legendary Paseo del Prado of the Cuban capital. The schedule of competition will be composed by three rounds of play until March 19. The top two teams of each gender will go to a best of five playoff on March 24-28 also in the same venue. The organizers have also scheduled matches in Sancti Spíritus, Pinar del Río, Camagüey, Villa Clara, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba. You only have to take a look to the different roster to conclude that Havana is the heavy favorite in the women’s tournament. More Spanish  Pic: Daimi Ramirez (Camaguey)

 

Nnamani Selected as Honda Award Winner for Volleyball 

NEW YORK – January 19,2005,-Volleyball superstar Ogonna Nnamani, from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, has been voted the nation's top college female volleyball player.  The honour was based on the results of national balloting among NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 29th year. Nnamani's selection earns her the Honda Award, given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, as well as an automatic nomination for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honour. Nnamani hails from Normal, Illinois.  A senior majoring in Biology/Chemistry, she's an outside hitter who led her team to an NCAA championship last month and was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the final round after setting an NCAA record with 62 kills in the semi final and final matches, combined.Her 823 kills this season set both Pacific-10 Conference and school records and ranks seventh in all-time NCAA competition.  She holds the conference record for career kills (2,450) placing her sixth in all-time NCAA rankings. More Spanish

 

Moreta Contributes to Curtatone Victory 

January 17,2005,-Dominican Kenia Moreta contributed to the 3-0  victory of Burro Virgilio Gabbioli Curtatone over Zazzeri Figurella Firenze this past Sunday in the 15 day of competition of the A-2 Italian Volleyball League. Moreta scored 9 points and joined italians Lucia Bacchi and Natalia Serena who had 14 points apiece in the 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory. It was a good comeback for Moreta who only had 4 points in her previous match lost by Curtatone 0-3 against Original Marines Arcano. Curtatone has a 7-7 record and Moreta has 198 points for an average of 14.1 points per match second in her team behind Bacchi who has 221 and average of 15.8.  In Division A-1 play, Volley Modena lost to Despair Perugia 0-3 and Dominican Yudelkis Bautista scored 5 points. Perugia had and easy ride winning by score of 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. Spanish

 

Canada’s Sarah Pavan Named NCAA Freshman of the Year

January 14, 2005,-Team Canada’s youngest superstar Sarah Pavan was honored this past week as the American Volleyball Coaches Association released its 2004 NCAA All-American teams. Pavan, who played in her rookie year for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, was named as a first team All-American, and also received the NCAA Freshman of the year award. Pavan was the first Husker freshman to ever earn All-American honours or be named Freshman of the Year.  Also the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, Pavan ranked fourth in the conference with 4.54 kills per game, while also ranking seventh in hitting percentage (.322). She set Husker freshman marks for kills (481) and kills per game, while recording 20-or-more kills seven times, the most since Nancy Metcalf had 10 in 1999. Pavan had a career high and NU postseason record 35 kills in the regional final loss to USC, the fifth-highest single-match total in school history. She is the first freshman to be a first-team All-American since Stanford’s Logan Tom in 1999. The Huskers finished the 2004 season with a 30-2 record and were ranked No. 1 in the final AVCA regular-season poll. More Spanish

 

Canada’s Stacey Gordon named Co- Player of the Year

January 14, 2005,-The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced last week that Canada’s Stacey Gordon, an Ohio State University senior outside hitter, was named the 2004 AVCA Division I Co-National Player of the Year. Gordon will share the honors with Stanford University senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani.  Both players are four-time AVCA All-Americans. The presentations were made last week at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet in Long Beach, Calif. "Stacey was recognized as the best player in USA College Volleyball this year which measures her hard work and leadership as a player," stated Team Canada Women’s Head Coach Lorne Sawula. "I talked with many coaches about her and they all said that she had a phenomenal season and led her team to their best ever finish at the NCAA National Championship." "We look forward to her involvement with Team Canada now that she has graduated, hopefully bringing her winning ways to our National Team," added Sawula.  "With her in our line-up we have an excellent chance to obtain two long awaited goals for this upcoming season – that of qualifying for both the Grand Prix and the World Championships. Both are the first steps to possible Olympic involvement in 2008." Spanish

 

Cosiris Rodriguez debuts with right foot

TENERIFE, December 7,2005,- Spain.- Dominican Cosiris Rodriguez was one of four players in double figures in the victory of Spanish Tenerife over Kalisz of Poland 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20) in a match of the Women’s Indesit European Champions’s League. In her debut with the defending champions, Rodriguez scored 12 points (8 attacks, three blocks and one ace)  and played excellent defence joining forces with Ingrid Visser, Yelena Pavlova and Rosangela Correia who had 15 points apiece. Anna Wozniakowska led all the scorers with 21 for Kalisz. Tenerife, coached by Brazilian Chico Dos Santos, did not have its full squad, with Magaly Carvajal and Susana Rodriguez both injured but still managed to obtain an important triumph guaranteeing third place in Pool B. Novara of Italy is sure of making the next round after a hard fought victory over Istanbul of Turkey in five sets. Dutch Manon Flier was the best player on court with 24 points. Defending champion Tenerife and Baku of Azerbajian are the main candidates for the other two places from this group. Both teams are one triumph away from making the next phase. Spanish

 

The PR Women’s League is ready to start

Puerto Rico, January 4, 2005,-The Puerto Rican Women’s Superior Volleyball Tournament is slated to start on January 14 and the Preliminary Technical Meeting took place in the Santurce Recreation and Sports Department under the supervision of Norman Davila, Director of the Event, and Salvador Ortiz, President of the Referee Commission. All the Rules of the Tournament were explained with most of it following the Rules of the International Volleyball Federation. It was introduced the new competition format for the Regular Series with each team playing 18 matches (Guest and Host). Then a total of six teams will advance to the second round in accordance with the following system: The best five ranked teams (win-loss record) at the end of the Regular Series automatically advance. The sixth team will be determined with two sudden death matches. The eighth ranked will visit the seventh best ranked and the winner will play as visiting team with the team ranked sixth with the prevailing side completing the six qualified teams for the second round. More Spanish Pic: Carolina Team

 

Cuban Poey was the MVP at Norceca’s Men Continental

Winnipeg, Canada, September 15, 2005.- Cuban silver medallist  Raidel Poey was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships won by USA tonight. The All-Star Team of the competition was dominated by the Dominican Republic, a fourth place side, which sent three players to the honour squad. Dominican Elvis Contreras was the best scorer and fellow countrymen Jose Caceres was the best attacker and Amaury Martinez was the best defender and libero. USA gold medallists Ryan Miller and Donald Suxho were the best blocker and server respectively, Canadian Scott Koskie the best setter and Panamanian Domingo Avila, the best receiver. The final ranking of the tournament was as follows: 1.USA, 2. Cuba, 3. Canada, 4. Dominican Republic, 5. Puerto Rico, 6. Mexico, 7. Panama, 8. Barbados. Spanish

 

USA wins the gold and Cuba settles for silver

Winnipeg, Canada, September 15, 2005.- The USA Men's National Volleyball Team held off a stubborn Cuban squad, 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 25-22), to win its second-consecutive NORCECA Continental Championship at the MTS Centre Thursday night. It was the second victory for American volleyball over Cuba in less than a week. Last Sunday, the American women defeated the Cubans in five sets at the continental event held in Trinidad & Tobago. Clay Stanley scored a team-high 14 points to lead a balanced attack. Jim Polster scored 11 points while Ryan Millar and Tom Hoff added 10 points apiece in the win. Raidel Poey scored a match-high 19 points for Cuba and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Americans, who also won the last NORCECA Championship in 2003, have now earned back-to-back crowns for the first time in 20 years. In addition to bragging rights in the NORCECA zone for another two years, Team USA qualifies for the Grand Champions Cup in Japan on November 22-27, a six-team tournament that features the champions from four confederations (Africa, Europe, NORCECA and South America), the host team (Japan) and one wild-card team (chosen by the FIVB).Cuba, currently the world's 12th-ranked team, and the United States, number 5, are the traditional powers in the NORCECA zone, which encompasses North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Since the first men's NORCECA Championship in 1969 (the tournament is held every other year in odd-numbered years), Cuba has won 13 out of 19 times. The United States has won the remaining six championships (1973, 1983, 1985, 1999, 2003 and 2005) and has finished second eight times. Spanish

 

Canada wins Bronze over Dominican Republic

Winnipeg, Canada, September 15, 2005.- Canada avenged a five-set loss to Dominican Republic during the preliminary round, with a 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-19, 25-13) good for the bronze medal at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships. Fred Winters was the best Canadian with 14 points and Jose Caceres led the Dominican attack with 12 points. Canada drew first blood but the Dominican kept it close down 7-8 at the first technical time out. Canada jumped ahead 13-10 to force a Dominican time out. The Dominican Republic would get one back but still trail 13-16 at the second technical time out. The Dominican’s would go on a 3 point run that would tie it up at 16-16 force a Canadian time out. Canada immediately responded with two points of their own taking an 18-16 lead. Canada maintained the 2 point gap to win set one 25-22. Canada took a quick 6-3 lead in set two forcing a Dominican time out. Hitting errors by Canada would give one back, but maintaining a 2 point gap up 8-6 at the first technical time out. Canada added two more to their lead to go up by four leading 16-12 at the second technical time out. The Dominican Republic would take runs at the Canadian lead but would never get close enough as Canada cruised on to a 25-19 second set victory. Canada took control of set three early leading 6-3 and forcing the Dominican’s to time out. Canada maintained the lead going into the first time out up 8-4. Canada continued to roll doubling up on the Dominican’s 12-6. It was clear by the second technical time out that Canada wanted this match leading 16-9. The Dominican Republic would never come back as Canada walked away with a 25-13. Spanish

 

Cuba prevails over Canada for shot at gold

Winnipeg, Canada, September 14, 2005.- Cuba defeated Canada in consecutive sets and will play against USA for the gold medal at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships and also for the ticket to the Grand Champions Cup in Japan next November. Raidel Poey once again was the top Cuban force with 16 points in the victory by score of 25-20, 25-20, 25-22. The best scorer for Canada was Paul Duerden with 12 points. It is no surprise that this contest was going to be a close one. At the first technical time out Cuba was up by one 8-7. Cuba was the first to move away opening a 12-9 lead and remained on top 16-12 at the second technical time out. Canada would come with in two, but Cuba quickly came back forcing a Canadian time out up 20-16. That’s as close as Canada would get in the first set losing 20-25. Canada took a quick 2-0 lead in set two but it was quickly dissolved as Cuba tied it up at 4-4. Canada still held the advantage and led 8-7 at the first technical time out. At 11-11 Cuba made their move taking a 12-11 lead and held on to lead 16-15 at the second technical time out. Tough serves put Cuba up by four and ended by five. More...Spanish

 

USA dominates the Dominican Republic and goes for the gold

Winnipeg, Canada, September 14, 2005.- USA dominated Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-13, 25-17, 25-15) advancing to the gold medal match against Cuba at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships. Riley Salmon with 11 points was the best American scorer while Elvis Contreras with 7 led the Dominicans who now will face Canada in the match for the bronze medal. The Dominican Republic has proven that they are here to play but the USA quickly showed that they were a force opening up an 8-3 lead at the first technical time out. The USA maintained the lead up 16-9 at the second technical time out. The USA continued to be the stronger team holding an 8-5 lead at the first technical time out and increasing it to 16-10 by the second. From there the USA dominated the Dominican Republic on their way to a 25-17 second set victory. Set three was much of the same as the USA led 8-4 at the first technical time out and 16-10 at the second. The USA widened the gap further to lead 22-14 forcing a Dominican time out but it was too late as the USA walked away with a 25-15 victory. Spanish

 

Puerto Rico earns fifth at 2005 NORCECA Championships

Winnipeg, Canada, September 14, 2005.- Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) and ended in the fifth place at the Norceca Men’s Championships. Mexico took a quick 2-0 lead and held on to a narrow 8-7 advantage at the first technical time out. With Mexico still leading 12-11 Puerto Rico scored two quick ones to gain the edge 13-12. Puerto Rico would add another to lead 16-14 at the second technical time out. Down 23-19 Mexico took a time out but it would be to late as Puerto Rico came right out to take set one 25-21. Mexico again jumped to a 3-1 lead but it was quickly swallowed up by Puerto Rico as they led 8-7 at the first technical time out. The lead would change 3 times with Puerto Rico still in front 16-15 at the second technical time out. They would add another to go up by two 19-17 and would hold the lead for the win 25-22. Puerto Rico was looking to end this match opening a 5-1 lead in the third forcing Mexico into a time out. The gap would remain the same with Puerto Rico up 8-4 at the first technical time out. Puerto Rico would add a couple more to lead 16-10 at the second time out and would never look back winning 25-19. Spanish

 

Panama finished in the seventh position

Winnipeg, Canada.September 13, 2005.- Panama finished in the seventh position at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships with a victory over Barbados 25-18, 30-28, 25-21. Jose Cunningham was the best scorer for Panama with 15 points while Fabian Cox  of Barbados, led all the players with 18 points. Both teams came out swinging with Barbados holding an 8-7 edge at the first technical time out. Panama jumped into the action to turn the table opening a two point gap leading 13-11. Panama added one more to lead 16-13 at the second time out. Panama would hold that lead and go on to win set one 25-18. Set two Panama took a four point advantage up 16-12 at the second technical time out. Barbados would tie it up at 21-21 and the lead would exchange hands 4 times before Panama struck to jump ahead by two and take the set 30-28. Set three was deadlocked from the start with Panama hold an 8-7 lead at the first technical time out. Panama would increase that lead to three and hold it forcing a time out up 19-16. Barbados would not get any closer as they dropped the set 25-21. Spanish

 

Dominicans to face USA in semi finals

Winnipeg, Canada. September 13, 2005.-The Dominican Republic won its third consecutive match at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships and moved to a semi final contest against USA after scoring a victory over Mexico 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 28-26,25-23). Elvis Contreras led the Dominican attack with 20 points and was joined by Jose Caceres (18), Felipe Henriquez (15) and Eury Almonte (14) as players with double digits. Mario Becerra and Juan Garcia each had 15 points for Mexico and Jorge Quinones and Luis Marquez added 13 and 11 respectively. The Dominican Republic was the clear favorite going into the match, however Mexico was not about to hand over the win. The Dominican Republic held a one point lead through both technical time outs up 8-7 and 16-15 before they were able to break away and go up 23-21. A couple of quick points and the Dominican Republic had locked up set one 25-22. Set two the Dominican Republic gave themselves a little breathing room leading 8-5 at the first technical time out, but again Mexico fought back to tie it at 10-10. From there it was Mexico who took control of the set opening a two point lead and held on to take set two 25-21. More..Spanish


Canada will meet Cuba in semi finals

Winnipeg, Canada. September 13, 2005.- Murray Grapentine and Fred Winters led Canada to a 3-0 triumph over Puerto Rico and one semi final berth against Cuba in the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships, a qualifier to the Grand Champions Cup in Japan next November. Grapentine scored 13 points and Winters added 12 in the easy victory by score of 25-15, 25-20, 25-14. Puerto Rico and Mexico will meet today in a match for the fifth place. It was do or die for the Canada if they were to remain in the hunt for the top of the podium. Puerto Rico always plays with great emotion and it was evident at the start of set one that both teams were on fire. Canada had the early edge taking a narrow 8-6 lead at the first technical time out. Canada would widen the gap going up 14-8 and leading 16-8 at the second technical time out. Canada continued to roll from their posting a lop-sided 25-15 victory. More..Spanish

 

Cuba won Pool A with perfect record

Winnipeg, Canada,  September 12, 2005.-  Cuba remained unbeaten (3-0) at the Norceca Men’s Continental  Championships with a triumph in consecutive sets over host Canada who suffered its second defeat. The score was 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 and with their triumph, Cuba qualified automatically for the semi finals of the competition as winner of Pool A. Canada finished third and will play against Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals. Raidel Poey was the top Cuban scorer with 20 points while Paul Duerden was the best of the Canadians with 12 points. It was a packed house at the MTS centre with the anticipation that the home team was going to be victorious. It was Cuba drawing first blood going up by 2 to lead 3-1 and remain up 8-5 at the first technical time out. Canada responded to the challenge to tie it up at 8 and it was a side out war from that point on. At the second technical time out it was Cuba a head 16-15. They would add a few more on their way to a first set victory 25-22. More..Spanish

 

Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals

Winnipeg, Canada, September 12, 2005.- Mexico was a winner over Barbados in three sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-18) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships finishing in the third position of Pool B.  Now the Mexicans will face the Dominican Republic which finished second in Pool A. Barbados was eliminated and will play Panama for the seventh position. Juan Garcia was the top attacker of Mexico with 15 points and Fabian Cox was the best scorer for Barbados with 10 points. It was all Barbados early in this match as they took a lead in set one up 8-5 at the first technical time out. Barbados would add to their score going up by as much as 12-8. Mexico would mount an attack that would change the landscape of this set taking the lead 16-13 at the second technical time out. Barbados would not recover and Mexico went on to win the set 25-17. Set two was another tight affair with Barbados leading at the first technical time out 8-7. Mexico would again turn it up to lead by one at the second technical time out and add the difference to win the set 25-21.Set three it was Mexico who led 8-6 at the first technical time out. Mexico would double their lead to go up 13-9 and then further to 20-11 and the eventual win 25-18. Spanish


USA won Pool B with 3-0 mark

Winnipeg, Canada, September 12, 2005.- USA moved to the semi finals of the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships with an easy victory over Puerto Rico by score of 25-16, 25-16, 25-18. The Americans finished the preliminary round with 3-0 mark in Pool B while the Puerto Ricans ended in second place and won a berth for the quarterfinals against  Canada. Riley Salmon led the Americans with 13 points and also Phil Eatherton and Jim Polster finished in double digits with 11 and 10 respectively. The USA stormed out of the blocks to go up 6-0. Puerto Rico would get on the board but the USA still led 8-3 at the first technical time out. The USA continued to add to their tally going up 16-9 at the second technical time out. The USA did not let up in this first set cruising on to a 25-16 win. Some uncharacteristic errors on the part of the USA kept set two close with the Americans up 8-6 at the first technical time out. A few solid blocks after the time out and the USA found themselves back in command leading 13-8. From there it was all USA spreading the gap and cruising on to a 25-16 victory. Puerto Rico would keep with in two of the USA down 10-8; however a few solid plays by the USA would put them back up by 6 leading 16-10 at the second technical time out. The Americans closed the door from that point taking the set 25-18 and the match. Spanish

 

Dominican Republic enjoyed a much needed break

Winnipeg, Canada, September 12, 2005.- The Dominican Republic enjoyed a much needed break with a victory in straight sets over Panama after being stretched to the limit in its previous two matches. The Dominicans won by score of 25-13, 25-17, 25-9 and qualified in second place of Pool A. Now they will meet Mexico in the quarterfinals and Panama and Barbados will play for the seventh position. Eury Almonte led four Dominicans in double figures with 12 points followed by Jose Caceres and Elvis Contreras each with 11 and Victor Batista with 10. The Dominican Republic seemed to have a new found confidence after a close match with Cuba and their win over Canada last night. The Dominican’s jumped out to a commanding 8-2 lead at the first technical time out and continued to increase on that tally going up 16-7 at the second technical time out. Panama would not get any closer as they were defeated 13-25. Sets two and three were much of the same as the Dominican Republic took control winning 25-17, 25-9. Spanish

 

USA remains undefeated with win over Barbados

Winnipeg, Canada, September 11,- USA used all its power to crush Barbados in a match of the Norceca Men’s Continental  championships, a tournament where the winner will claim a ticket to the Grand Champions Cup. The Americans won the one-sided contest by score of 25-11, 25-12, 25-8. Not a surprise that the USA jumped out to lead the set 8-5 at the first technical time out. Although Barbados was lesser team in size and skill, they continued to fight. Despite the effort, the Americans were clearly too much winning the set 25-11. Set two and three where much of the same as the USA was flawless in their execution winning the next two 25-12, 25-8 to move to 2-0 in their pool. Spanish

 

Cuba dominates Panama to go to 2-0
Winnipeg, Canada, September 11,- Cuba dominated Panama in consecutive sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-10). It was all Cuba in the first set of this match up. After holding a narrow 8-6 lead at the first technical time out, Cuba began to unleash their power and went on to take the set 25-15. In the second set Cuba continued to lead the way posting an 8-5 lead at the first technical time out. Panama seemed deflated as Cuba continued to score at will leading 16-10 at the second technical time out. Cuba continued to dominate and won the match handily 25-15. Set three was much of the same with Cuba opening up an 8-4 lead at the first technical time out. Cuba extended the lead to 16-9 at the second time out and continued on from there to defeat Panama 25-10. Spanish

 

Canada stunned by Dominican Republic in 5 set loss.

Winnipeg, Canada, September 11,- Dominican Republic scored a major upset while edging Canada in a five-setter by score of 19-25, 19-25, 29-31, 26-24, 19-17 in Day Two of the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships. This was Canada’s first big test after the Dominican took Cuba to a fifth set on the opening day. Both teams seemed to feel each other out exchanging points and at the first technical time out it was the Dominican Republic up 8-7. Canada would go on run to go up 14-11 and hold the lead up 16-14 at the second technical time out. Canada continued to dominate on the attack and cruised on to take set one 25-19. In set two Canada experienced some difficulty right from the start and found them selves down 12-16. More..Spanish

 

Puerto Rico defeats Mexico in 4 sets

Winnipeg, Canada, September 11,- Puerto Rico defeated Mexico in four sets in a match of two spirited and relatively evenly matched teams. The score was 27-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23. In the first set Puerto Rico opened a narrow lead and held onto it up by two 16-14 at the second technical time out. Tied at 17-17, both teams exchanged kills but it was Puerto Rico who finally gained the advantage to win the set 27-25. Set two was much of the same as neither team was giving any ground. At the first technical time out Puerto Rico held a two point lead up 8-6. Puerto Rico capitalized on a number of Mexican errors to jump ahead 13-9 and remained in the lead at the second technical time out up 16-13. Mexico would reel Puerto Rico in to tie it at 22-22, but a couple big kills put them back up, which was just enough as they went on to take set two 26-24. Set three was all Mexico as they stormed out to an 8-2 lead, increasing it to 12-4 and 16-8 at ht second technical time out. Puerto Rico rallied back to get within 6 down 12-18, but Mexico was not giving up their lead and took the set 25-18. Set four Puerto Rico seemed to regain their composure and we were back to a battle at the net. Puerto Rico was in control up 8-7 at the first technical time out and held onto that advantage to lead 16-15 at the second. Puerto Rico would add a little space and go on to win the set 25-23. Spanish

 

Nancy Metcalf was MVP at Norceca’s Continental

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 11, 2005.- American Nancy Metcalf was elected the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca Women’s Continental Championship, leading three USA players included in the All-Star of the event. The other members of the USA in the team were Lindsey Berg (Setter) and Tayyiba Haneef  (Scorer). The Dominican Republic and Cuba each had two players in the ideal team. The Dominicans were Cindy Rondon (Blocker) and Alexandra Caso (Libero) along with Cubans Nancy Carrillo (Server) and Zoila Barros (Spiker). The team was completed with Canadian Annie Levesque (Defense) and Puerto Rican Aury Cruz (Receiver). Spanish

 

USA is the Women’s Continental Champions of Norceca

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 11, 2005.- USA edged Cuba in five thrilling sets and won the gold medal at the Norceca Womem’s Continental Championships while claiming also a ticket to the Grand Champions Cup in Japan next November. A touch by Tayyiba Haneef landed on the Cuban side for the victory point of a match that lasted 114 minutes and finished by score of 25-13, 22-25, 27-25, 20-25, 15-10. Veteran Danielle Scott was the top American scorer with 20 points followed by Nancy Metcalf with 19 and Haneef and Therese Crawford with 12 and 10 respectively. For Cuba, Zoila Barros totaled 21 points and Yumilka Ruiz (12) and Nancy Carrillo (10) were also in double digits. The high wall of the USA blocking was a key in the outcome of the first set with Scott playing a star role. Also Crawford hit some potent kills and the Americans led 8-5 and 16-7 at the technical pauses. USA led 8-4 at the first time out of the second set, but the difference lowered to 16-15 at the second pause. The serves of Carrillo and Barros helped the Cuban side to erase the deficit. MoreSpanish

 

Dominicans with a convincent victory over Puerto Rico for the bronze medal

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 11, 2005.- Dominican Republic won the bronze medal at the Norceca Women’s Continental Championships with a convincing victory over Puerto Rico in straight sets by score of 25-19, 25-19, 25-13. The triumph avenged the loss suffered by the Dominicans to the Puerto Rican in the preliminary round of Pool A. Cindy Rondon and Annerys Vargas had 16 and 13 points respectively for Dominican Republic and siblings Eva and Aury Cruz were the best for Puerto Rico with 11 and 10. The Dominicans recovered from a 5 to 8 deficit and took the first set with the combined attack and blocking of Vargas. Kenia Moreta’s spikes sent Dominican Republic to an 8-6 lead in the second set which increased to 16-10 with Rondon’s blocking opening the way. Then Vargas came up with some potent kills to seal a set where Eva Cruz excelled for Puerto Rico. The good Dominican blocking led by Vargas was the key for the success in the one-sided third set. Aury Cruz, captain of Puerto Rico: “Congratulations to the Dominican Republic. They came out to play very hard and deserved the victory. We did not do as we planned and our serves and reception were not good.” MoreSpanish

 

Cuba edges Dominicans as USA, Puerto Rico and Canada win

Winnipeg, Canada, September 10, 2005.- Cuba edged Dominican Republic in five thrilling sets in Day One of the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships, a competition where the winner will claim a ticket to the Grand Champions Cup later this year in Japan. The Cubans won by score of 25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 17-25, 15-10 and Olvedis Dominico was their best attacker with 13 points and Dominican Elvis Contreras led all the scorers with 23 points. In the first match of the first day of action, Puerto Rico defeated Barbados by score of 25-20, 25-23, 25-18. Oswald Antonetti led the winners with 11 points and Fabian Cox topped Barbados with 13 points. USA beat Mexico in straight sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-12 ) with Riley Salmon leading the Americans with 9 points, equalled by Mexican Antonio Capetillo. In the last match of the opening day, Canada did not disappoint the home crowd scoring a victory with comfortable margin over Panama by score of 25-12, 25-22, 25-18. Fred Winters was the most outstanding offensive player for Canada with 11 kills and tree aces good for 14 points and Domingo Avila led Panama with 6. USA. Puerto Rico, Mexico and Barbados are competing in Pool A, while Cuba, Canada, Dominican Republic and Panama play in Pool B. The winner of each pool automatically advance to the semi final phase of the events and teams that finish second and third will play crossed matches in the quarterfinals. The winner of the competition gets a ticket to compete at the Grand Champions Cup to be played in Japan next November where $1 million dollars will be available in prizes. Spanish

 

Cuba will dispute USA the ticket to Japan

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 10, 2005.- Cuba will meet USA in the decisive match of the Norceca Women’s Continental Championship with the winner of the contest advancing to the Grand Champions Cup in Japan next November. Cuba moved to the gold medal match after an easy victory over Dominican Republic in straight sets by score of 25-12, 25-12, 25-18. Nancy Carrillo was the best Cuban with 12 points and Yaima Ortiz and Zoila Barros added 10 and 9. Cindy Rondon, Kenia Moreta and Bethania de la Cruz each had 5 points for Dominican Republic. In the first set with the score 8-7 in favour of Cuba, Nancy Carrillo recorded four consecutive aces sending her side to the triumph. The blocking of Cuba was its main weapon in the second set which ended with identical score as the first one. The third set was not very much different than the others. Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: “It was a tough match and we had a lot of problems with our reception.” MoreSpanish

 

USA to dispute the gold medal

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 10, 2005.- USA advanced to the gold medal match of the Norceca Women’s Continental Championships with a comfortable triumph over Puerto Rico by score of 25-18, 25-18, 25-18. Nancy Metcalf was the top American scorer with 12 points and Therese Crawford and Tayyiba Haneef had 11 and 10 respectively. Eva Cruz scored 11 for Puerto Rico. In the first set, USA relied on the strong blocking of Elisabeth Bachman and a couple of aces by setter Lindsey Berg. Puerto Rico was ahead 8-7 in the second, but Crawford led 7-0 rally of USA in route to the victory. After a tie at 13-all in the third set, USA dominated with its taller players blocking the attacks of Puerto Rico. Aury Cruz, captain of Puerto Rico: “Our serves today were not as effective as in previous matches. USA served and blocked very well. We did not give up and we will take this a preparation for tomorrow.” Robyn Ah Mow Santos, captain of USA: “Puerto Rico played real good defense and we also did a good job on defense. I think we could have played a little bit better.” Juan Carlos Nunez, coach of Puerto Rico: “We played harder than the last time we faced USA. Their serves were very strong and forced the location of our attack to the corners where they concentrated the blocking.” Lang Ping, coach of USA: “It was really a tough match. I am satisfied with the way we blocked today. We were patient and did a good job.” Spanish

 

Canada finished in the fifth position

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 10, 2005.- Canada placed fifth at the Norceca Women’s Continental Championship after routing Barbados 25-20, 25-10, 25-14 despite using a reserve squad for most of the match that lasted only 63 minutes. Tara Smart was the top Canadian scorer with 10 points followed by Gina Schmidt and Tawana Wardlaw with 9 apiece and Cheryl Stinson and Lies Reimer each with 8 points. Kristanella Allain led the Bajans with 11 tallies. The rest of the matches of Saturday featured the semi finals between USA and Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic vs. Cuba. The winner of this event will claim a ticket to the Grand Champions Cup to be disputed in Japan next November. Spanish

 

USA complete the Final Four teams at Norceca

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 9, 2005.- USA will face Puerto Rico in one of the two semi finals matches to be played on Saturday at the Norceca Women’s Continental Championships. The Americans advanced winning over Barbados in straight sets by score of 25-16, 25-9, 25-5. The Bajans resisted in the first set with some good blocking but at the end the superiority of USA was too big. It was almost a no-contest in the second and third sets. Elisabeth Bachman was the top scorer for USA with 13 points and Nancy Metcalf added 9. Anthazia Yearwood, captain of Barbados: “We set the goal of 15 points for the first set and we scored 16 so we enjoyed a lot. Then USA took charge and their serves were too strong.” Robyn Amow Santos, player of USA: “We also set some goals and that was to keep them in low scoring in the next two sets. They played a good first set.” Paul Payne, coach of Barbados: “It is very different to play against a team like USA. We played a good first set but they came back with those serves and were really tough. We tried very hard.” Lang Ping, coach of USA: “I called a time-out in the first set and told my players to use the technique against the blocking. We still have a long way to go. I am not thinking about Puerto Rico or Cuba. Against Cuba we did not have the chance to play and I have never seen in my life, playing or coaching, so many mistakes in the passing.” Spanish

 

Dominican Republic reached the semi finals

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 9, 2005.- The Dominican Republic advanced to the semi finals of the Norceca Women’s Continental Championships with a triumph in consecutive sets over Canada (25-22, 25-19, 25-14). Cindy Rondon had 18 points, including 11 blocks, to lead the Dominicans. Kenia Moreta and Annerys Vargas added 13 and 12 respectively. Julie Salyn led Canada with 9 points. The excellent blocking of Rondon was the key for the Dominicans in the first set where Canada led 8-7 and 16-15 at the technical pauses. Rondon’s overall game carried Dominican Republic in the second set, and Kenia Moreta’s spikes sealed the victory in the third set. Melissa Raymond, captain of Canada: “We played very well for the first two sets, but then Dominican Republic improved its blocking in the third one.” Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: “We had a shaky start but then recovered and set the pace of the game. That was the key.” Lorne Sawula, coach of Canada: “The Dominican libero (Caso) did a good job covering the holes and the attack of them was very consistent.” Francisco Cruz, coach of Dominican Republic: “I am very satisfied with the job done by Kenia Moreta tonight. She is a very important player in our team and it is good to see her back in shape.” Spanish

 

México finished in the seventh position

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 9, 2005.- Mexico finished in the seventh position at the Norceca Women’s Continental Championships after recording an easy victory over host Trinidad & Tobago in the first match of Day Four action. The match lasted only 49 minutes and the score was 25-10, 25-11, 25-12. Claudia Rodriguez had 19 points to lead the Mexican attack and Mariela Garcia and Migdalel Ruiz added 10 and 8 points respectively. Trinidadian coach Macsood Ali used only reserved players and Darlene Ramdin was the top scorer of her side with 10 points. The next matches on Friday featured Dominican Republic vs. Canada and USA vs. Barbados in the quarterfinals. Spanish

 

Barbados eliminates Trinidad & Tobago

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 8, 2005.- Barbados prevailed in a battle of teams from the Caribbean zone defeating host Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-9), on the last game of Day Three of the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships. The Bajans advanced to a quarterfinal encounter with USA while Trinidad & Tobago will meet Mexico in a match for the seventh place. The other quarterfinal match will have Dominican Republic facing Canada on Friday.  Cuba and Puerto Rico will rest until Saturday when they will meet the winners of the quarterfinals in the semi final phase of the event. The winner of the tournament will receive a ticket to represent the Norceca Confederation at the Grand Champions Cup next November in Japan. Spanish

 

Cuba displayed exhibition of good volleyball

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 8, 2005.- Cuba crushed USA in consecutive sets (25-13, 25-22, 25-16) and confirmed its condition of favourite to win the ticket to the Grand Champions Cup available at the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships. The powerful serves of Cubans caused major damage to the Americans reception during the whole match. Cuba joins Puerto Rico in the semi finals while the Americans will meet in the quarterfinals with the winner of Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Rosir Calderon, one of four Cuban with double figures, led all the players with 18 points. Yumilka Ruiz, Yanelis Santos and Nancy Carrillo had 15, 12 and 10 respectively. Nancy Metcalf was the best American with 10. Lang Ping, coach of USA: “I dont know if we played bad or Cuba played too good. Congratulations to Cuba. Their serves were too strong for us tonight.” Felipe Calderon, coach of Cuba: “It is a very important victory because gives us a rest day tomorrow and a chance to prepare better for the semi finals. I think the key for the victory was our serves.” Spanish

 

Puerto Rico advanced to the semi finals

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 8, 2005.- Puerto Rico scored a surprising victory in three sets over Dominican Republic advancing to the semi final round of the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships. The score was 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. It was the first loss of Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico since the preliminary round of the 2002 World Championships in Germany. Aury Cruz was the only Puerto Rican in double figures with 14 points and Sheila Ocasio and Tatiana Encarnacion added 9 and 8 respectively. Cosiris Rodriguez and Annerys Vargas were the best Dominicans with 14 and 12. The Dominican side lost outside hitter Prisilla Rivera in the first play of the match with an injury to her right ankle in a block attempt. She is day to day. Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: “We did not play at all. They had a great game and the important thing now is that we are still in the second round.” Aury Cruz, captain of Puerto Rico: “The service is one of our strengths and we came out to make it a little tough to their passing. That was the key. Our goal is to go back home with one of the medals.” Francisco Cruz, coach of Dominican Republic: “Puerto Rico played a good game and we lost our best attacker in the first play of the match. My team did not recover motionally of that loss and could not play well for the three sets.” Juan Carlos Nunez, coach of Puerto Rico: “The service was the key for the victory. We tried to avoid their middle-blockers and force their attack to the corners. It is a great victory but we want to keep our head cool.” Spanish

 

Canada qualified to the quarterfinals

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 8, 2005.- Canada qualified to the quarterfinals of the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships with a triumph over Mexico in the first match of Day Three. The score was 25-17, 25-22, 25-15. The Canadians finished the preliminary round with a 1-2 record in Pool B and Mexico was eliminated after losing its three matches. Gina Schmidt and Melissa Raymond scored 14 and 13 respectively for Canada while Claudia Rodriguez and Migdalel Ruiz had 14 and 12 for Mexico. Melissa Raymond, captain of Canada: “We started really slow during the first two sets until finally got our rhythm. We qualified for the next round and that was our goal today.” Lorne Sawula, coach of Canada: “We had moments of brilliance but we have to maintain that level for a longer period of time.” Spanish

 

Dominicans are one of four unbeaten teams

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 7, 2005.- Dominican Republic joined three other teams with unbeaten records after two days of competition at the Norceca Women’s Continental Championships. The Dominicans defeated host Trinidad & Tobago 25-8, 25-20, 25-10 and equalled with USA, Puerto Rico and Cuba with record of 2-0. Bethania de la Cruz led Dominican Republic with 13 points and Prisilla Rivera and Kenia Moreta had 10 and 9 respectively. Anne Kelly Billingy was the best Trinidadian with 13 points. Anne Kelly Billingy, captain of Trinidad & Tobago: “Congratulations to Dominican Republic. We played a good second set and it was a good chance for our young players to go against a great team.” Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: “Trinidad & Tobago played very well in the second set. They have good talent and I hope they can make the next round.” Macsood Ali, coach of Trinidad & Tobago: “Get 20 points against a team who beat USA in the Olympics and Japan two months ago is a great honour. We need to keep competing at this level.” Francisco Cruz, coach of Dominican Republic: “We made some changes to rest my main players for the coming matches. I am satisfied with the way the young players performed in the third set after some difficulties in the second one.” Spanish

 

Cuba defeated Canada

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 7, 2005.- Cuba followed the steps of USA and Puerto Rico taking its second victory at the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships. The Cubans beat Canada by score of 25-21, 25-18, 25-18. The Canadians battled during the whole match but at the end of each set Cuba dominated relying on its strong blocking and consistent play. Cuban Zoila Barros was the only player with double figures in the match with 13 points. Yumilka Ruiz, Nancy Carrillo and Daimi Ramirez each had 9. Gina Schmidt was the top Canadian scorer with 9 points. Lisa Raymond, captain of Canada: “We had a good first and third set when we managed to handle the big serves of Cuba. It is always fun to play against a team like Cuba.” Yumilka Ruiz, captain of Cuba: “I think we are improving step by step. I am very satisfied with our performance so far. Canada played very well tonight.” Lorne Sawula, coach of Canada: “Every time you have the chance to play against Cuba is a bonus. We battled against them but at the end their experience gave them the triumph when they took the game to the next level.” Felipe Calderon, coach of Cuba: “Congratulations to Canada for a great match tonight. They served well and put us in trouble. It is a well prepared team tactically and they showed it today.” Spanish

 

Second victory for USA

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 7, 2005.- USA obtained its second victory in as many outings at the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships while defeating Mexico in straight sets by score of 25-4, 25-22, 25-16. The Americans crushed their rivals in the first set when they enjoyed excellent serves by Tayyiba Haneef combined with outstanding blocking. The next two sets were closer but with USA using its superiority to prevail. Haneef was the leading scorer for USA with 19 points, Jennifer Joines added 10 and Danielle Scott, Elisabeth Bachman and Katherine Wilkins had 8 apiece. Migdalel Ruiz and Elizabteh Salas each had 9 for Mexico. Claudia Rodriguez, player of Mexico: “This is a great opportunity for our younger players to learn. We only came here with nine players and we are trying to do what we can.” Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, player of USA: “We played better than yesterday but lost concentration after the first set. We will get better.” Marco Heredia, coach of Mexico: “It is very tough to play against a team like USA under the conditions we are. The Federation sent me with nine players and two were injured yesterday. I think USA will be a contender for the crown here.” Lang Ping, coach of USA: “We don’t have the consistency you need to be among the top teams in the world. We make too many errors. We have a long way to go, but today we served better.” Spanish

 

Puerto Rico is 2-0

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 7, 2005.- Puerto Rico is 2-0 at the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships after a victory over Barbados  25-14, 25-10, 25-5. The Puerto Ricans were superior in all aspects of the game and cruised to the victory without any difficulties. Shannon Torregrosa led Puerto Rico with 14 points, Vanessa Velez and Sheila Ocasio added 8 apiece and Tatiana Encarnacion and Aury Cruz each produced 7. Anthazia Yearwood, captain of Barbados: “We came out with enthusiasm in the first set but we need to work more as a team. I like the style of Puerto Rico, a good team.” Aury Cruz, captain of Puerto Rico: “We came out to play hard and trying to minimize the errors. We passed very well and I am very satisfied with our game today.” Paul Payne, coach of Barbados: “Puerto Rico came prepared to play us and they took their game a step higher than yesterday. Their serving was a significant difference.” Juan Carlos Nunez, coach of Puerto Rico: “I agree with the coach of Barbados that our serves carried us today. I like the consistency level we kept today and I hope to maintain the aggressiveness of our services.” Spanish

 

Dr. Ruben Acosta Trophy Challenge was announced 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 6, 2005.- The Dr. Ruben Acosta Hernandez Trophy Challenge was announced tonight during the opening ceremony of the Norceca's Women Continental Championships. The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Roger Boynes, presented the trophy to Mr. Mushtaque Mohammed, president of the hosting national volleyball federation and Mr. Edgar Alvarado, president of the Control Committee of the event.Both Mohammed and Alvarado are regional vice presidents of the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation, whose president is Mr. Cristobal Marte of Dominican Republic. Mr. Boynes said during his speech that this is a recognition to the contributions in favour of volleyball in America and worldwide by founder and first president of Norceca and president of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) since 1984. Mr. Mohammed informed that the team who wins the championship for three editions will keep the trophy permanently. Eght teams from the Norceca region are competing here for one ticket to the Grand Champions Cup to be played in Japan next November. The teams are: Barbados, Cuba, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and USA. Spanish

 

USA recovered to beat Canada

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 6, 2005.- USA recovered from losing the opening set and went on to take the next three in a victory over Canada 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-14 in Day One of the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships.The Canadians were tough rivals for the first three sets of the match, but in the fourth seemed a little bit tired and the Americans dominated. Four Americans finished in double digits with Tayyiba Haneef leading the way with 17 points. Nancy Metcalf followed with 14 and Katherine Wilkins and Elisabeth Bachman had 12 and 11 respectively. Melissa Raymond was the best Canadian with 10 followed by Lies Reimer and Emely Cordonier with 8 apiece.Lisa Raymond, captain of Canada: “It was a good game for us where we went out to battle. At the end they executed better than us.” Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, player of USA: “We were very slow at the beginning but we were lucky to come back and recover. Canada played very good.” Lorne Sawula, coach of Canada: “They continue to find a way to beat us. You are never happy with a loss, but it was a good learning experience for us.” Lang Ping, coach of USA: “It was a very difficult match and we did not have good concentration in the first set, but we also did not make many mistakes. Canada played a great game.” Spanish

 

Puerto Rico complete the victorious quartet

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 6, 2005.- Puerto Rico defeated host Trinidad & Tobago in consecutive sets during the last match of the opening day at the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships. The Puerto Ricans used their better experience to beat a physically talented side of Trinidad & Tobago. The score was 25-14, 25-9, 25-6. Shannon Torregrosa and Aury Cruz were the leading scorers of Puerto Rico with 11 points apiece. Anne Kelly Billingy topped the host side with 10 points. Anne Kelly Billingy, captain of Trinidad & Tobago: “During the first set we played very well but then we made too many errors. We were not talking and the team of Puerto Rico improved a lot. Congratulations to them.” Aury Cruz, captain of Puerto Rico: “It was a nice first set for Trinidad & Tobago. It is the first time we play against them and we didn’t know what to expect. They came out pretty hard.” Macsood Ali, coach of Trinidad & Tobago: “Puerto Rico is a team with experience. We could not negotiate their serves after the first set. The biggest problem of our team is the lack of exposure.” Juan Carlos Nunez, coach of Puerto Rico: “It is the first time we play against them. We made a few errors in the first set and they played hard, especially Kelly with her effective spikes. Then we found the needed consistency.” Spanish

 

Comfortable victory for Dominican Republic

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 6, 2005.- The Dominican Republic scored a comfortable victory over Barbados (25-14, 25-12, 25-12) in Day One of the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships. Annerys Vargas led three Dominicans in double figures with 13 points and Cosiris Rodriguez and Cindy Rondon added 11 and 10 respectively. Anthazia Yearwood, captain of Barbados: “The Dominicans are taller than us and their blocking made it tough for us. We played a good first set and then lost the focus.” Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: “We had a good start and I hope we are going to improve from it. The girls of Barbados played very well.” Paul Payne, coach of Barbados: “We played much better than the last time we faced them at the Pan American Cup. We have some new players who need exposure.” Francisco Cruz, coach of Dominican Republic: “We played very well as a team. The most important thing is that we kept the same level and the same focus using a mix of veteran, young and intermediate players. That gives me a great satisfaction because we are working at long term and it is a good sign.” Spanish

 

Cuba defeated Mexico in straight sets

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 6, 2005.- Cuba defeated Mexico in consecutive sets to open the Norceca’s Women Continental Championships, a qualifier for the Champions Cup. The score was 25-18, 25-18, 25-20. Nancy Carrillo and Daimi Ramirez led the Cuban balanced attack with 11 points apiece and Yaima Ortiz added 8. The best scorer of Mexico was Mariela Garcia with 9 points. Celida Cordova, captain of Mexico: “Cuba is a very strong team and we did our best. Their jumping serves gave problems to our reception.” Yumilka Ruiz, captain of Cuba: “Mexico played very well. We need to make some adjustments in order to play more as a unit.” Marco Heredia, coach of Mexico: “I am happy with the way we played with our reduced team due to injuries. Cuba is one of the best team in the world.” Felipe Calderon, coach of Cuba: “Our technical staff is satisfied with our performance in this first match. Mexico played very well and that is the reason they qualified to the World Championships.” Spanish

 

Minister of Sports formally launched the Tournament

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 3, 2005.- The minister of Sport and Youth Affairs formally launched the NORCECA Women’s Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago, host of the tournament. The tournament was launched at the Press Centre at the venue for the tournament.  The competition will be the qualification event for the Grand Champion’s Cup to be held in Japan later this year. At the launch, the Minister of Sport Mr. Roger Boynes, pleased the government support for the tournament and indicated that the government is pleased with the work of the Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation over the years. This year the National Volleyball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago was the host of the World Championships Qualification Tournament (NORCECA Group B Men) and also the host of the Caribbean Junior Women Tournament. After the NORCECA women’s Tournament they will be the host of a Caribbean Beach Volleyball Tournament. “We are very proud of the efforts of the Volleyball Federation as they cater for the youths of the nation and also has contributed to the Sport Tourism policy of the Government” said Boynes. Mushtaque Mohammed, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Volleyball Federation said: “We are honored to host this event, the glory of women’s volleyball in this region especially since this tournament has the prestige of being the qualification tournament for the Grand Champions Cup in Japan.  We are also honored to host USA, Cuba and Dominican Republic, who participated in the last Olympic Games in Greece”. The tournament will start on September 6 and the Champions on NORCECA will be crowned on September 11. Spanish

 

Women of Cuba will go as favourites at Trinidad & Tobago

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, September 2, 2005.- Olympic bronze medallist Cuba, a team who placed fourth at this year World Grand Prix, is the favourite to take the gold medal at the Women’s Norceca Continental Championships to be staged here on September 6-11. USA and Dominican Republic are the other major powers of the region on the women side with Puerto Rico making some improvements lately. The threesome of Yumilka Ruiz, Zoila Barros and Nancy Carrillo lead the Cuban attack with Rosir Calderon emerging with an explosive offence. USA has prolific scorer Nancy Metcalf and big Tayyeba Haneef as their main producers along with Elizabeth Bachman and Jennifer Joines. Veteran Cosiris Rodriguez and young Prisilla Rivera lead the Dominican squad joined by promising Dahiana Burgos. The siblings Aury and Eva Cruz and Shannon Torregrosa are the main Puerto Rican players. Mexico, a team qualified to the next year World Championships has Bibi Candelas and Ana Mercado as its main power supplier while Canada will count with Barb Bellini and Emely Cordonier as their top producers. Teams from Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago are newcomers to this competition and their young squads will participate looking for learning experience. Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago will play in Pool A and Cuba, USA, Mexico and Canada will compete in Pool B. The winners of each pool advance to the semi final round while the teams placed second and third will go to a crossed quarterfinal confrontation. Spanish

 

Cuba is the favourite in Men’s Continental at Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Canada, September 2, 2005.- Cuba, winner of the bronze medal in the World League this year, is the favourite to get the gold at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championships to be disputed here on September 10-15. Cuba is one of the four Norceca’s teams already qualified to the Final Round of the Men’s 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan. The others are USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. The winner of the continental competition will get the only ticket available for the Champions Cup to be played in Japan next November. Cuba was the most pleasant surprise at the World League this year featuring a mix of veterans and youngsters. In their quest for the ticket to the Champions Cup, Cuba will count, among others, with Raidel Poey, the MVP at the Norceca-E Tournament, as well as Henry Bell, Yasser Portuondo, Olvedis Dominico, Osmany Juantorena and captain Pavel Pimienta. USA, unbeaten winner at the Norceca-D last month, is considered the main opposition for Cuba and will present a squad led by Riley Salmon, Brook Billings, James Polster, David Lee and Richard Lambourne. More..Spanish

 

Havana and Dominican’s Proyecto Nacional playing in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil, August 30, 2005.- Havana Club and Proyecto Nacional of Dominican Republic are taking part at the Salonpas Cup, an invitational women’s tournament being played in this Brazilian metropolis. Havana has a 1-2 record while the Dominican team has a 0-3 mark. The Minas Club is leading the competition unbeaten in two outings. Minas Club defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-15) with Joyce Silva scoring 22, Veronica Brito 15 and Fernanda Rodrigues 8. For the Dominicans the best scorers were Dahiana Burgos, Bethania de la Cruz and Cindy Rondon with 14, 11 and 10 points respectively. Havana needed five sets (25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 17-15) with Yusleinis Alvarez leading the route with 19 points and Martha Sanchez and Anniara Munoz adding 17 and 10. Four Dominicans scored in double figures: Rondon (20), Gina Mambru (17), Prisilla Rivera (15) and Ginette Selmo (14). Rexona-Ades Team defeated Havana 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-15) with Rosangela Nascimento and Thaisa Menezes scoring 14 and 12 and Yusidey Frometa leading the Cubans with 10 points. Finally, Belgium All-Stars beat Dominican Republic 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-17). Virginie de Carne and Liesbeth Vindevoghel had 15 and 10 points respectively for Belgium and Burgos and Rondon scored 10 and 8 for the Dominicans.

 

Rosir Calderon was the MVP in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 28, 2005.- Cuban Rosir Calderon was elected the Most Valuable Player at the Norceca-E Qualification Tournament for the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships. Calderon was also the best attacker of the competition and Cuban Nancy Carrillo received the award as Best Server. Felipe Calderon of Cuba was the choice as Best Coach. Five Dominicans made the All-Star Team. They were: Cosiris Rodriguez (Best Scorer), Annerys Vargas (Best Blocker), Juana Gonzalez (Best Setter), Sofia Heredia (Best Receiver) and Ana Lara (Best Libero). Walda Maldonado of Guatemala was the Best Receiver. Spanish

 

Cuba finish with perfect record

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 28, 2005.- Cuba finished with a perfect record of 4-0 at the Norceca-E Women’s Tournament while defeating Dominican Republic in consecutive sets (29-27, 25-19, 25-18) in a match between sides already qualified for the Final Round of the 2006 FIVB World Championships. Cuba took the lead 8-5 with the big serves of Zoila Barros who had three consecutive aces. Dominican Republic tied up at 8-all with the offence of Juana Gonzalez and Cosiris Rodriguez. After a tie at 12-all, Barros again served two aces sending Cuba to a 16-14 advantage at the second technical time-out. The Dominicans came back to take a 24-22 lead with Rodriguez leading the way, but a couple of errors evened the score at 24-all. Finally, the serves of Nancy Carrillo decided the frame where Cuba saved five-set points. In the second set, the attack of Barros and Carrillo was the key for Cuban’s lead at 8-5 and 16-12. Cuba controlled the set since the beginning and Yaima Ortiz closed it with a pair of smashes. MoreSpanish

 

Costa Rica got the ticket to Japan 2006

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 28, 2005.- Costa Rica qualified to the Final Round of the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships with a victory in consecutive sets over Guatemala taking advantage of their bigger size at the net. The score was 25-22, 25-15, 25-19. Angela Willis and Ingrid Morales had 13 and 10 points respectively for Costa Rica. The Costa Ricans recovered from a shaky start in the first set and led 8-6 and 16-11 at the technical time-out with Angela Willis supplying some good attacks. The taller Costa Ricans also controlled the net. Guatemala led 8-6, but Costa Rica tied up at 8-all behind a block of Paola Ramirez and a touch by Dionisia Thompson. After a tie at 12-all, the Costa Ricans jumped to a 16-12 lead at the second technical time-out benefiting from the blocking of Verania Willis. The third set was very competitive with Costa Rica leading 8-7 and 16-15 at the pauses. Ana Ramirez made a great effort for Guatemala. A big block by Angela Willis sealed the ticket to Japan. MoreSpanish

 

American Salmon was the MVP in Puerto Rico

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 28, 2005.- American Riley Salmon was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the Norceca-D Qualification Tournament for the FIVB 2006 Men’s World Championships. Salmon was also the best attacker of the event where USA and Puerto Rico won the two remaining tickets for the Final Round to be played in Japan next year. Mexican Ivan Contreras was the only member of the All-Star not a member of USA or Puerto Rico. Teams from Guatemala and Barbados also participated in the event. Americans David Lee (Best Blocker) and Richard Lambourne (Best Receiver) joined Salmon in the awarding ceremony. Puerto Ricans Angel Perez (Best Setter), Gregory Berrios (Best Defender and Libero) and Jose Rivera (Best Server) completed the squad. Also were recognized during the closing ceremony USA coach Hugh McCutcheon and referee Pedro Garcia of Puerto Rico. Spanish

 

USA completed a perfect record

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 28, 2005.- To Qualify to the Men’s World Championships next year in Japan was not enough for USA. They wanted something else and got it without problems. The American squad was prepared to face the team who played better against them during the competition and beat Puerto Rico in straight sets (25-22, 25-12, 25-21) to win the gold medal at the Norceca-D Men’s Qualifying Tournament. Both teams entered the court with its regular starters looking for the gold, but the Puerto Ricans committed too many mistakes with their serves in the first set. The errors of Puerto Rico continued in the second set where the Americans excelled with their attack and blocking. In the third set, the Americans took an early lead and never relinquished despite a late charge by the host team. Spanish

 

Mexico finished in third place

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 28, 2005.- Ivan Contreras, Carlos Guerra and Gustavo Meyer scored in double figures in leading Mexico to a victory over Guatemala 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-16) in the bronze medal match of the Norceca-D Men’s Qualification Tournament. Mexico and Guatemala had been eliminated of possibilities for the Final Round of 2006 FIVB World Championships after losing to Puerto Rico and USA in the semi finals on Saturday. Contreras had 17 points, Guerra 13 and Meyer 11, while Erick Garrido led Guatemala with 13 points and Erick Calvillo added nine. Spanish

 

Cuba qualified to Japan 2006

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 27, 2005.- Cuba qualified to the Final Round of the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships with a victory over Guatemala at the Norceca-E Qualification Tournament. The score was 25-12, 25-11, 25-12. Rosir Calderon and Rachel Sanchez each had 13 points, and Kenia Carcaces and Yanelis Santos had 11 and 10 respectively. Cuba won the first set using strong serves and solid spikes by Rachel Sanchez. It was a consistent performance by the Cubans who led 8-4 and 16-8 at the technical time-outs. In the second set, Kenia Carcaces led the Cubans with potent spikes and serves. The accurate serves of Cuba continued in the third set combined with good blocking. María Orellana, captain of Guatemala: “I think this match prepared us for the game of tomorrow against Costa Rica. We improved our reception and we hope for the best on Sunday.” Rosir Calderón, player of Cuba: “Our team played very well. This year is my first in the starting line-up of Cuba. I still need to develop more in order to be the top attacker of our squad.” David Aldana, coach of Guatemala: “The matches against Cuba and Dominican Republic as also some friendly contests against the junior teams of those countries have prepared us for the game against Costa Rica.” Felipe Calderón, coach of Cuba: “We continued to use our young players and if they are needed on Sunday, against Dominican Republic, we will have the veteran players.” Spanish

 

Costa Rica defeated Jamaica

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 27, 2005.- Costa Rica took the first step toward the Final Round of the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships with a victory over Jamaica in consecutive sets (25-17, 25-13, 27-25) at the Norceca-E Qualification Tournament. Angela Willis led three players in double figures with 15 points. The attack of Angela Willis and Dionisia Thompson was a key for Costa Rica in the first set. In the second, the service game guided the Central Americans with Verania Willis and Marianela Alfaro leading the way. In the third set, Jamaica wasted a four-point lead at 24-21 and the Costa Ricans prevailed winning the match taking advantage of the opponent’s mistakes. Angela Willis totalled 15 points and Verania Willis and Thompson had 11 and 10 respectively. For Jamaica, Georgette Crawford had 10. Verania Willis, captain of Costa Rica: “We committed many errors, especially in he third set and we need to avoid that in our match tomorrow against Guatemala for the ticket to Japan.” Braulio Godinez, coach of Costa Rica: “I think the girls were a little over confident after winning the second set by a wide margin. We came from behind in the third set and that was a good sign of improvement.” Spanish

 

USA continue to dominate

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 27, 2005.- USA continued its playing rhythm and its dominion of offence and blocking defeating Guatemala in straight sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-9) qualifying to the 2006 FIVB Men's World Championships. Guatemala had moments of brilliance in the first two sets leaving a good impression of the Central American volleyball, but the experience of USA was enough to get the victory and the first of two tickets available in the Norceca-D Tournament. Hugh McCutcheon, coach of USA: "This is my first year with the team. It has been a good year for us. We have had good games and good victories. We are going to rthe Worlds looking to be among the top eight and from there hope to be in the final four and maybe the podium." Riley Salmon, captain of USA: "The final match is always very emotional. Whoever is the rival is going to be a good one. We will be in shape." Alvinzi Pelaez, coach of Guatemala: "I am very content because I know the team did its best." Spanish

 

Puerto Rico complete the list of participants in Japan

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 27, 2005.- The Final Round of the 2006 FIVB Men's World Championships have its 24 participants. Puerto Rico completed the list with a straight sets victory over Mexico at the Norceca-D Qualification Tournament. The score was 25-20, 26-24, 25-23. The match was close since the start and in very set the teams played evenly until the 16-point level but the host team, supported by around 6,000 fans, executed the key plays for the triumph. In the third set, the Mexicans showed its desire to extend the match, but Puerto Rico had a boost and after several ties took control of the set. With the score 24-23, as also happened with the women Puerto Rican team, a block finished the match and gave the ticket to Japan. This will be the first participation for Puerto Rico since the World Championships in Mexico 1974. Hector Soto led the Puerto Rican offence with 15 points and Carlos Guerra had 14 for Mexico. Luis E. Ruiz, coach of Puerto Rico: "This is great for the volleyball of Puerto Rico. The opportunity came and we took advantage of it. I am very satisfied with the job done by my players. We could recover from bad moments and mistakes. the team kept the composure and executed at the crucial moments to get the victory." Hector Soto, player of Puerto Rico: "I improved with the tournament. I am not yet at my peak, but it was a good game. I only can say in advance that I will be in Japan." Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: "I would have changed the structure of the team, but that was the way it was formed. Congratulations to Puerto Rico and good luck in Japan." Spanish

 

USA is one step away from Japan

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 26, 2005.- USA is one step away from qualifying to the Final Round of the FIVB 2006 Men's World Championships after defeating Mexico 25-19, 25-20, 25-21 at the Norceca-Tournament. During the match, USA made few substitutions, but the Mexicans worked with most of their personnel to prepare it for the semi final against Puerto Rico.  Riley Salmon and James Polster were the best attackers for USA with 12 points apiece, while Carlos Guerra had 13 for Mexico. Hugh McCutcheon, coach of USA: "I am very happy with the way my boys performed because during the whole week the level have been up and down and today was very consistent." Riley Salmon, captain of USA: "Tomorrow we have to play against Guatemala who defeated Barbados. We are going to play with great respect but with a lot of intensity because is the match for the qualification." Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: "I think we could have played better. Now we will concentrate in the match of tomorrow against Puerto Rico." Spanish

 

Guatemala moved to the semi finals

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 26, 2005.- Guatemala took a major step for the Central American volleyball in defeating Barbados 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22). The Guatemalans played effectively and combined good defense on the court and in the blocking. Guatemala could dominate the strong offence of the islanders even after losing its middle blocker Edgar Villalobos with a sprained ankle in the third set. Barbados had an afternoon to forget and only its captain Elwyn Oxley was consistent and scored 26 points, the highest total in the tournament so far. For Guatemala, whio qualified to the semi final, Erick Garrido had 16 and Alfredo Gonzalez added 13 points. Alvinzi Peláez, coach of Guatemala: "We accomplished our goal. Now we know we still have two matches to play and will go out to get more experience that shall be very valuable for the future in our zone." Miguel Marroquin, captain of Guatemala: "We established our rythm and got the victory. Now we are going to take advantage of the two matches we still have to play." Ludger Niles, coach of Barbados: "Congratulations to Guatemala. They played a greta game and got the victory." Spanish

 

Dominican Republic won the ticket to Japan                                                          Match Schedule

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 26, 2005.- The Dominican Republic won a ticket to the Final Round of the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championship with a victory over Jamaica 25-10, 25-10, 25-15 at the Norceca-E Qualification Tournament.  Cosiris Rodriguez scored 16 points and Annerys Vargas added 13. Georgette Crawford had 9 points for Jamaica. The more experienced Dominicans dominated the first set with effective blocking and Rodriguez producing well placed spikes. The host team was ahead by 8-3 and 16-6 at the technical time-outs. The serves of Dominican Republic caused problems to the Jamaica’s reception in the second set. Rodriguez and Vargas led the offence for the host team. It was more or less the same pattern in the third set, but a more relaxed Dominican side allowed some liberties to the opposition. More....Spanish 

 

Cuba wins its second match

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 26, 2005.- Cuba is 2-0 at the Norceca-E FIVB Women’s World Championships Qualification Tournament after a straight sets triumph over Costa Rica by score of 25-7, 25-12, 25-20. Rosir Calderon and Rachel Sanchez led Cuba with 10 points apiece. Cubans Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros remained on the sides for the second consecutive day. The big serves of  Sanchez gave Cuba an 8-3 lead in the first set and the margin escalated to 16-5 with the spikes and blocking of Nancy Carrillo. Calderon’s spikes sealed the victory. Cuba was leading by two points at the first technical pause in the second set, but the kills of Carrillo provided a boost and the gap improved to 16-9 at the second stop. Sanchez finished the job with excellent overall performance. Costa Rica led 8-7 in the third set thanks to effective attack of siblings Verania and Angela Willis combined with inconsistent serves by Cuba. The Costa Rican were still ahead 16-15 at the second time-out, but Daimi Ramirez led a Cuban charge to close the match. More....Spanish 

 

Puerto Rico got its third consecutive win

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 25, 2005.- In a match that must be a preview of a semi final encounter, Puerto Rico defeated Mexico in consecutive sets (25-16, 25-23, 26-24) for its third victory in a row at the Norceca-D Men’s FIVB World Championships Qualification Tournament.The Puerto Ricans established an effective game with middle and corners offense besides consistent defense both at the net and the field. Hector Soto and Jose Rivera led Puerto Rico with 16 points apiece, and Ivan Contreras was the best for Mexico with 22. Luis E. Ruiz, coach de Puerto Rico: “I think we placed well but we must sep the respect for Mexico, which is a great team and Ivan Contreras, a great  competitor. On Saturday Hill be a new match and this one is in the past.” Héctor  Soto, player of Puerto Rico: Ï think we need to maintain the concentration for the match of Saturday which is very important.” Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: “We did not have our best game. We need to make the adjustments and go well focused to the qualification match on Saturday.” Iván Contreras, captain of Mexico: “By what we saw today, I am sure we are going to play again on Saturday in the semi finals. I think we have to forget about tomorrow’s match against USA and concentrate for the match of Saturday looking for the ticket to Japan.” Spanish

 

Easy victory for USA over Barbados

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 25, 2005.- USA defeated Barbados in straight  sets (25-18, 25-10, 25-13) for its third victory at the Norceca-D Men’s Qualification Tournament for the FIVB World Championships. USA had an effective game from its setter Donald Suxho and the offensive of David McKienzie, David Lee and Riley Salmon while Elwyn Oxley was the only consistent performer for Barbados. McKIenzie had 8 points the same total of Oxley. Hugh McCutcheon, coach of USA: “It was a good game for us. We started a little slow like we did against Puerto Rico but we made the needed adjustments to take the first set and then win the match. Barbados played hard but their level is different.” Ludger Niles, coach of Barbados: “Our game has improved and these past matches help us to go to the match against Guatemala, a team that work very hard on defense, We have to be ready against them and avoid the errors.” Spanish..........Match Schedule

 

Dominicans improve to 2-0 mark

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 25, 2005.- Dominican Republic got its second triumph in as many days beating Guatemala in straight sets by score of 25-10, 25-12, 25-12 at the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships Qualification Tournament Norceca-E. Annerys Vargas and Cosiris Rodriguez were the top scorers for the host team with 16 and 13 respectively.  The spikes of Kenia Moreta sent Dominican Republic to an 8-2 lead at the first technical time-out of the opening set and Rodriguez closed it with a streak of potent kills. Rodriguez continued her devastating offensive performance in the second set when the Dominicans led 8-4 and 16-8 with good use of their size advantage at the net. Vargas enjoyed an overall good performance in the third set, blocking, spiking and serving with excellence. Maria Orellana, captain of Guatemala: "It is always source of pride to compete against a team of the high level like the one of Dominican Republic. I think we have improved  and hope to do good against Costa Rica on Sunday."  Cosiris Rodriguez, captain of Dominican Republic: "It was a beautiful match for us. We played better than yesterday and improved our reception. We also have one objective for next Sunday against Cuba." David Aldana, coach of Guatemala: "It is not everyday that you have the chance to play against a team like Dominican Republic. Our goal is to play better and to develop our team." Ismael Ortega, coach of Dominican Republic: "Things were better for us today. We received better and the team is very united. We will be ready for a good match against Cuba on Sunday." Spanish........Match Schedule

 

 

Cuba displayed powerful attack

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 25, 2005.- Cuba made an impressive debut at the Norceca-E 2006 Women’s World Championships Qualification Tournament while dominating Jamaica in straight sets 25-10, 25-11, 25-14. Rosir Calderon and Rachel Sanchez led the Cubans with 14 and 11 points respectively. Neither Yumilka Ruiz nor Zoila Barros, the two main stars on the Cuban side, saw action during the one sided match. The first set was completely one-sided with the powerful serves of Cuba producing major damages on the Jamaican side. Cuba led 8-3 and 16-4 at the time-outs. Sanchez had three aces, Nancy Carrillo had two and Daimi Ramirez added another one. Calderon’s thunderous spikes were the main weapons utilized by Cuba in a second set where the Olympic bronze medallists led 8-2 and 16-6 at the two technical pauses. Cuba played mostly with reserve players in the third set, but the outcome was very similar. Tracyann Pryce, captain if Jamaica: “Just the fact of playing against a team like Cuba was a pleasure. We played better than the day before but there is still room for improvement.” Yumilka Ruiz, captain of Cuba: “I think the girls of Jamaica did a great effort. It was also a game where our young players received the opportunity to play and develop.” O’Neal Ebanks, assistant coach of Jamaica: “It is always good to play against Cuba. We learned a lot and improved from yesterday. Our goal is to keep playing better as the competition continues.” Felipe Calderon, coach of Cuba: “We knew about the possibilities of Jamaica so it was good opportunity to give playing time to some of our younger players.” Spanish

 

Dominican Republic beat Costa Rica

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 24, 2005.- Dominican Republic won in straight sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) over Costa Rica in Day One of the FIVB Women’s World Championships Qualification Tournament Norceca-D. Cosiris Rodriguez, Annerys Vargas and Kenia Moreta had 13, 12 and 11 points respectively for the Dominican Republic, while siblings Verania and Angela Willis each scored 11 for Costa Rica. The Dominicans dominated 8-3 and 16-8 in route to winning the first set with Moreta and Vargas providing the attack. Veteran Rodriguez and Vargas led the way for the host team in the second set where Costa Rica presented some resistance with good blocks. The Costa Ricans led most of the third set with the offence of Verania Willis but they could not maintain the rhythm after a tie at 18-all, when Rodriguez led a Dominican comeback. Braulio Godinez, coach of Costa Rica: "We had a good game and tried to give a battle to the Dominicans who had much more experience than us. But we cannot lost the perspective and need to maintain the focus on winning the third place." MoreSpanish

 

Puerto Rico took second victory

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 24, 2005.- Puerto Rico defeated Guatemala with comfortable margin for its second victory at the 2006 FIVB Men’s World Championship Norceca-D. The score  was 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 and the match gave the Puerto Rican coach the chance to use some of his reserve players with Oswald Antonetti leading the offence of the host team. There were moments during the match when the Guatemalans showed signs of improvement and battled hard, but the strength of Puerto Rico was too much. Antonetti was the best scorer for Puerto Rico with 17 points, followed by Roberto Munoz with 12. Erick Garrido topped Guatemala with 6 points. Luis E. Ruiz, coach of Puerto Rico: “We touched the ball in the blocking and that is good. We also looked better in our serves but still need to minimize the errors.” Víctor Rivera, player of Puerto Rico: “We had to go motivated for this match. I am a professional and always, no matter the rival, I like to play well. We have to reduce the errors and the match was useful for our match against Mexico.” Miguel Marroquín, captain of Guatemala: “I think we showed improvement in our game. Now we have to concentrate in the match we came looking form and that is to beat Barbados.” Spanish

 

Guatemala started on the right track

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 24, 2005.- Guatemala started on the right track its quest for a berth at the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships taking a four-set victory over Jamaica in the Norceca–E Qualification Tournament. The score was 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 25-7. Maria Orellana led Guatemala with 18 points while Ana Ramirez had 16 and Samantha Arias 11. For Jamaica Cheryl Daley scored 9 and Paula Porter and Crawford each had 8. Guatemala won the first set with good offensive actions by Ramirez and Aneliesse Burmester combined with Jamaica’s continued reception problems, but Jamaica prevailed in the second frame with improved blocking and strong spikes by Georgette Crawford. Ramirez led the attack in a third set dominated by Guatemala with margins of 8-3 and 16-10 at the technical time-outs. The serves of Orellana gave Guatemala a comfortable early lead in the fourth set and the rest was history. Oneal Ebanks, assistant coach of Jamaica: "We do not have much international experience and it showed today, even our girls made the effort, but we lacked fighting spirit." MoreSpanish

 

Mexico won over Barbados

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 24, 2005.- Mexico capitalizad the errors of Barbados to take its second victory at the Norceca-D Men’s FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament. The Mexicans, relying on the game of their captain Ivan Contreras and attackers Carlos Guerra and Gustavo Meyer won in consecutive sets by score of  25-16, 25-14, 25-21, but for moments needed a big effort to stop the strong attack of Barbados at the corners. Contreras led Mexico with 13 points and Guerra added 12, while Adam Price, who did not start for Barbados was the best of his side with 11 points. Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: Ït was not our best game, but we managed to get the win. Now we have to be ready for our next match against Puerto Rico.” Ivan Contreras, captain of Mexico: “After winning the first two sets it was normal to relax a little bit, even myself. But we won because of their mistakes.” Ludger Niles, coach of Barbados: “We made too manyerrors and we paid for it, but the game help us to be ready for the match that can qualify us to the semifinals.” Spanish

 

What the coaches said before Santiago

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, August 24, 2005.- The teams of Cuba and Dominican Republic are considered a lock to reach the final round of the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championships. So in the competition that starts tonight, three teams will be battling for the one spot available. Here is what the coaches said during the press conference after the technical meeting: Ornel Findlay, coach of Jamaica: “We know that Cuba and Dominican Republic are teams of world level, but anyway we come here with the goal of reaching Japan along with them. We are ready for the battle against all the rivals looking for that place in the Worlds.” Luis Felipe Calderon, coach of Cuba: “We have had a tough year with an intense preparation to arrive here looking for the ticket to the Worlds. In the sport there are no small enemies, and even we are given as favourites, we always go to the court willing to show it. We have our complete squad well prepared to make the jump to Japan. If I have to mention two key players, I would say they are Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros.” David Aldana, coach of Guatemala: “Thanks to the new qualification format within Norceca, we are here and hope to keep advancing. I think this situation will take our volleyball to make the quality jump and we are winning just being here. But anyway, we are ready to take the ticket.”..More..Spanish

 

Puerto Rico has a 1-1 record

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 23, 2005.- Puerto Rico got its first win at the Norceca-D Men’s Qualification Tournament for the 2006 FIVB World Championships while beating Barbados in straight sets. The score was 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 and Puerto Rico has a 1-1 record while Barbados is winless in two outings. The match was one where the Puerto Ricans presented much strength in blocking and good serving, although Barbados battled back on several occasions and showed its continued improved in the region. The Puerto Rican offence counted with 11 points from Victor Rivera and 8 produced by Rene Estevez. For Barbados, the best scorer was Renier Grace with 6 points. Luis E. Ruiz, coach of Puerto Rico: “I thing we could evaluate our players. They (Barbados) have their offensive game but we controlled them. Now we have to think in Guatemala, which is our next rival and we don’t know anything about them.” José Rivera, player of Puerto Rico: “Personally, I finished some kind of tired because I still had the load of yesterday’s match against USA, but we could made our game and get the victory.” Ludger Niles, coach of Barbados: “We are going match by match. We are looking to improve our game because still we have to play against Mexico and USA and the match with Guatemala. The tournament has been of great experience for us and we will learn from it to improve our game.” Spanish

 

USA obtained its second triumph

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, August 23, 2005.- USA obtained its second victory of the Norceca-D Men’s Qualification Tournament, defeating Guatemala in only 55 minutes. The score was 25-10, 25-13, 25-10. Hugh McCutcheon, the coach of USA, used only six players who did not play the day before. The Americans took advantage of their height for the blocking and attack, while dominating their opponents without major problems. Opposite attacker Brook Billings was the top scorer for USA with 17 points and Peter Olree added 13. Edgar Villalobos led Guatemala with six points. Hugh McCutcheon, coach of USA: “We tested other players and see all the options that we have. We did not have to make any adjustments and could dominate with six players. Now, we have to prepare for our next game.” Brook Billings, player of USA: “The team has one week working out and I was not there during the preparation phase, but calmly I am ready for when it is needed.” Alvinzi Peláez, coach of Guatemala: “We know that the game was going to be tough, but we could test some alternatives and improve everyday for the match we want to win against Barbados.” Mario Marroquín, captain of Guatemala