Puerto Rico beat Cuba for the men’s gold in Cartagena
CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 29, 2006.- Puerto Rico scored a major
upset in defeating Cuba 28-26, 25-22, 25-23 to take the gold medal
in the men’s tournament of the XX Central American and Caribbean
The Puerto Ricans revalidated the crown they had won
in 2002 at El Salvador when Cuba did not participate. The victory
marked the first time Puerto Rico has defeated Cuba in men’s
volleyball since the ninth edition of the Games at Kingston, Jamaica
Cuba, off to a great start in this year World League
with 4-0 record after two weekends of the Intercontinental Rounds,
was considered a heavy favorite to win the gold medal, but the
Puerto Ricans used combined attacks and amazing defense to blank
their opponents.Hector Soto, elected as the Most Valuable Placer by
the media covering the tournament, led Puerto Rico with 18 points
and Jose Rivera added 12.
Puerto Rico and Cuba will play for the men’s crown in Cartagena
Colombia, July 28, 2006.- Puerto Rico and Cuba will
for the men’s crown in the volleyball tournament of the XX Central
American Games after scoring straight sets victories in the semi
final phase over Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The Puerto Ricans
dominated their Dominicans opponents by score of 25-22, 25-17, 25-20
and the Cubans beat Venezuela 25-23, 25-23, 25-15. “We came out with
the purpose of neutralizing their two strong guys, Contreras and
Caceres, and we did it,” said Puerto Rican Luis Rodriguez. “Our
serves were also excellent and we established our game.” Hector Soto
and Victor Rivera had 15 and 10 points for Puerto Rico and Rene
Estevez and Rodriguez each had 8. Elvis Contreras and Jose Caceres
had 14 and 11 respectively for the Dominican Republic. “We didn’t do
anything,” said Julio Frias, the Dominican coach. “The serves, the
receiving and the blocking were bad, and you can’t win playing like
that. I hope we can improve against Venezuela.” Osmany Juantorena
and Odelvis Dominico each scored 12 points for Cuba and Raidel Poey
added 9. Carlos Tejeda had 9 for Venezuela and Luis Díaz 7.
Dominicans and Venezuelans join Final Four
Colombia, July 27, 2006.- Dominican Republic and Venezuela joined
Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Final Four round of the Men’s Volleyball
Tournament at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
Led by 21 and 20 points respectively from Jose Caceres and Elvis
Contreras, the Dominicans defeated host Colombia 3-0 (25-23,
25-19,25-19) and Luis Diaz was the main offensive force of Venezuela
with 21 points in the triumph over Mexico 3-0 (25-17, 25-19 y
Dominican Republic will play against Puerto Rico in the semi finals
while Venezuela will meet Cuba. Colombia and Mexico will play for
the fifth position.
“This match represents some kind of a wake-up call after our worst
match last night against Cuba,” said Contreras.
“Tomorrow, against Puerto Rico, I think we are going to have another
good match. We are two teams pretty evened and the one who makes
lesser errors will win the match, so we need to go out with a great
level of concentration.”
Liberman Agamez was the top scorer for Colombia with 18 points, and
Jorge Payan added 11.
Puerto Rico are semi finalists in Colombia
Colombia, July 26, 2006.- Cuba and Puerto Rico advanced to the semi
finals of the men’s volleyball tournament at the Central American
and Caribbean Games after finishing with unbeaten records in the
preliminary pool play.
Cuba blanked Dominican Republic to win Pool A, and Puerto Rico
defeated Colombia in straight sets to take first place in Pool B.
They will rest on Thursday, while Dominican Republic meets Colombia
and Venezuela faces Mexico.
The Cubans established their serve and block game and neutralized
the Dominican attack in the victory 25-14, 25-18, 25-19. The Puerto
Ricans had the same pattern in their win by score of 25-15, 25-23 y
“We knew we would be facing an emerging team that knows how to win
the big matches, so we came out trying to neutralize them in the
early going and we did it,” said Roberto Garcia, the Cuban coach.
Dominicans won in five sets, Cubans and Puerto Ricans are also
unbeaten in Colombia
Colombia, July 25, 2006.- Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico
are undefeated after two days of pool play in the men’s volleyball
event at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
While the Dominicans had to battle for five-sets to keep their
unbeaten record, Cubans and Puerto Ricans had easy matches in their
Dominican Republic is 2-0 in Pool A following its five-set triumph
over Mexico with the combined titanic effort of Elvis Contreras and
Jose Caceres who each scored 25 points.
“Our game at the net has been good but we have had some problems
with our reception that we need to improve,” said Dominican coach
Julio Frias after the win by score of 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25,
“We knew about the resources of our opponent so we just came
prepared to play with a big level of concentration,” he added.
Mexican Ivan Contreras led all the scorers with 29 points, Gustavo
Meyer had 12 and Jose Martell and Juan Garcia chipped in 11 and 10
Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in men’s play at Colombia
Colombia, July 24, 2006.-
Dominican Republic, Cuba and Colombia came out winners during the
first day of play in the men’s volleyball tournament at the XX
Central American and Caribbean Games.
The most exciting victory was the one of Puerto Rico over Venezuela
in four sets (25-21, 27-25, 29-31, 32-30) lasting 2 hours and 21
minutes. Cuba beat Mexico 3-1, and Dominican Republic and Colombia
defeated Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados 3-0 respectively.
Hector Soto led five Puerto Ricans in double figures with 22 points.
Victor Rivera and Luis Rodriguez added 17 and 13 points respectively
and Rene Estevez and Jose Rivera each had 12. For Venezuela, Tomas
Ereu and Luis Diaz each had 18 points and Ivan Marquez added 12.
“It is a big victory for us,” said Soto. “This win increases our
chances of finishing in first place in our pool because Venezuela is
one of the strong teams in our bracket.”
Cuba, the favorite to win the gold medal, had four players in double
figures in the win over Mexico 25-20, 18, 25, 25-19, 25-23.
Hector Soto (Pur)
Cubans swept the gold in Beach Volley at Cartagena
Colombia, July 23, 2006.- Cuba relied on its experience and
unquestionable talent to sweep the gold medals in both genders in
the Beach Volleyball Tournament of the XX Central American and
Tamara Larrea-Dalixia Fernandez and Francisco Alvarez-Wilfredo
Villa, currently taking part of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, posted
comfortable wins in route to the gold. Larrea-Fernandez triumphed in
the women’s event over Mexicans Vanesa Virgen-Martha Revuelta by
score of 21-14, 21-19, and Alvarez-Villa won the men’s competition
over Venezuelans Jackson Henriquez-Igor Hernandez by 21-13, 21-15.
In the semi finals on Sunday morning the two Cubans teams advanced
while defeating their Puerto Ricans opponents. Larrea-Fernandez
defeated Lyann Puig-Yamileska Yantin by 21-18, 21-9, and
Alvarez-Villa beat Raul Papaleo-Joseph Gil by 21-18, 21-19.
Meanwhile, Virgen-Revuelta defeated Venezuelans Frankelina
Rodriguez-Alejandra Garcia 21-18, 21-9 and Henriquez-Hernandez won
over Mexicans Ulises and Lombardo Ontiveros by score of 21.-17,
Beach Volleyball in final stages in Cartagena
Colombia, July 22, 2006.- The Puerto Rican duo of Raul Papaleo and
Joseph Gil moved to the semi finals of the men’s beach volleyball
tournament at the XX Central American and Caribbean Games with a
victory over the Colombian pair of Wilfredo Barrios-Herney
Saldarriaga by score of 21-13, 21-17.
The Puerto Ricans dominated the first set without problems but had
to erase a deficit of 11-8 to obtain the triumph in the second.
The defending champions Puerto Ricans now will have the opposition
of the Cubans Francisco Alvarez-Wilfredo Villa in one of the semi
Mexicans Ulises Ontiveros-Lombardo Ontiveros had to battle for three
sets to beat Costa Ricans Marcelo Arraya-Jonathan Guevara by score
of 18-21, 21-12, 15-11.The
Costa Ricans dominated the first set with an effective offensive
combination, but the experience of the Ontiveros brothers made
things to happen in the following sets.
The other semi final in the men’s tournament will pit
Ontiveros-Ontiveros against the Venezuelan pair Jackson Henriquez-Igor
revalidated the throne at Cartagena
CARTAGENA, Colombia, July 21, 2006.- The Dominican Republic
revalidated its title as queens of women’s volleyball at the Central
American and Caribbean Games following an impressive victory over
Cuba in three sets by score of 32-30, 25-19, 25-22.
With the Cubans absent during the previous edition in 2002 at El
Salvador, the Dominicans had very few obstacles to take the crown,
but this time they left no questions while conquering the throne
with a spectacular triumph over the fourth ranked team in the world.
In the first match of the evening, Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 3-0
(25-12, 25-22, 26-24) to take the bronze medal.
Following the big battle of the first set, the 11th
ranked Dominicans dominated combining strong serves with big
Annerys Vargas led the Dominicans with 11 points, Cindy Rondon and
Cosiris Rodriguez each had 9 and Nurys Arias added 7. Nancy Carrillo
was the best on the Cuban side with 10 points and Zoila Barros and
Yumilka Ruiz had 8 and 7 respectively.
“To beat a team like Cuba in three sets is a great feat,” said
Cosiris Rodriguez, the Dominican captain. “Very few teams have
beaten Cuba in straight sets, so it is a great honour to be part of
that short list.”
Dominican Annerys Vargas won the MVP trophy
Colombia, July 21, 2006.- Dominican Annerys Vargas was elected by
the media as the Most Valuable Player of the women’s volleyball
tournament at the XX Central American and Caribbean Games that
closed on Friday night with an astonishing triumph for the Dominican
Republic team. The slender Vargas, who plays as middle blocker but
is an useful attacker down the corners, showed her versatility
during the competition finishing with 57 points in five matches that
included 16 serving aces and 14 blocks. Vargas, who has been one of
the biggest stars of the Puerto Rican League for the past two
seasons, was also elected as the best server and blocker of the
tournament. Aury Cruz of Puerto Rico was the top scorer with 68
points in six matches and also the best receiver, and her sister Eva
Cruz won the honor as best attacker. Dominicans Juana Gonzalez and
Rosa Caso were elected as best setter and libero respectively and
Colombian Sara Montoya completed the All-Star Team as best defender.
Cubans Alvarez-Villar in semi finals of Beach Volleyball
Colombia, July 21, 2006.- Cuba secured its advance to the semi final
round of men’s beach volleyball at the XX Central American and
Caribbean Games with the victories of Alvarez-Villar over
Trinidadians Edwards- Thomas 21-12, 21-9 and then against Guatemala
by default. They finished as leaders in Pool C with 5-0 record.
Venezuelans Henriquez/Hernandez dominated Dominicans Perez-Abreu for
their fourth triumph in Pool D and will be looking for another
success against Costa Rica on Saturday.The two victories of the
couple Ontiveros-Ontiveros of Mexico won over Medrano-Leiva of El
Salvador by 21-19, 21-14 and against Colombians Barrios-Saldarriaga
21-16, 21-14, gave them the second place in Pool C. The Puerto Rican
pair of Papaleo-Gil stopped the unbeaten Costa Ricans
(Araya-Guevara) in consecutive sets by 21-14, 21-14. In other
matches on Friday, Colombians Barrios-Saldarriaga won by default
over Guatemala, Barbados beat St Kitts & Nevis 21-19, 21-13 and El
Salvador edged Trinidad & Tobago 21-12, 21-12.
Cuba and Dominican Republic will play for the gold medal
Colombia, July 20, 2006.- Cuba and Dominican Republic will play on
Friday night for the women’s volleyball gold medal at the XX Central
American and Caribbean Games.
advanced to the final match of this regional competition while
scoring an easy victory over Mexico in straight sets by score of
25-18-25-12, 25-12, but the path was not as smooth for the
Dominicans who survived a dramatic third set to beat Puerto Rico
25-17, 18-25, 35-33, 25-18. Mexico and Puerto Rico will meet in the
first match of Friday in the battle for the bronze medal.
Nancy Carrillo was the top Cuban scorer with 13
points and Daimi Ramirez and Zoila Barros had 10 apiece. Ana Mercado
scored 8 points for Mexico.
When the score was wide open, Cuban coach Felipe
Calderon used his bench to rest some players and keep everyone in
Cubans, Dominicans and Venezuelans unbeaten in Beach Volley
Colombia, July 20, 2006.-Cubans Tamara Larrea-Dalixia Fernandez,
Dominicans Margarita Suero-Rosa Medrano and Venezuelans Frankelina
Rodriguez-Alejandra Garcia are unbeaten with 3-0 in the pool pay of
the Beach Volleyball Tournament at the XX Central American and
Caribbean Games. They all have 3-0 records. Larrea-Fernandez beat
Costa Ricans Natalia Alfaro-Yanina Aguilar 21-10, 21-8 for their
third win and tomorrow will be looking for the semi final ticket
against Laura Molina-Diana Romero of El Salvador. Suero-Medrano
started the second day of action with a quick victory over Nancy
Joseph-Andrea Davis of Trinidad & Tobago by score of 21-12, 21-16
and then followed with a triumph 21-14, 21-11 over Shirnel
McPherson-Mona Crawford of Barbados 21-14, 21-11. Rodriguez-Garcia
had a tough battle to defeat Puerto Ricans Lyann Puig-Yamileska
Yantin 21-19, 21-18 and came back in the afternoon to collect
another win this time off Trinidadians Joseph-David 21-9, 21-12.
Puig-Yantin later defeated Maria Jose Orellana-Ana Ramirez of
Guatemala 21-19, 21-12.
Top-seeded pairs start with easy victories in Beach Volleyball
Colombia, July 19, 2006.- The top seeded pairs in the Men’s Beach
Volleyball Tournament at the XX Central American and Caribbean Games
started with comfortable wins on Wednesday. Cubans Francisco
Alvarez-Wilfredo Villa showed their experience at world level during
their triumph 21-14, 21-0 over host Colombians Wilfredo Barrios-Herney
Saldarriaga, while in a duel of Central Americans, Salvadorians
Jeovanny Medrano-Francisco Abreu defeated Guatemalans Jorge Bolanos-Hugo
Garcia by 22-20, 21-12. Mexicans Ulises Ontiveros-Lombardo Ontiveros
had an easy ride in defeating Trinidadians Kevin Edwards-David
Thomas 21-12, 21-6, and Puerto Ricans Raul Papaleo and Joseph Gil
combined power with finesse to beat Shawn Seabrookes-Hodge St.
Claire of St, Kitts & Nevis 21-10, 21-8.In other matches, Jackson
Henriquez-Igor Hernandez of Venezuela defeated Winston Gittens-Sean
Codrington of Barbados 21-14, 21-13 and Costa Ricans Marcelo Arraya-Jonathan
Guevara beat Dominicans Jeuddys Perez-Francisco Abreu 21-14, 21-13.
Mexico and Puerto Rico complete the final four
Colombia, July 19, 2006.- Mexico and Puerto Rico completed the four
semifinalists of the women’s tournament at the XX Central American
and Caribbean Games joining Cuba and Dominican Republic in the final
four phase. Mexico will play against Cuba after a 3-0 win (25-19,
25-22, 25-17) over Venezuela, and Puerto Rico will meet Dominican
Republic after a victory in straight sets over Colombia (25-21,
25-16, 25-19). Ana Mercado was the star for Mexico with 17 points,
combined with Bibiana Candelas and Claudia Rodriguez who had 13
apiece. Veronica Gomez and Desiree Glod had 11 and 10 for Venezuela.
Once again, Aury Cruz and Karina Ocasio led the Puerto Rican offense
with 13 and 10 points respectively, and Jessica Angulo was tops for
Colombia with 13. “We were coming of playing two very strong teams
and it helped to raise our game,” said Marco Heredia, the Mexican
coach. “Since the start of the tournament, we knew this match
against Venezuela was going to be very important in our medal hopes,
so we prepared very well for it.”
Beach Volleyball starts today in Cartagena
Colombia, July 19, 2006.- The Beach Volleyball Tournament of the XX
Central American and Caribbean Games starts on Wednesday at Playa
Boquillas. Twelve pairs in both genders will compete divided in two
pools. Countries participating in both genders are Colombia, Cuba,
Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, El Salvador,
Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Guatemala, while St.
Marteen will be entering a men’ pair and Honduras a women’s duo. “A
hard work has been done in the preparation of the competition area
and everything is ready for the best beach volleyball competition in
the history of the Games,” said Mr. Cristobal Marte, the president
of NORCECA. “The warm-up courts are ready and we have seen several
teams training and the enthusiasm is great,” said Mr. Carlos
Beltran, who leads the control committee. “We will have a good level
competition and the fans will support this historic event.” In the
2002 edition in El Salvador, the Puerto Rican pair of Ramon
Hernandez and Raul Papaleo won the men’s gold medal while Mexicans
Hilda Gaxiola and Mayra Ortiz took the women’s first place.
Dominican Republic and Cuba to semi finals in Colombia
Colombia, July 18, 2006.- Dominican Republic and Cuba, winners of
their respective pools with 3-0 records, qualified directly to the
semi finals of the women’s volleyball tournament at the XX Central
American and Caribbean Games. The Dominicans advanced in Pool B with
a comfortable win over Barbados by score of 25-8, 25-11, 25-13,
while Cuba won Pool A, in defeating Mexico in straight sets by
25-23, 25-17, 25-11. Annerys Vargas and Cindy Rondon had 14 and 10
points respectively and Bethania de la Cruz added 8 tallies for the
Dominican side. Yumilka Ruiz led the balanced Cuban offense with 9
points, Daimi Ramirez added 7, and Yanelis Santos, Liana Mesa and
Zoila Barros had 6 apiece. Dominican coach Miguel Beato Cruz rested
most of the starting players and said that “the level of our game
has been growing up, but from now on we need to improve our
concentration.” Felipe Calderon, the Cuban coach, said that “now we
will watch the development of the next phase and adjust our strategy
depending of the next opponent. But our girls will be ready.”
Cuba and Dominican Republic are unbeaten in Colombia
Colombia, July 17, 2006.- Cuba and Dominican Republic, the two
favorites teams to battle for the women’s gold medal at the XX
Central American and Caribbean Games, have perfect records after two
days of play. Cuba defeated Costa Rica 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-16) and
leads Pool A, while Dominican Republic beat Colombia also 3-0
(25-19, 25-17, 25-21) and sits in first place in Pool B. Kenia
Carcaces led Cuba with 12 points and Rachel Sanchez added 9 as Coach
Felipe Calderon rested veterans Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros during
the whole match. Angela and Verania Willis had 8 and 7 respectively
for Costa Rica (0-2). “Costa Rica is a team with a lot of potential
but they need to train together for a longer period,” said Calderon.
Annerys Vargas was the top Dominican scorer with 11 points and
Milagros Cabral and Cosiris Rodriguez each had 9. Jessica Angulo led
Colombia (1-1) with 12 points. “The best of the Dominican team is
still to be seen,” said Cabral, while Coach Miguel Beato Cruz added
that “tonight we won the match at the net.”
Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Colombia start with victories
Colombia, July 16, 2006.- Dominican Republic started the defense of
the women’s volleyball crown at the XX Central American and
Caribbean Games with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-22 y 26-24) victory over
In other matches, Cuba had to battle very hard to
defeat Puerto Rico in four sets by score of 25-23, 17-25, 25-21,
25-18, Mexico beat Costa Rica 3-0 (25-12, 25-15 y 25-14) and host
Colombia beat Barbados 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-19).
The spikes of Milagros Cabral and Nurys Arias along
with the defense of middle blocker Cindy Rondon were key factors for
the Dominican success.
Cabral had 12 points and Arias added 11, while Maria
Jose Perez and Desiree Glod had 13 and 10 respectively for
this competition you can not take things easy,” said Dominican coach
Miguel Beato Cruz. “It was not our best game but we could make the
adjustments at the right time. Our game must improve starting