Panama wants to be in CA and Caribbean Games
December 23,2004,-The Panamanian Volleyball Federation wants its
men’s team to take part in the Central American and Caribbean Games
to be staged in Guatemala at the end of next year. Jose
Remon, President of the Federation and
also coach of the team, said his team earned the right to be
included in the Panama’s delegation with their unbeaten triumph in
the last Central American Cup in Honduras. “I think we must go
because we are the champions since 2002,” said
Remon. “As it is always, the Olympic Committee has problems
with team sports due to financial reasons, but we have earned that
right.” Remon also set another goal for
his team and that is to qualify for the 2006 World Championship.
They are in an eliminatory group with Canada and Cuba and two more
teams from the Caribbean to be decided. Since their arrival to
Panama, the team has visited with Mr. Juan Carlos Navarro, Major of
Panama City, Mr. Ramon Cardoze, director
of Sports National Institute, and La Estrella
de Panama is reporting that a meeting with President of Panama Mr.
Martin Torrijos also took place.
It was a matter of repetition for Panama
December 22,2004,-It was a matter of repetition for Panama
during the XIII Men’s Volleyball Central American Cup in
Honduras. Not only the country won the crown for second
edition in a row but its star player Jose Cunningham
validated his title as the Most Valuable Player of the
regional competition. Cunningham led three Panamanian
players in the All-Star Team as he was joined by
Herazo and blocker
Urena. Honduras, runner-up in the event, had two
players in the ideal team with receiver Mario Palma and
attacker Luis Salgado. Costa Rican
Jeffry Calderon was the best server and Nicaraguan
Lenin Ruiz the best setter. Cunningham is a 23 years-old
player with excellent overall qualities. He started playing
volleyball eight years ago and was instrumental in the sixth
crown obtained by Panama in the history of the tournament.
Panamanians will present
President Torrijos with the trophy
CITY. December 21,2004,- The Panamanian Men’s Volleyball
National Team will present to the President of their
country, Mr. Martin Torrijos, the champions’ trophy they
obtained in the XIII Central American Cup disputed last week
in Honduras. Javier Ortega, chief of the Panamanian
delegation who last night arrived to Panama City, said they
hope to meet with President Torrijos on this week “to
present him the cup.”“We come back really proud with this
cup that we dedicate to all the people of Panama,” said
Ortega. The Panamanian Selection was received at the airport
by a group of sports authorities led by Anibal Reluz,
technical director of the Sports National Institute.Panama
defeated Honduras 3-0 in a match between unbeaten teams to
win its sixth crown in the history of the regional
Panama repeats as Central American Men’s champions
Honduras. December 20,2004,- Panama successfully defended
its crown as regional champions defeating Honduras with a
categorical 3-0 triumph in the final contest between
unbeaten teams of the XIII Central American Men’s Volleyball
Cup. It is the sixth title for the Panamanians in the
history of the event. They came to Honduras considered as
top favorites to repeat and confirmed their superiority.
Costa Rica has won four crowns, Honduras two and El Salvador
one. Led by Jose
a solid player of 23 years-old and under the guidance of
veteran coach Jose
Panama made the difference with taller players, excellent
blocking and a more strength in the attack.
who at 71 is the dean of the coaches in the event, said they
entered the tournament knowing Costa Rica and Honduras would
be the toughest opponents.
Panama looking to revalidate the title
Honduras. December 18, 2004,- Panama took another step
toward revalidating their regional title with a 3-1 victory
over Costa Rica in the sixth day of action of the XIII Men’s
Volleyball Central American Cup. The Panamanians dominated
the first two sets by score of 25-14, 25-11 but Costa Rica
improved the rest of the way winning the third set 25-20
before losing the match 27-25. Domingo Avila and Jose
Cunningham led the attack of Panama with solid spikes and
their coach Jose Remon was very
satisfied with the way his side performed. “We beat a good
team with high technique,” said Remon.
“We won because we played a fastest game than Costa Rica.
Now we are prepared for Honduras and to keep the title.”
Winners of five previous regional tournaments, the
Panamanians arrive to the last match of the competition with
similar unbeaten record (5-0) as host Honduras.
Honduras still unbeaten after five outings
Honduras. December 17, 2004,- Honduras cleared a major
hurdle when defeated Costa Rica 3-1 for its fifth victory in
the XIII Men’s Central American Volleyball Cup this
Thursday. The Hondurans had to battle very hard to beat
Costa Rica 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 25-23 and now need to beat
Panama on Saturday for the gold medal. It was the first loss
for Costa Rica, considered as one of the favorites to win
the competition between seven countries of the region. The
match was played before a capacity crowd in the Gymnasium of
the Tegucigalpa Olympic Village. Around two thousands
spectators enjoyed the triumph under an atmosphere never
experienced in the past. Honduras won the first set with a
solid all-around game but the Costa Ricans came back strong
in the second and took advantage of several service errors
of the host team.
Honduras. December 16, 2004,- Honduras defeated Guatemala in
straight sets and is still unbeaten after four outings in
the XIII Men’s Central American Cup. The host Hondurans
enjoyed their best match in the competition and came out
winners over the Guatemalans by score of 25-20, 25-23,
27-25.In the other action on Wednesday, Panama won for third
consecutive day this time 3-2 over El Salvador and Nicaragua
scored its first victory edging Belize also in five sets.
Luis Salgado, who plays in Spain, was once again the star of
the host Honduras. He and Felix
were the leading scorers for the winning team.
was a tough match because Guatemala is a very dynamic and
fast team,” said Salgado. “This success is the result of a
great team effort.”
showed strong kills
Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama keep the winning streak
A third consecutive night of celebration for the host team.
The Central American Volleyball has been phenomenal for
Honduras who last night enjoyed another victory this time
off El Salvador. Backed by a partisan crowd that played
drums and horns, the local boys were impressive as they
maintained its unbeaten record in three outings. This time
they did not have to go five sets to reach the triumph and
won by score of 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21). In other
matches of the third day of action, Costa Rica beat
Guatemala 3-0 and Panama defeated Belize 3-1. The start of
the match could not be better for the Hondurans who took an
early lead at 10-5 with solid kills and excellent blocking.
The crowd enjoyed when Marcial
Diaz gave a lesson of spikes with powerful strength.
defeated El Salvador before a capacity crowd
Costa Rica and Honduras jump
Honduras. December 14,2004,- Costa Rica recorded its second
victory in a row during the XIII Men’s Central American Cup
while defeating El Salvador 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-22).In the
other matches of the second day, Honduras kept its unbeaten
record with a 3-2 triumph over Belize and Panama debuted
with a 3-1 success against Nicaragua.
Despite the Costa Rican superiority, the Salvadorans pressed
for moments but could not overcome their rivals and
favorites to dispute the gold medal of the event.
“The game was not easy,” said Juan
Acuna, head coach of the Costa Rica team. “But our
team looked better than on Sunday, more confident and more
We are in
said that with these two victories his players have the
chance to get into the competition rhythm.
The crowds have supported the host Honduras
Honduras edged Nicaragua in a five-sets
Honduras. December 13, 2004,- The Men’s Central American
Tournament started on Sunday and could not be better for the
Honduran host team.
The locals defeated Nicaragua 3-2 and now are
ready to take on Belize who lost to Costa Rica in their
The Central American is in terrific shape and
the Gymnasium 2 of the Olympic Village was lights on with
the volley. It was a big party and the fans enjoyed a great
Honduras showed a great dose of character and won its game.
The players elected to open the show were
Felix Sabio, Luis Salgado, Conrado Fiallo,
Jose Martínez, Alejandro Jeffs and Mario Palma along with
libero Marcial Avila and the rest of the team.
Costa Rica and Panama are favorites in Men’s Central
Honduras. December 11,2004,- Costa Rica go to the XIII Men’s
Central American Cup looking to add to the title they took
in the women’s regional tournament last month in Nicaragua
when they finished with an unbeaten record. But the
pretensions of the Costa Ricans, coached by Juan
have a major obstacle in the form of the Panama team who
come here to defend the crown. These are the two more
experienced teams in the seven-team competition that secure
to the winner a ticket for the next Central American and
Caribbean Games. Panama won the last edition of the Cup and
went to participate in the
Continental Tournament in
Mexico where they finished in the sixth position defeating
Costa Rica is the regional queen of volleyball
November 29, 2004,-
Costa Rica successfully defended the crown as volleyball
zonal queen with a triumph in straight sets over Guatemala
in the final match of the XIII Women’s Central America Cup.
MVP Verania Willis led the Costa
Ricans in the victory 25-23, 25-16, 25-23 for their tenth
title –seven in a row- in the history of the event. In the
match for the bronze medal, Nicaragua defeated Honduras
25-12, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18. It is the second MVP for Willis,
who also earned the distinction in the 2002 edition also in
Nicaragua and in the same court –Polideportivo
Espana. “She was outstanding,”
said the coach Braulio
Godinez about Willis, one of two
siblings in the team. “Verania
has improved a lot since playing in the United States.”
celebrates after match point.
Guatemala came out as the big winner of the Cup
Nicaragua.- Costa Rica
November 29, 2004,-,
as expected, won the gold medal in the XIII Central America
Cup but the big winner of the event has to be Guatemala, who
came to the competition without great pretensions. However,
at the end of the five-country competition, the “Chapinas”
came out with the silver medal and a historic triumph over
Nicaragua in the latter’s soil.“Beating Nicaragua in their
own country was very tough,” admitted David Aldana, the head
coach of the Guatemalans. “In the senior level it is the
very first time we accomplish that goal playing here.” With
a younger and smaller team than the Nicaraguans, they
achieved the victory in five sets. “The truth said, is that
I am very satisfied with the job done by our girls in the
whole tournament,” Saldana added. “I really think that with
better support from our sports authorities and more exposure
we even can aim for the Central America supremacy.”
Costa Rica edged Nicaragua in
Just like two years ago and in the same
stage, Costa Rica managed to handle Nicaragua a lesson in
women volleyball before 2,000 spectators at
Espana in the final day of
preliminary round of the XIII Women’s Central America Cup.
Last night the Costa Ricans prevailed in three sets over the
Nicaraguans (25-23, 25-23, 25-22) securing a berth against
Guatemala in the final match and sending the host team to
the dispute of the bronze with Honduras The surprising loss
against Guatemala in the preliminary round left the “Nicas”
with the rope around the neck with the obligation to beat
their south neighbors in three or four sets.
Pic: Nicaraguan Heidy Rostran against Costa Rica's wall.
Costa Rica advance to the gold medal match in Central
Nicaragua. November 26,2004- Costa Rica moved to the final
match of the XIII Women’s Central America Cup with a 3-1
victory over Guatemala. It was the third consecutive triumph
without losses for the Costa Ricans who are looking for
their tenth crown in the history of the event. Guatemala
fell to a 2-1 record. The score was 25-21, 19-25, 25-20,
25-21. The tandem of attacker Verania Willis and setter
Dionisia Thompson was the key for the victory that confirmed
Costa Rica as favorite to retain the crown. In their first
two matches, the Costa Ricans scored 3-0 victories over
Honduras and El Salvador with the attack and defense of
sisters Angela and Verania Willis. On Thursday they lost the
second set when committed several errors and seemed out of
control, but after that brief lapse they regained composure
and established their superiority.
Guatemala and Costa Rica with unbeaten records
Nicaragua. November 25,2004,- Guatemala and Costa Rica kept
their unbeaten record in the XIII Women´s Central America
Cup while defeating Honduras and El Salvador respectively in
the third round of action of the competition.
Guatemala defeated Honduras 3-1 and
Costa Rica had no problems to beat El
Salvador in straight sets.
These unbeaten squads face each other tonight
with the winner automatically advancing to the final. The
two teams with the best record in the five-country
competition will play for the gold medal. Guatemala took
easily the first set 25-13 but Honduras reacted vigorously
to win the second 25-20 with the attacks of Catarine Leiva
and Claudia Evir plus good defense at the net by Michele
Delgado and Indira Inestrosa.
Guatemala score a major upset over Nicaragua
Nicaragua. November 24,2004, - Guatemala scored a major
upset in the second day of the XIII Women’s Central American
Cup while defeating host Nicaragua in a five-set thriller.
The short Guatemalans relied in good all-around defence to
get the triumph before a big crowd that was rooting for the
local girls. The score was 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25,
15-12.In the other match of the evening Honduras defeated El
Salvador in a match of two classic rivals in the region. The
Hondurans won by score of 25-15, 25-22, 25-17. After two
days of the competition, the standing is: Costa Rica (1-0),
Guatemala (1-0), Nicaragua (1-1), Honduras (1-1) and El
Costa Rica and Nicaragua started winning in the Central
Nicaragua. November 23, 2004,- The XIII Central America
Women Cup started on Tuesday with two matches and the
opening ceremony attended by the top political and sports
authorities of Nicaragua. Costa Rica, winner of nine of the
past twelve editions began the defense of the crown
defeating Honduras in straight sets with scores of 25-21,
25-11 and 25-15. The Costa Ricans confirmed their condition
as heavy favorites to repeat as champions. In the second
match of the day, Nicaragua beat El Salvador also in
straight sets showing they are strong prepared to dispute
the gold medal now in their own soil. The score was 25-10,
Five teams look for supremacy in Central America
Nicaragua, November 18,2004,- The thirteenth edition of the
Women’s Central America Tournament start on November 22 in
Managua, Nicaragua with the participation of five teams from
the region looking for the title and a berth for the 2005
NORCECA’s Championship in Trinidad & Tobago.
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
are the participating sides and the event will serve as a
teams’ thermometer for the qualification rounds for the 2006
World Championships in Japan. These rounds will take place
in April-July of next year to define one or two
representatives of the zone in the top world competition of
FIVB. Each national federation has made great efforts and
preparations for such important compromises, and has
reunited veteran players of past national teams with the new
generation. With that scenario we can foresee six days of
close battles looking for the triumph.
Russia blast past USA to claim bronze
Greece, August 29, 2004.- World number six Russia earned its
ninth Men’s Olympic Volleyball medal in 10 trips to the
Summer Games here Sunday by defeating the United States in
three devastating sets for the bronze medal at the Athens
2004 Games. The score was 25-22, 27-25, 25-16.
The United States was playing for its first medal since
taking the bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Games as both teams
entered the Olympic third-place match after losing
semi-finals contests to Brazil and Italy.
It was an impressive
display from the Europeans as they blocked USA off the
court, who looked to be lacking rhythm and cohesion, but
fell short of their silver medal winning performance in
Sydney four years ago. More
China dethrone Cuba and advance to the final
Greece, August 27, 2004.- After 12 years of dominance
at the Olympic Games, it is time for a new queen to rise for
women’s volleyball. Cuba was forced to abandon their
throne and the dreams for a fourth consecutive Olympic gold
medal after today’s defeat to world’s no. 1 China by 3-2
sets (25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 15-10). The new queen will
be crowned at the final match on Saturday. Once again China
and Cuba lived up to the hype in a great semifinal, which
took place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Unfortunately, only one team was supposed to win and qualify
to the final and at the end China was the more capable and
lucky one to do so.
United States crushed Cuba and moved to next round
Greece 22 August, 2004.- The United States skip past Cuba in
straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-19), at the Peace and
Friendship Stadium to win a spot at the quarterfinals of the
Womens Olympic Volleyball Tournament.
The win was the only result that could offer the States a
birth at the next stage, as they had higher ratio compared
to Germany’s.The United States appeared more determined
right from the first set. Guided by the incredible
performance of Logan Tom, the United States took charge of
the set and sailed to a 25-22 victory.
Things proved to be even easier in the second set for the US
team. They took the early lead thanks to efficient spiking
by TOM and Heather BOWN and the final 25-12 came as no
USA Women in Must-Win Situation after Loss to Russia
Greece, August 20, 2004 – Following another disappointing
five-set loss to Russia on Friday night, the USA women’s
Olympic volleyball team finds itself facing the ultimate
challenge come Sunday: it must defeat three-time defending
Olympic gold medalist Cuba to advance out of pool play.
Ekaterina Gamova scored a match-high 28 points and Lioubov
Shashkova added 23 points as Russia rebounded from a 2-1
deficit after three sets to post a 3-2 victory over the
United States at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Gamova had 22 kills, four blocks and two service aces in the
20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 15-11 win that improved Russia’s
record in Pool B to 3-1. It will play for first place in the
pool on Sunday against China (3-1).
Tayyiba Haneef scored 25 points and Logan Tom added 24
points for Team USA, which dropped to 1-3 in Pool B. It will
do whatever it can beat Cuba (3-1), salvage fourth place in
the pool and keep its medal dreams alive.
Cuba secure second quarterfinal spot
Russian Block Too Much for USA Men
Greece August 19, 2004 – The USA men’s Olympic volleyball
team ran into a Russian road block Thursday night.
Russia used its considerable advantage in size to thwart
multiple American attacks and the result was a 3-1 victory
at Peace and Friendship Stadium in the final match of the
Stanislav Dineykin scored a match-high 25 points on 20
kills, three blocks and two service aces as the Russians
posted a 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 victory to improve to
2-1 in Pool B in the tournament.Alexey
Kuleshov was the biggest barrier for Russia as he added 18
points on a match-high nine blocks and nine kills. In fact,
Kuleshov outblocked the entire USA team, 9-8. Overall,
Russia registered 19 blocks on the night.
upset Americans, hurt U.S. medal hopes
ATHENS, Greece, August 18, 2004 -- Placed in
a difficult pool, the United States appeared to have
one easy foe on the preliminary schedule. Try telling that
to the Dominican Republic. Milagros Cabral de la Cruz had
the match-winning kill in the fifth set Wednesday and the
Dominicans upset the Americans, 26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25,
19-17. The U.S. dropped to 1-2 and must face sixth-ranked
Russia on Friday and fifth-ranked Cuba on Sunday to close
out the first round of the Olympic tournament. The top four
in the six-team pool advance to the quarterfinals.
21 points while Yudelkis Bautista added 20. Kenia Moreta had
19 and Annerys Vargas 11 for the Dominicans.
are all very happy,'' Dominican libero Evelyn Carrera said
through a translator. ``We played very aggressively, and we
showed the people a wonderful match. We fought each point.
We had faith 'til the end. We do not feel inferior toward
any other teams.'' More
Cuba and USA tied with 1-1 record
USA and Cuba won the gold medals
WINNIPEG, Canada. August 9, 2004- USA captured the gold
medal in the NORCECA Women’s Junior
Championship (Under 20 years-old) defeating the Dominican
Republic in straight sets 25-23, 25-22, 25-16.
With Cuba out the USA was undoubtedly the team to beat in
this gold metal final. However, the Dominican Republic
proved that they were going to be a worthy opponent, not one
the USA should take lightly.
Barboza led USA with 11 points and Jordan Larson and Foluke
Akinradewo added 10 and 9 respectively.
Sidarka Nunez was the best Dominican with 14 and Dahiana
Burgos had 9 points.
won the gold medal in the men’s division (U-21) prevailing
over USA in a battle of titans between these two big teams.
The score was 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20.
of gold tarnished by Dominican Republic.
After their gritty win over Cuba two nights
Junior Women’s National team had their work cut out for
them, up against a very skilled team from the Dominican
The opening Canada jumped out 3-1, but the Dominican would
tie it up at 4-4 and move past the Canadians to lead 8-7 at
the first technical time-out. The Dominican would increase
their lead to 13-11 until Canada scored 5 ace serves to jump
ahead 16-13 at the second technical time-out.
Canada would continue to protect the three
point advantage when at 19-16 the Dominican would score
three unanswered points to tie it at 19 a Side forcing team
Canada into a time-out.
USA will meet Cuba for gold after win over Canada
2004. It was a match that Canada’s only hope was to play
spoiler. Already unable to make the gold medal match, all
Canada could gain from the match was to spoil the Americans
day. The USA was in a must win situation. A win would put
them up against Cuba for gold while a loss would mean a
rematch against Canada for the bronze. A Canada-USA match up
is always an exciting and emotional game and these two
teams did not disappoint. However, when the final whistle
blew to end the match the USA had won 25-21, 25-17, 25-19.
Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico move to semifinals in
Canada. August 7,
2004.-- The Dominican Republic took little time to
show Mexico they were here to win the first of two
quarterfinal matches in the NORCECA Women’s Junior
Championship. It would be over in three sets as the
Dominicans defeated the Mexicans 25-17, 25-20, 25-19.The
Dominican Republic now will face Canada in the semifinal
phase this Saturday.
Cindy Rondon was the best scorer for the
Dominicans with 12 points, followed by Sidarka Nunez with 11
and Dahiana Burgos and Karla Echenique each with 7. Sandra
Gonzalez was the top scorer for Mexico with 10 and Martha
Revuelta added 9 points.
Canada upset Cuba in Women´s Juniors
WINNIPEG, Canada, August 6, 2004.- Canada scored a
major upset defeating Cuba in consecutive
sets by score of 25-19, 25-17, 25-23 and advanced to the
semifinal round of the Junior Women’s NORCECA
Championships.The Canadians finished the preliminary round
with 2-1, the same record of Cuba and Mexico, but had better
set ratio (8-3) compared to 6-3 of Cuba and 6-5 of the
Mexicans in Pool B.
lefty Sarah Pavan scored 18 points, Melissa Bartlett had 12
points and Tiffany Dodds and Marie-Pier Murray-Methot each
added 7 points. For Cuba, Rachel Pérez Sanchez had 15
points, Kenya Carcasses cooperated with 13 points and Yisel
Hierrezuelo Portuondo had 8 points.
USA Women Strong in Win Over Puerto Rico
Canada, August 5, 2004.
The Americans recorded another win today as they took on
Puerto Rico in their second match of the event. Scores of
the match were 25-22, 21-25,25-12,Both teams took to the
floor with a vengeance so by the first time-out, it was no
surprise that the score was only 8-7 in the American’s
Puerto Rico managed to make some space for them selves
taking a 10-8 lead,
but it was soon gone as the USA tied it up at 11-11. From
there it remained close with the USA up 16-15 at the second
The USA added one to go up by two at 21-18 then scored three
more off some Big blocks at the net to make it 24-19. Puerto
Rico would not lie down and worked their way back to within
two at 24-22, but in the end the USA finished the job to
take the first set 25-22.
Cuba Defeats Mexico to Remain Unbeaten
WINNIPEG, Canada, August 5, 2004.
The Cuban men continued their winning ways
today, the third
day of competition at the Junior Men’s NORCECA
Championships. The Cubans defeated the Mexicans 25-21,
The first Mexico staying even with Cuba tied at 6-6,
however, two quick points gave Cuba the 8-6 lead at the
first technical time-out. Cuba furthered the gap going up
12-7 then 20-14 forcing Mexico into a time-out.
The time-out had positive results as Mexico
mounted an attack that would bring them within 2 of Cuba
Cuba had an easy triumph over Canadian Men
Canada, August 5, 2004.- Cuba had an easy win over Canada by
score of 25-17, 25-16, 25-10 in the Junior Men’s NORCECA
Cubans dominated every aspect of the game and confirmed its
condition as a big favorite to win the gold medal.
Michael Sanchez was the best scorer for Cuba
with 20 points, followed by Osmany Juantorena with 12. Pedro
Ortiz and Pedro Rodriguez each added 7 points. Jonathan
Marcoux and Louis-Pierre Mainville had 5 apiece for Canada.
In other men action of Wednesday, Team USA
defeated Puerto Rico in four sets by score of 25-19, 23-25,
25-18, 25-17. More
Cuba and USA women got victories
Canada, August 4, 2004.- Cuba’s women once again showed off
their team’s depth of talent today as they easily defeated
the young and inexperienced team from Trinidad & Tobago in
three straight sets (25-14, 25-18, 25-4) to remain unbeaten
in the NORCECA Junior Continental Championships.
at times some glimmer of the developing talent of this young
Trinidadian team, scoring points on a few blocks and ace
serves, but with most of Cuba’s starting players watching
from the sidelines, Trinidad & Tobago could still not
compete with the pure power and skill of the Cuban players.
Double victory for Canada playing at home
Canada, August 4, 2004.- Canada’s Women had their debut
match on home turf as they took on Trinidad & Tobago. The
Canadians came out a little shaky but soon found their
rhythm opening an 8-5 lead at the first technical time-out.
Canada would increase the lead to 16-7 off the powerful
serve of Ontario’s Sarah Pavan. The Canadian’s would not
look back as they went on to a relatively easy 25-16
Sets two and
three were much like the first as Canada continued to
dominate at the net. The Canadian’s had no mercy on Trinidad
& Tobago winning 25-9 and 25-13 to close out the match.
Women of Cuba and Dominican Republic take opening matches
WINNIPEG, Canada, August 3, 2004.- Teams of
Cuba and Dominican Republic had strong showings
during its debut in the NORCECA´s Women Junior Continental
Championship scoring victories over Mexico and Puerto Rico
in straight sets.
defeated Mexico 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 in the first match of
the competition and Dominican Republic dominated Puerto Rico
25-23, 25-15, 25-22.
The Dominicans come from a preparation
tournament in Brazil where they faced the strong competition
of China, Italy and the host Brazil and it showed on the
Brazilian class wraps up fourth Grand Prix crown
REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy. August 03, 2004,
The power and agility shown by the
Brazilians, who had previously won the World Grand Prix in
1994, 1996 and 1998, was incredible as they put on a display
which will have them heading to the Olympics as one of the
favourites for gold. It
was a brilliant performance from the world number three side
with Virna Dias and Erika Coimbra inparticular lethal on
attack and Valeska Menezes and libero Xavier Arlene polished
on defence, making up for their seventh place finish in
2003. The stage was set for a terrific final with both teams
being greeted to an electric atmosphere and the fantastic
crowd were treated accordingly to a feast of the finest
women's Volleyball can offer. More
USA beat Cuba for bronze
USA, the world
number two, was too clinical for the young Cuban side,
reversing their 3-2 defeat suffered at the hands of the
Cubans in the opening round of the Preliminary Round. Cuba,
who finished 11th last year, weren't at their best but
having already achieved their best result at the World Grand
Prix since 2001, where they finished fourth, playing this
match was already a remarkable achievement.
USA got off to
a great start to lead 7-4 before Cuba fought back with three
straight points to tie the set up. From that moment the lead
see-sawed as both sides struggled to settle into any sort of
rhythm. Cuba inparticular struggled to complete their
attacks, with many spikes going long. It wasn't long before
US coach Toshiaki Yoshida called on super sub Lindsey Berg
to serve for the set, which she did with style, hard and
fast into the far right corner.
Junior NORCECA Championship Schedule Confirmed for Next Week
The Team Canada Volleyball Centre is pleased to announce
that next weeks competition schedule is now confirmed for
the Junior Men’s and Women’s NORCECA Continental
Championships, taking place August 3rd 8th in Winnipeg.
The prestigious continental tournament which will feature
twelve teams from seven countries, will be taking place at
the University of Manitoba¹s Investors Group Athletic
Confirmed Teams for the Men’s side of the tournament (19 and
under) include Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico. More
Cuba avenged loss to Brazil in Preliminary Round
Cuba reversed their earlier defeat to
previously unbeaten Brazil in the Preliminary Round with a
sensational come-from-behind victory in the opening match of
the World Grand Prix Final Round. The score was 20-25,
26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12. In the other match yesterday,
China beat Italy 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20. Yumilka Ruiz
led all the scorers with 26 points and was joined in the
Cuban offense by Zoila Barros, Dami Ramirez and Yaima Ortiz
with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively. For Brazil, Erika
Coimbra, Marianne Steinbrecher and Fabiana Claudino wach had
17 points. More
Americans Tom and Sykora and Cubans Ruiz and
Barros led the Grand Prix
July 25, 2004-
Players from NORCECA Confederation dominated all four of the
seven statistics categories during the Preliminary Rounds of
the 2004 World Grand Prix celebrated in Taiwan, Indonesia,
Japan, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Korea and
Americans Logan Tom (scorer) and Stacy Sykora (receivers)
and Cubans Yumilka Ruiz (spiker) and Zoila Barros (server)
won the honors.
Cuba and USA qualified second and third
respectively in Pool B for the final round scheduled for
this week in Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Tom scored 158 points and was followed by
Ruiz (6) with 140, American Tayyiba Haneef (7) with 124 and
Cuban Barros (8) who totaled 121.
Poland defeats Dominican Republic and Brazil dominated Cuba
Poland came from one set down and avoided a fifth set
erasing a three-point deficit while defeating Dominican
Republic 3-1 in the final match for both teams in the 2004
World Grand Prix.
The offensive by the tandem of Malgorzata Nyemczyk and
Aleksandra Przybysz was the key for the Poland success by
score of 21-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22. The
blocking and spikes of Annerys Vargas and a late charge by
Milagros Cabral were the main weapons of the Dominicans in
the first set.
In the second set with Poland in the lead
21-19, Katarzyna Skowronska scored three consecutive points
with a spike followed by two aces. An exchange of mistakes
Both teams battled in the third set and the score was tied
at 18-18 when Poland imposed a superb blocking led by
Nyemczyk and Maria Liktoras.
Centoni carried Italy over Dominican Republic in a four-set
Nadia Centoni combined accuracy and power to carry World
Champion Italy to a very hard fought triumph over Dominican
Republic 3-1 in the Chinese phase of the 2004 World Grand
Prix, the top women competition of the FIVB.
The Italians, host of the final round of this year event,
defeated the Dominicans by score of 25-20, 23-25, 29-27,
25-19 with Centoni scoring 32 points, the highest total for
a player in the tournament.
The stellar 23 years-old Centoni was
fundamental in the outcome of the first set when she had 8
of her points supplying potent attacks. More
Preliminary Rounds of WGP end this weekend
The preliminary rounds of the 2004 World
Grand Prix, the premier annual women’s competition of
volleyball, will be completed this weekend when the 12
participating countries meet in China, Korea and Germany.
Two teams of the NORCECA Confederation, Cuba and USA are
already qualified for the final phase to be staged in Italy
next week. Cuba is in second place behind Brazil with the
same record (6-0) but with the Cubans trailing the
Brazilians in sets ratio, 18-2 for the South Americans and
18-6 for the Caribbeans. USA is in a solid fourth place with
a 4-2 record behind China, the WGP defending champion who
has a 5-1 record. China meet the Dominican Republic this
Thursday as host team in Hefei, while Cuba play against host
Korea in Jeju City.
Tom, Ruiz and
Barros lead offensive categories in WGP
American Logan Tom and Cubans Yumilka Ruiz and Zoila Barros
are leading the overall offensive stats after the completion
of two thirds of the preliminary rounds of the 2004 World
Grand Prix, the premier annual women’s competition of the
Tom is the top scorer with 110 points, Ruiz is placed as the
best spiker with a 60.14 percentage of success and Barros is
the best server with an average of 0.67 per set.
Barros is behind Tom among the top scorers
with 100 points and Ruiz is in fifth place with 94.Cubans
teammates Yaima Ortiz and Barros are third and fourth as
spikers with 49.15 and 48.85 respectively while Tom is in
ninth with 44.61.The versatile Barros is the second best
blocker of the twelve-countries competition with an average
of 0.83 per set behind Russian Natalia Vdovina who has a
0.96 average. American Heather Bown is in the fifth slot
with 0.67. More
USA qualified for the U-18 Girls
States qualified to the 2005 U-18 Girls’ World Championship
after a one-sided victory in three sets over host Puerto
The sets ended with score of 25-12, 25-22, 25-15. The
International Volleyball Federation will announce soon the
site of the next year world competition for this age level.
USA had a spectacular and dominant blocking all the match
played before 1,500 fans in the Cosme Beitia Salamo
again, the Americans had a great performance from Megan
Hodge, who scored 14 points. She was elected the Most
Valuable Player and the best spiker of the tournament.
Dominican Republic finally savored the victory
Dominican Republic finally savored the taste of the victory
in the 2004 World Grand Prix while defeating Poland, the
European champions, 3-1 with the sets finishing 25-13,
28-26, 18-25, 25-20.
The Dominicans, who are participating for the first time in
the premier annual women’s competition of the FIVB, had a
balanced offensive led by Annerys Vargas and Milagros Cabral
with 16 points apiece, followed by Kenia Moreta with 14,
Cosiris Rodriguez with 13 and Yudelkis Bautista scoring 10.
Moreta’s numbers included 4 blocks and 3 aces and Vargas
scored 3 blocks and had 3 aces.
Brazil still perfect after crushing Dominican Republic
Brazil continued to maintain a perfect
record in this year World Grand Prix while dominating the
Dominican Republic in consecutive sets by score of 25-16,
25-17, 25-19. The Brazilians have a 4-0 record and the
Dominicans fell to 0-4. “The key was our good serve and
blocking,” said Jose Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach, “I
would say that our defense carried us. Also the Dominicans
did not play close to our first match in last weekend.”
Claudino led Brazil with 11 points as Guimaraes rotated its
bench. In the third set Welissa Gonzaga (Sassa) had six
points. Milagros Cabral and Kenia Moreta had 11 and 10
respectively for the Dominicans, who had a lot of problems
with their reception. In Hong Kong, USA improved to a 3-1
record winning a five-set battle with Italy by score of
25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 17-15.
Cuba still unbeaten in the Grand Prix
Cuba maintained its unbeaten record at 5-0 after defeating
Russia in five sets with the superb attack of Yumilka Ruiz.
The score was 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10.
The Cubans are in second place overall behind Brazil, both
with the same won-loss record but the Brazilians ahead in
other two Norceca’s team in the World Grand Prix, USA and
Dominican Republic lost in yesterday’s action.
Korea whipped the Dominican Republic in the second phase of
the World Grand Prix winning in consecutive sets by score of
25-19, 25-17, 25-14.
Mexico erased a deficit to beat Puerto Rico
Mexico showed an enormous recovery power edging Puerto Rico
in a five-setter between these two classical rivals of the
U-18 Girls category in the NORCECA Continental Championship.
The score was 25-15, 21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11 and the
match lasted 1 hour and 50 minutes before a crowd close to
The Mexicans played like a dream team in the
first set with the offense of Pamela Cheu and captain Sandra
Gonzalez, but in the second the blocking of Ana Rosa Luna
and the attack of Emily Calderon and Yarimar Rosa evened the
scoreboard.The third set was dominated by the host Puerto
Ricans from start to finish, but the Mexicans reacted and
also took advantage of several unforced errors to take the
fourth and tie the match at 2-all. More
Puerto Rico with powerful start in U-18; USA wins
The host team Puerto Rico had a powerful
start in the Girls U-18 Norceca Contintenal Championship
crushing Guatemala, the Central American champion in
straight sets during the second match of the Opening Day.
Previously, United States beat Mexico also 3-0.
The Puerto Ricans had a strong offense from
stellar spiker Yarimar Rosa and dominated without problems
by score of 25-12, 25-14, 25-16.
Roselly Perez, the captain and setter of
Puerto Rico, left halfway the first set (15-12) with a left
ankle injury and was replaced Michelle Nogueras. Since then,
the host team had a 10-0 rally to close the set.“The girls
really focused in their game and everyone contributed. It is
an important victory as all that we have to look for to be
in the Sunday finale,” said coach Juan Carlos Nunez.
What the coaches said in the Press Conference of Manila
Here is what the coaches had to say before
the start of the second weekend of the 2004 World Grand Prix
Carlos Bizzochi, assistant coach of Brazil:
“Obviously we want to win but the opposition is very tough
and we have played very closed matches against the teams
here. Poland plays one volleyball of pure power, Korea is
recognized by its speed game and Dominican Republic plays a
lot like Cuban style, a mix of power and speed. We have to
wait until Szunday to know who wins here.”
The blocking of Germany was too much for Dominican Republic
Germany grabbed its first win against two losses in this
year World Grand Prix while defeating the Dominican Republic
in consecutive sets by score of 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 in the
Miao Li County Dome. In the first set, the Germans took
advantage of the continuous mistakes of the Dominican
defense, and two rallies of five consecutive points were the
difference –the first one after a tie at 8-8. The strong
blocking of the tall Germans was the key during the second
set when they got seven of their points stopping the
Dominicans at the net. Both teams played evenly most of the
third set where the scoreboard was tied seven times –the
last at 16- but with Germany always taking the lead in the
China had to battle for
victory over Dominicans
China captured their second triumph in the opening phase of
the World Grand Prix but had to fight very hard against the
Dominican Republic to prevail during a thrilling second set.
The queens of
the World Cup and the Grand Prix defeated their Caribbean
opponent in straight sets by score of 25-20, 26-24, 25-18
before 3,000 fans in the Miao Li County Dome.
Hao Fang led the
Chinese attack with 14 points but Yanan Liu was key in the
victory with 11 points and 10 spikes out of 12 attempts.
blocker Annerys Vargas was the best scorer for the
Dominicans, who are 0-2, with 12 points. Milagros Cabral and
Cosiris Rodriguez had 8 and 7 respectively.
USA start the Grand Prix in good fashion
BANGKOK, Thailand.- Heather
Bown scored a match-high 13 points to lead three players in
double-figures in the 28-26, 25-13, 25-22 victory for Team
USA over Korea starting the World Grand Prix.
"The first match of any tournament is a tough one to get
through," said Bown, who had nine kills, four blocks and a
hitting percentage of .500. "Some adjustments were made on
our side to pull out game one. After that we seemed to find
our rhythm for the remainder of the match." Keba Phipps and
Danielle Scott added 12 points apiece as the United States
improved to 11-7 overall this season.
Brazil sweeps Dominican Republic
MIAO LI, Taiwan.
Brazil defeated Dominican
Republic 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-16) in the first match of the
Chinese Taipei phase of the 2004 World Grand Prix, the
premier annual women’s competition of FIVB.
Both teams played leveled for most of the
first two sets, but the Brazilian experience combined with
several setting and reception mistakes by the Dominicans
gave the edge to the South Americans. The third set was a
rose garden for Brazil. The best
battle was in the second when the score tied at 16 with a
spike by Dominican Kenia Moreta. But a service error by
Priscila Rivera and errant killing by Milagros Cabral gave a
two-point lead to Brazil.
Everything is ready for Girls U-18
All the details related to the celebration of Norceca Girls
U-18 Tournament in this town were revealed during a press
conference at the Government House. Also it was informed
about the team that will represent Puerto Rico in that
revamped Cosme Beitia Salamo Coliseum will be the venue for
the competition starting on July 14 with one ticket
available for the World Championship of the category in the
2005 Summer in Germany.Besides
Puerto Rico, teams from USA, Mexico and Guatemala are
entering the tournament with some of the future stars
displaying their abilities.
By tradition this category always present
five to six teams but squads from Cuba and Dominican
Republic could not participate due to problems with entry
visa to USA territory.More
Dominicans to debut in the Grand Prix
The Dominican Republic Women’s National Team, currently
placed fourteenth in the World Rankings of FIVB, will make
its debut in this year World Grand Prix, the annual elite
competition of the best teams on the planet.
This is a squad in a transition process with two new players
–setter Juana Gonzalez and outside attacker Kenia Moreta- in
the staring six.The
Dominicans won the bronze medal during the Pan American Cup
while defeating Brazil in five sets after erasing a 0-2
deficit.Last year, they won the gold medal in the Pan
American Games in Santo Domingo defeating Cuba in the final
match and took part in the World Cup in Japan where they
scored a victory over Poland, the European champions.More
Coaches rate China as the top team
July 08, 2004- China
is the favorite to repeat as champions of the World Grand
Prix and is also considered as having the inside track to
take the gold medal in the next Olympic Games.
That was the unanimous opinion of the coaches from Brazil,
Germany and the Dominican Republic, rivals of the Chinese
women team in the Chinese Taipei phase of the premier annual
event of the FIVB.
But being rated as the world’s top team of the moment does
not make coach Nhonge Chen feel as he is managing the main
force in women’s volleyball.“There are many teams of
quality,” said Chen during the coaches’ press conference at
the Lily Plaza Hotel. “I have to consider Brazil, Italy, USA
and Cuba as teams of very high level.”
Cuba is the new champion of the Pan American Cup
Baja California.- Cuba won the gold medal in the Women´s
Volleyball Pan American Cup defeating USA 3 sets to 1 before
a packed house in the Auditorio del Estado.
and Yumilka Ruiz displayed a festival of fireworks in
leading Cuba to the victory by score was 24-26, 25-19,
16 points and Ruiz followed with 14 leading four players in
double figures. Dulce Tellez and Zoila Barros cooperated
with 12 and 10. Nancy Metcalf had 17 and Cynthia Barboza 10
“It was a
great match and USA is a great team,” said Luis Calderon,
the Cuban coach. “We could stabilize after the first set and
our blocking improved.”
the American coach, said: “Cuba is a great team and they
played fantastic. We came better prepared than the first
round but could not maintain the high level for a long
Cuba led by two points (20-18) in the first
set, when the Americans tied with spikes of Metcalf and
Dominican Republic took de bronze in a thriller
Baja California.- The Dominican Republic recovered from a
two set deficit and won the bronze medal of the Women’s Pan
American Cup edging Brazil in a suspense thriller.The
inspirational job by veteran setter Francia Jackson keyed
the Dominican comeback capped in the tiebreaker by the
offense of also veteran Cosiris Rodriguez. The score was
26-28, 20-25, 25-19, 25-25, 15-13.
With the score tied at 13 in the fifth set, Rodriguez shot a
cannon ball for match point and the action finished with a
Brazilian reception error.
Rodriguez had 23 points, Kenia Moreta and Annerys Vargas
followed with 16 and 15 respectively, Milagros Cabral had 14
and Prisilla Rivera 10.For
Brazil, Veronica Brito scored 16, Regiane Bidias and Thaisa
Menezes 11 apiece and Fernanda Rodrigues had 10.
Zoila Barros elected as the MVP of the
Pan American Cup
Baja California.- Cuban Zoila Barros was elected the Most
Valuable Player of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup
won by Cuba this Saturday.
Barros was also the best server of the event
and her teammate Yaima Ortiz was the choice as best
Americans Liz Bachman and Lindsey Berg were selected the
best blocker and setter respectively and Dominican Cosiris
Rodriguez was the best receiver. Evelyn Carrera also from
the Dominican Republic was the best digger and libero.
USA will meet Cuba for the
Baja California.- USA will meet Cuba in the match for the
medal of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after
beating the Dominican Republic in their semifinal game by
score of 25-16, 26-28, 25-18, 25-21.The
Americans dominated the first set mainly with their solid
blocking and the attacking of Nancy Metcalf.
second, the Dominicans were behind 25-26 but Priscila
Rivera had one killing followed by a block for set point and
Juana Gonzalez blocked for the set.In
the third, the Dominicans led 14-13 when USA reacted with a
rally by Elisha Thomas, Metcalf and Ogonna Nnamani and
starting from there cruised to the triumph.
Americans dominated the fourth set and held off a late
all the scorers with 23 points and Nnamani followed with 19
while Thomas added 15. For the Dominicans, Kenia Moreta had
15, Milagros Cabral 12 and Rivera 11.
the USA coach said: “We were very lucky coming out of the
match with a victory. The Dominicans are very dangerous,
very athletic and very physical. We were very fortunate.”
Cuba had a party time against Brazil
Baja California.- Cuba had a party time this Friday in the
Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup scoring an overwhelming
victory over Brazil in consecutive sets and advancing to the
gold medal match. The score was 25-12, 25-11, 25-10.
The three-time Olympic champions established its powerful
attack since the beginning with Yaima Ortiz providing the
spark against a nervous young Brazilian side.
The second set took the same path this time with the
sterling overall performance of veteran Zoila Barros.
With teams tied at 6-all in the third, Barros
scored three consecutive points to start a rally and the
Cubans never looked back.Barros led
the balanced Cuban offense with 18 points. Dulce Tellez and
Daimi Ramirez had 9 apiece, Liana Mesa scored 8 and Ortiz 7.
For Brazil Regiane Bidias and Adenizia Silva each had 7
Canada cruised to fifth place
Baja California.- Canada beat Puerto Rico 25-16, 25-19,
25-19 and finished in fifth place in the Women’s Pan
American Cup. The Canadians controlled the match most of the
time with good defense and blocking but above all with more
intensity on the court. The Puerto Ricans lacked the
fighting spirit they exhibited in previous matches. Emely
Cordonier had 19 points for Canada, Bard Bellini scored 10
and Lies Verhoeff and Melisa Raymond had 8 apiece. For
Puerto Rico Karina Ocasio and Alexandra Oquendo each scored
10 points. “I feel very happy with the result. My team made
the final effort and came out the winner,”said Lorne Sawula,
the Canadian coach. “I know Puerto Rico has a lot of
injuries and they can play better than they did today.”
Carlos Nunez, the coach of Puerto Rico, said: “I am
disappointed with the way the team performed today. They did
not come with the right attitude. They need to change that
in order to be successful in this kind of competition.”
Brazil is in the final four round
Baja California.- Brazil advanced to the final four round in
the Women’s Pan American Cup with a victory over Canada 3-1
on Thursday. The score was 23-25, 25-14, 25-20,
25-13.Veronica Brito was the star of Brazil with 25 points
that included 21 spikes. Regiane Bidias had 17, Adenizia
Silva scored 11 and Fernanda Rodrigues 9. For Canada Bard
Bellini and Melissa Raymond had 12 apiece.
Brazil will meet Cuba and USA will face Dominican Republic
in the semifinals. All these teams qualified for next year
World Grand Prix
very happy with the way we played today,” said Antonio
Rizola, the Brazilian coach. “We served and blocked very
well during the last three sets.
first goal was to qualify for the Grand Prix and then to be
in the final four,” added Rizola. “Now I want to play
against Cuba. If they don’t take us seriously we have a
chance. But Cuba always plays very serious.”
“Brazil is one of the best junior teams I have ever seen,”
said Lorne Sawula, the Canadian coach. “They are young and
skilled and play with discipline and desire.”
USA moved to the semifinals
Baja California.- USA moved to the semifinals of the Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup while defeating Puerto Rico in
straight sets by score of 30-28, 25-15, 25-17.The Americans,
who finished second to Cuba in Pool A, will face Dominican
Republic, winner of the Pool B. Lefty Nancy Metcalf led four
Americans in double figures with 23 points. Brittany
Hochevar scored 13, Ogonna Nnamani had 12 and Elisha Thomas
chipped 11. Karina Ocasio was the best player for Puerto
Rico with 16 points and Aurea Cruz cooperated with 10. “I
think the first set was the difference,” said Kevin Hambly,
the USA coach. “Puerto Rico played a great first set and the
story could be different if they had prevailed in the
initial set.” With the score tied at 28, Metcalf shot one of
her 22 spikes and Nnamani followed with a block to close it.
“We played a good first set but when Hochevar came in they
stabilized their reception and won the last two sets
easily,” said Carlos Nunez, the Puerto Rican coach. “This is
my first competition as coach for Puerto Rico and I think we
have a good group of young players.”
Rica defeated Guatemala
defeated Guatemala 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) in the match
for the positions 9 and 10 of the Women’s Volleyball Pan
American Cup. Verania and Angela Willis had 19 and 16 points
respectively for Costa Rica and Paola Ramirez added 9. Ana
Ramirez led Guatemala with 11 points. “The girls were a
little bit nervous facing our main rival in Central
America,” said Braulio Godinez, the Costa Rican coach. “We
lost too many serves and Guatemala played good defense. The
match was not good from a technical viewpoint but we are
happy with the result.” “We could not develop our game
plan,” said Julio Dominguez, the coach of Guatemala. “But
nevertheless it has been a great experience for our junior
edged Argentina in five sets
edged Argentina in five hard fought sets and finished in the
seventh position in the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup.
Mexicans were down 1-2 but came back strong behind de attack
of Bibi Candelas, who scored 27 points, and Yendy Cortinas
and Claudia Rodriguez, who had 14 and 13 respectively. The
score was 20-25, 29-27, 23-25, 25-17, 15-10.
Pinedo was the best scorer for Argentina with 26 points.
Mirna Ansaldi had 18 and Mariana Buegos 13.
“To finish this way leave a good taste,” said
Jorge Azair, the coach of
“Argentina is a great team and they made adjustments that
made it very hard for us. We improved our reception in the
last two sets and that was a key factor. I want to
congratulate all my players for a great team effort.”
looked in better shape at the end and we couldn’t resolve in
the fifth set,” said Alejandro Arconada, the Argentinean
coach. “Their experience also paid off. We are very grateful
to the fans of Baja California. It is the most educated
crowd that I have ever seen.”
What the coaches said before the quarterfinals of the Pan
Arconada (ARG): “The organizers have done a great job. We
are very grateful to the Federation of Argentina which is
once again in the international level. We hope to have a
great match with Mexico on Thursday.”
Rizola (BRA): “We have accomplished the first goal of
qualifying for the 2005 World Grand Prix. Now the next step
is to finish in the final four.”
Lorne Sawula (CAN): “We hope to finish in the
top four. Having said that, the competition in the continent
keeps growing and the organization of the Pan American Cup
has been excellent.
Godinez (CRC): “It has been a great honor to participate in
the Pan American Cup. We have a revamped team and had good
sets against Brazil and Dominican Republic. Now we hope to
get our first victory tomorrow against Guatemala.”
Cuba trounced USA to win Pool A
Baja California.- Cuba trounced USA in consecutive sets and
qualified in first place in Pool A of the Women’s Volleyball
Pan American Cup. The three time Olympic Champions advanced
to the semifinal round after their triumph 25-17, 25-19,
25-15 in just 64 minutes of action. The victory gave the
Cubans a spot in the 2005 World Grand Prix. Yaima Ortiz and
Zoila Barros each had 13 points for Cuba and Yumilka Ruiz
scored 10. Ortiz and Barros had three aces apiece. For the
Americans, Nancy Metcalf had 12 points and Nnamani Ogonna
added 10. USA will meet Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals
while Brazil will face Canada in the other match on
Thursday. The same day Costa Rica and Guatemala will decide
the ninth position and Mexico will play Argentina for the
seventh spot. The teams will rest on Wednesday.
Dominican Republic tops Pool B
Dominican Republic finished in first place in Pool B of the
Women’s Pan American Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 (25-21,
25-18, 25-14).The victory secured the Dominicans a berth in
the semifinals and a ticket to the 2005 World Grand Prix.
They finished tied with Brazil and Puerto Rico in wins and
sets but edged Brazil by points ratio.
Dominicans won the first set with the killings of Kenia
Moreta and the serves by Priscila
Rivera and Annerys Vargas. In the second set, it was veteran
Cosiris Rodriguez who starred for the Dominicans with 10
powerful spikes. It was again the tandem of Moreta and
Rodriguez who provided the spark in the third.
Rodriguez had 19 points and Moreta followed with 17. Other
in double figures were Milagros Cabral and Annerys Vargas
with 12 and 10 respectively. Bibi Candelas scored 11 for
team came out determined to win and it showed on the court,”
said Jorge Garbey,
Brazil beat Costa Rica and is in 2005 WGP
Baja California.- Brazil defeated Costa Rica in straight
sets and finished with a 3-1 record in Pool B of the Pan
American Cup.The score was 25-12, 25-10, 25-20 and the
Brazilians qualified for the 2005 World Grand Prix, the
premier annual women’s event of the FIVB as the top team
from South America. Argentina, the other team from that
region did not advance to the second phase in Pool A.
Regiane Bidias, who scored 18 spikes, was the star for
Brazil in the first set when she seemed unstoppable at the
net while Suellje Oliveira, who finished with 17, sparked
the offense in the second. Verania Willis had 12 points for
Costa Rica, including nine in the third set.
Rodrigues, the captain of Brazil, said: “I suffered because
was not able to contribute because of my leg injury but
otherwise I feel happy with the result.”
Willis, the Costa Rica’s captain, said: “It is the first
time we have the chance to play against Brazil, a team of
high level. It was a great experience. I think that we
played better with every match.”
Argentina got its first victory
Baja California.- Argentina got its first victory in Pool A
of the Pan American Cup defeating Guatemala 3-0 (25-13,
The Argentineans finished with a 1-3 record
while Guatemala ended the preliminary phase with 0-4 and
will meet Costa Rica in the match for the 9 and 10
Georgina Pinedo and Carolina Morillas had 13
and 12 points respectively for Argentina while Melisa Callo,
Mirna Ansaldi and Ileana Leyendaker added 7 apiece.
Julian Burmester had 7 points for Guatemala.
Dominicans blanked Costa Rica
MEXICALI, Baja California.-
The Dominican Republic grabbed its second victory against
one loss in Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup in
defeating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-7, 25-22, 25-12) this Monday.
The Dominicans demolished its rivals in the first set with
their serves and blocking. Setter Juana Gonzalez had five
aces during a 10 point rally to end it. Costa Rica reacted
in the second but the more experienced Dominicans came from
behind with the blocks and spikes of Priscila Rivera.
Milagros Cabral led the Dominicans with 14 points, Rivera
added 12 and Kenia Moreta 10. Verania Willis had 13 for
Costa Rica.“I am more confident in this tournament as the
regular setter,” said Gonzalez.
Canada advance to quarterfinals
Baja California.- Canada secured a place in the
quarterfinals of the Women’s Pan American Cup with a 3-0
victory over Guatemala. The Canadians overmatched their
opponents and finished with a 2-2 record in Pool A
competition good for third place. The score was 25-13,
25-19, 25-14 in just 60 minutes. Lorne Sawula, the Canadian
coach, used all his players in the match and Emily Cordonier
and Melissa Raymond, two of the regulars, only played in the
third set. Tammy Mahon led the Canadians with 12 points and
Amy Tutt and Cheryl Stinson added 9 apiece. Ana Ramirez had
7 points for Guatemala.
Puerto Rico overcame Brazil
MEXICALI, Baja California.-
Puerto Rico overcame a one set deficit to
defeat Brazil 3-1 for its third victory against one loss in
Pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup. The score was 18-25,
25-20, 25-19, 25-19.
The triumph of Puerto Rico open the chance of
a three-way tie along with Dominican Republic and Brazil.
On Tuesday, the Dominicans have a match to play with Mexico
and Brazil meet Costa Rica.
The Girls From Brazil jumped to a fast start in the first
set and never looked back with the solid play of Suellje
Oliveira and Veronica Brito.
But the more veteran Puerto Ricans came back in the second
and third with Shanon Torregrosa providing strong spiking
Karina Ocasio, who played a key role in the fourth set
finished the match with a powerful spike.
USA keep perfect record
USA mantained a perfect record in three outings in the
Women’s Pan American Cup after sweeping Argentina in
straight sets. The Americans will face Cuba on Tuesday to
decide the winner of Pool A. The winner of each pool
automatically advance to the semifinal phase. The teams in
second and third place will play crossed matches in the
quarterfinals. The Americans did not have any trouble
against the Argentineans and won by score of 25-16, 25-22,
25-19. Nancy Metcalf and Ogonna Nnamani each had 11 points
for USA and Elisha Thomas added 8 in a well balance offense
that had Cynthia Barboza with 7 and Liz Bachman with 6. For
Argentina, Mirna Ansaldi had 10 points and Georgina Pacheco
Cuba displayed all its power
Baja California.- Cuba displayed all its power while
crushing Guatemala in consecutive sets by score of 25-6,
25-11, 25-5.The big and high leaping Cubans were almost
perfect in their attack and the small girls from Guatemala
were no match for the three time Olympic Champions.
Dulce Tellez led the Cubans with 15 points
and Dami Ramirez added 12. Tellez had success in 11 of 12
attacks, Ramirez was 8-for-13 and veteran Zoila Barros was
Cuba is now 3-0 in Pool A of this qualifier for the 2005
World Grand Prix, the premier annual women’s event of the
FIVB. They previously beat Canada and Argentina. They have a
rest day tomorrow and on Tuesday will face USA to probably
decide the winner of the group.
Rico got its second triumph
MEXICALI, Baja California.- Puerto Rico cruised to its
second victory in the Pan American Cup with an one sided
victory over Costa Rica 25-14, 25-14, 25-11. Alexandra
Oquendo and Yarleen Santiago had 11 points apiece for the
winners and Verania Willis also had 11 for Costa Rica. “It
was an important victory because take us near to our real
objective. Tomorrow we play against Brazil and we are
looking for a three way tie in this Pool B,” said Carlos
Nunez, the Puerto Rican coach. Yarleen Santiago, the captain
of Puerto Rico, said: “Our service was very effective and
gave them a lot of problems for the reception.”
Braulio Godinez, the Costa Rica coach, said: “During part of
the match we played evenly with Puerto Rico but their
service was a big difference.” Verania Willis, the captain
of Costa Rica, said: “Our goal was to play as best as
possible and make the lower number of mistakes. The
important thing is that we are learning from a group of
Canada take its first win
Baja California.- Canada obtained its first victory in Pool
A of the Pan American Cup defeating Argentina 3-0, and seems
a lock to advance to the next round of the competition. The
Canadians took losses in their first two outings against
Cuba and USA but tomorrow they are scheduled to face
Guatemala, considered the weakest team in the event. There
was a battle during the first two sets when the North
Americans prevailed 25-21, 25-22, but in the third Canada
won easily 25-16. The match lasted 1 hour and 13 minutes.
Emely Cordonier had 12 points for Canada and was escorted by
Lies Verhoeff with 11 and Bard Bellini with 10. Georgina
Pinedo led all the scorers with 16 points and Mirna Ansaldi
and Karina Pacheco had 8 apiece for Argentina.
Brazil keep an unbeaten record in Pool B
Baja California.- Brazil kept its unbeaten record (2-0) in
the Pan American Cup winning this Sunday in straight sets
over Mexico by score of 29-27, 25-13, 25-20. Regiane
Bidias’s attack was key in the victory of the Brazilians
scoring 19 points. She had 16 spikes in 29 attempts and
Thaisa Menezes had 13 points with Adenizia Silva scoring 10.
Yendy Cortinas and Bibi Candelas had 9 apiece for Mexico.
“The first set was decisive because gave us the
momentum,”said Antonio Rizola, the Brazilian coach. “Down
23-24, the two aces of Juliana Amaral coming of the bench
gave us new life.” “It was a very tense first set and we
couldn’t get that much needed point,” said Jorge Azair, the
coach of the host team. “The rest of the way, Brazil took
advantage of its blocking.”
Brazil pulled the first surprise in Pan American Cup
Baja California.- The young Brazilian team made its debut in
the Pan American Cup pulling the first major upset in Pool B
defeating the Dominican Republic 3-1.
The winners of the bronze medal in last year
U-18 Girls, came from one set down to beat the champions of
the 2003 Pan American Games by score of 21-25, 25-17, 25-21,
Veronica Brito was the best player for Brazil
with 18 points while being successful in 50 % of her attacks
(14-for-28). Regiane Bidias added 16 and Adenizia Silva had
11.Kenia Moreta had 20 points for the
Dominicans, including 18 spikes. Cosiris Rodriguez and
Annerys Vargas had 12 apiece and Milagros Cabral 10.“We have
a great respect for the Dominican team and the team was
nervous,” said Antonio Rizola, the Brazilian coach. “It was
not easy, but our serve and defense carried us.”
Cuba remains unbeaten in Pool A
Baja California.- Cuba remained unbeaten in Pool A of the
Pan American Cup after defeating Argentina in straight sets
on Saturday action.
The Argentineans fought hardly in the first
two sets before being edged by the veteran Cuban squad by
score of 25-21, 25-21, 25-15.
Veterans Zoila Barros and Yumilka Ruiz shared
the spotlight for the Cubans with 17 and 12 points
respectively and Martha Sanchez had 8.
For Argentina Mirna Ansaldi had 9 points and
Karina Pacheco chipped 8 and Viviana Dominko 7.
It was the first match for Argentina in this
qualifier for the 2005 World Grand Prix, the premier FIVB
annual event for women.
In their first outing on Friday, the Cubans
had no problem dispatching Canada in straight sets.
Three teams tied in Pool B
Baja California.- Puerto Rico got its first victory in the
Pan American Cup edging México in three sets by scores of
27-25, 25-21, 25-21. Both teams are tied with Dominican
Republic with record of 1-1 in Pool B while Brazil is 1/0.
Karina Ocasio and Aurea Cruz were the offensive leaders for
Puerto Rico with 16 and 15 points while Bibi Candelas and
Claudia Rodriguez starred for the host team with 14 an 12
respectively. “It was a very important win for us after the
loss of Dominican Republic to Brazil in the first match
today,” said Carlos Nunez, the new Puerto Rican coach. “Our
strong service was the key to avoid the attack of Mexican
middleblockers.” Jorge Azair blamed the loss to the lack of
training. “It was clear the lack of teamwork and our
reception was our main problem.” Yarleen Santiago, the
Puerto Rican captain, said: “It is a very important win and
now we can battle for the top two places in our pool.” Bibi
Candelas, the top Mexican player, said: “This volleyball is
different than the one I played at college level in the NCAA.
Is more physical but we have to continue playing hard and
improve from last year.”
USA is tied with Cuba after two matches
Baja California.- USA Women Team won their second match in
as many chances while beating Canada 3-0 in Pool A
competition of the Pan American Cup. The Americans had
defeated Guatemala on Friday while Canada suffered its
second consecutive loss after falling to Cuba in the opening
day. The defending champions of the Pan American Cup edged
their North American neighbors by score of 25-20, 25-16,
25-21. Nancy Metcalf was the top American scorer with 17
points and Elisha Thomas backed her with 14. Metcalf scored
in 13 of 23 spikes attempts and Thomas was 12-for-22. Emely
Cordonier was the best for the Canadians with 10 points.
Dominican Republic’s blocking
was the key against Puerto Rico
Baja California.- The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto
Rico 3-1 in the opening match of the Pan American Cup, a
qualifier for the 2005 World Grand Prix.
Dominicans, champions of the 2003 Pan Am Games, relied on a
strong blocking and held off a comeback of Puerto Rico to
prevail 25-18, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23.Veteran Cosiris Rodriguez
led four Dominican players in double figures with 17 points
followed by Milagros Cabral
15. Priscila Rivera, who had nine blocks, added 15 and Kenia
Moreta chipped 10.
Puerto Rican Karina Ocasio led all the scorers with 23
points and Aury Cruz added 13.
blocking was the key in the second set when she had six of
her nine, including four in a rally of seven consecutive
points.“We started with good rhythm in the first two sets
but suddenly the team stopped,” said Jorge Garbey, the
Dominican coach. “We gave a break to Puerto Rico with our
weak reception and they took advantage.”
Mexico cruised to an easy triumph over Costa Rica
Baja California.- Mexico, the host of the Pan American Cup,
started the competition with the right foot achieving an
easy win over Costa Rica in straight sets before 2,500
spectators. The score was 25-11, 25-9, 25-19. Before the
match, the official opening ceremony took place on the
presence of Mr. Eugenio Elorduy Walther, Governor of the
State of Baja California, and Mr. Cristobal Marte, President
of NORCECA Confederation. Bibi Candelas led the Mexican
attack with 19 points and Blanca Chan and Claudia Rodriguez
added 10 and 9 respectively. Verania Willis was the best of
Costa Rica with 11. “At the start my team was a little bit
under pressure and we faced some problems with our
reception,” said Jorge Azair, the Mexican coach. “But after
that we got in a groove and were able to dominate.”
Baja California.- Cuba, the three time Olympic defending
champions, defeated Canada 3-0 in the nightcap of the
opening day in Pool A of the Pan American Women’s Volleyball
Cup. Cuba, one of the favorites of this qualifier for the
2005 World Grand Prix, routed the Canadians by score of
25-15, 25-19, 25-17 in 69 minutes. Yumilka Ruiz and Yaima
Ortiz each scored 13 points and were very effective with
their spikes. Ortiz was successful in 10 of 18 attempts and
Ruiz in 12 out of 20. Zoila Barros added 9 points. Barb
Bellini was the best scorer for Canada with 11 points.
Baja California.- Defending champions USA had an easy first
match in the Pan American Cup crushing the young and
inexperienced team of Guatemala by score of 3-0 (25-10,
25-9, 25-12). The Americans dominated the match and the
Central American squad never was a rival on the court
during the 57 minutes of one-sided action. Liz Bachman led
the Americans with 16 points. She had 11 spikes out of 17
attempts and had five blocks. Elisha Thomas cooperated with
12 while American coach Kevin Hambly rotated all his players
and everyone had at least one point. Nancy Metcalf and
Cynthia Barboza chipped 6 apiece. The Americans play
tomorrow against Canada and Guatemala have a day of rest.
Everything is ready for the Pan
Baja California.- “Everything is ready” reads the headline
of La Cronica, one of the Mexicali newspapers, in reference
to the Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup that start on
Friday with ten teams from the Americas battling for four
tickets to the 2005 World Grand Prix.
USA, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Brazil,
four countries with berths for the Athens Olympics, are
considered the strongest in the field.
The Americans with a team that include such
stars as Heather Bown, Nancy Metcalf, and Danielle Scott,
finished in third place in the World Cup last November in
Japan. They are just coming from taking the silver medal in
the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland.
Cuba won the
NORCECA Confederation qualifier in Santo Domingo last
December and the Dominicans crushed their rivals in the
South American Qualifier in Caracas in January.
What the Pan American Cup coaches had to say
Lorne Sawula, head coach of Canada: “It is
very simple for us. In our case we are in a new situation.
This is a time to experiment. But we are here to play hard
and try to be in the top four.”
Rizola, head coach of Brazil: “It is very easy for us. Our
principal squad is now in Italy. We are here with a team
with girls not older than 18. We are aiming to finish ahead
of Argentina and make the next Grand Prix.”
Alejandro Arconada, head coach of Argentina: “We are going
to try to beat the Brazilians. This is a team formed not
long ago. We did not have enough time to prepare but I
promise that for the next Olympic cycle we will be battling
for one spot.”
George, head coach of Cuba: “This competition is another
step in our preparation for the 2004 Olympics. Specifically
we want to be in top four and maintain our participation in
the Grand Prix. We want to contribute to make this Pan
American Cup the biggest event in our continent.”
there are no small rivals
Baja California.- Bibi Candelas, the star of the México Team
in the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup hopes her team
can improve from the eight place of last year edition.
“There are no small rivals in the tournament because this is
a very important event,” said Candelas to La Voz de la
Frontera, about the event, a qualifier for the 2005 World
Grand Prix. “The team have not been together for a long
period but I hope that we can put in a good show,” she
added. Candelas, who is studying Communications in the
University of Southern California, is one of the tallest
player in the Pan American Cup with 1.96 meters. With a
strong performance from the Mexican athlete, USC won the
NCAA Championship for second consecutive year and as crowned
champions the team visited the White House and George W.
Bush, President of the United States of America. Mexico will
be one of the five teams in Pool A that also include
Dominican Republic, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. In
Pool B will be USA, Cuba, Canada, Argentina and Guatemala.
Mexico aiming to regain status as super power
is looking to regain the status as one of the stronger teams
in the NORCECA region as it was the case during the
seventies when they disputed the supremacy with the sides of
USA and Cuba. During the last Pan American Cup in Saltillo,
Mexico, the host team finished in a disappointing cellar
without victories to show despite the big support from the
crowd. Now in Baja California, the Mexicans hope to revert
the results of last year event won by the USA squad, with
Dominican Republic in second and Cuba in third place.
Bibiana Candelas is the biggest star of the Mexican starting
six. Candelas, who plays for the University of Southern
California, is the owner of powerful spikes and with her
1.96 meters she also is an intimidating blocker.
NORCECA ofrece pleno apoyo al Presidente
de Junio,2004, La
Confederación Norte Centroamericana y del Caribe de Voleibol
(NORCECA), presidida por el dominicano Sr. Cristobal Marte
Hóffiz y formada por 35 Federaciones Nacionales, expresó su
pleno apoyo a la decisión del Dr. Rubén Acosta Hernández de
renunciar como miembro del Comité Olímpico Internacional por
las razones explicadas por el Presidente de la FIVB en una
carta al Dr. Jacques Rogge, Presidente del COI.
“Queremos confirmar el respaldo unánime
de esta Confederación manifestado ampliamente durante el
pasado XXIX Congreso Mundial de la FIVB en Porto, Portugal,
donde nuevamente recibió usted la confianza y el apoyo en
forma unánime de las Federaciones Nacionales presentes,”
dijo Marte Hóffiz en una carta a Acosta. “Este es un
reconocimiento responsable, justo e imprescindible ante su
pasión y consagración por nuestra disciplina deportiva a
Tres equipos femeninos de NORCECA en mismo grupo
Grecia.- Los tres equipos femeninos de la Confederación
NORCECA jugarán en el mismo grupo durante los próximos
Juegos Olímpicos de Atenas, Grecia luego del sorteo de los
lotes llevado a cabo en las oficinas del Comité Olímpico
Helénico este lunes.El Sorteo de Lotes fue conducido por el
Coordinador de Eventos Deportivos de la FIVB Sr. Lance Kelly
en compañía del Secretario General Adjunto de la FIVB Sr.
Franz Schmied, el vicepresidente de la FIVB y
vicepresidente de la Federación Helénica de Voleibol Sr.
Theofanis Tsiokris, el Gerente General de ATENAS 2004 Sr.
Makis Assimakopoulos, el presidente de la Federación
Helénica de Voleibol Sr.
Athanasios Beligratis y el gerente de las
competencias de voleibol ATENAS 2004 Sr. Leonidas Karaiskos,
quienes determinaron el orden de los partidos en la Ronda
Preliminar tanto de las competencias de hombres y mujeres en
el Estadio Paz y Amistad.
NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualification
NORCECA Men - USA grab Olympic spot
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, January 10,
2004 - USA won a berth for the Athens Olympic Games after edging Cuba in a
five-set thriller at the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifier tournament 21-25,
25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 15-13 before about 2,500 fans.
NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualification news
NORCECA Men - Canada
wins bronze medal
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, January 10,
2004 - Canada recovered from a 1-2 deficit to edge Puerto Rico in five
thrilling sets 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 15-10 to finish in third place at
the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Puerto Rico.
NORCECA Men - USA
reach gold medal match
Puerto Rico, January 9, 2004 - Favourites USA moved one step closer to the
2004 Olympic Games by sweeping Canada 27-25, 27-25, 25-16 in a well-contested
semifinal at the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico on
Friday night. Reid Priddy scored a match-high 16 points and Ryan Millar
added 15 as Team USA maintained their unbeaten run at the tournament with a
perfect 5-0 record. "It was a traditional match well fought against Canada,"
USA captain Lloyd Ball said. "I think we made the necessary adjustments in
our service and receiving to win the match".
Pic: Clayton Stanley and Thomas Hoff block Canada's Terence Martin
Cuba to face USA in
decider for Athens
Puerto Rico, January 9, 2004 - Cuba advanced to the gold medal match and the
chance of a place in Athens after defeating Puerto Rico 3-1 in the second
semifinal at the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament before more
than 4,000 fans. The attack of Tomas Aldazabal and Osmay Juantorena was the
key for the Cubans in the first set and second sets. The host Puerto Ricans
were ahead 21-18 in the second, but the more experienced Cubans came back to
erase the deficit and prevailed.
Pic: Cuba's Pavel Pimenta spikes into Rodriguez
USA finish with
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, January 8,
2003 – Tournament favourites USA finished the preliminary round of the
NORCECA Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico without tasting
the bitterness of a loss after blanking the home side in just over an hour
25-18, 25-17, 25-17 for their fourth win of the tournament.
Cuba finish second and eliminate Mexico in process
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, January 8,
2004 - The national team of Cuba completed an excellent performance in the
preliminary round of the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament with a
comfortable 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory over Mexico.
Cuba beat Puerto
Rico before big crowd
Puerto Rico, January 7, 2003 - In the big match of the day for local fans
Cuba beat Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-23) in front of a sell
out crowd at the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico.
More than 6,000 "aficionados" saw the Cubans prevail to improve its record
to two wins and one defeat for the tournament while Puerto Rico now sit at
Pic: Cuban Tomas Aldzabal spikes over the block of Puerto Rican Hector
unbeaten with Canadian victory
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico, January 7, 2003 - USA survived two high pressure sets
but kept their unbeaten record at the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifying
tournament in Puerto Rico with a straight sets defeat of Canada (27-25,
30-28, 25-21) in 83 minutes on Wednesday.The Americans have now won all
three of their matches and are favourites to claim the Olympic ticket to
Athens while Canada are now 1-3 and must wait until Thursday to know if
their qualification hopes are still alive. In a match typical of the arch
rivalry between the two neighbouring countries the first two sets were a
battle of the strongest with the lead changing several times, before, once
again, the Canadians had problems in executing key plays when it mattered
most. In the third set the Americans dominated with Tom Hoff leading their
big blockers to record the victory.
Canada finally collect first win
Puerto Rico, January 6, 2004 - After two successive defeats Canada finally
managed to establish its overall game to record it's first win at the
NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19)
victory over Mexico in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Stelio DeRocco, the Canadian
coach, used only a limited group of his players and they dominated from the
start with effective blocking and good offensive combinations to blank the
Mexicans. "We were in a must win situation and we were able to establish our
game right from the very beginning," DeRocco said. "Now we have to
concentrate on the match against USA in what will be a big match as both
squads know each other very well".
Pic: Canadian libero Lucas Snider receives against Mexico
Puerto Rico, January 6, 2004 - USA defeated Cuba 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 23-25,
25-22) in a so called "NORCECA Classic" for its second victory in as many
outings in the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Puerto Rico on
Tuesday. In a preview of the likely "final" on Saturday both teams exhibited
good blocking ability and offensive power and as both teams are considered
as the favorites for the ticket to Athens 2004, Tuesday's win was a great
fillip for USA.
Pic: Erik Sullivan was the star for USA at libero
Puerto Rico's Soto
Puerto Rico, January 5, 2004 - A stunning 28-point haul from Hector Soto
helped hosts Puerto Rico fight back from one set down to beat Canada 3-1
(23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21) to even up their record after two days of
action in the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifier in Caguas. Soto, who had 35
points one day earlier against Mexico, was instrumental in the victory being
Puerto Rico's main offensive weapon and thanks to contributions from Ossie
Antonetti (15), Victor Rivera (11) and Ariel Rodriguez (10) Puerto Rico
wrapped up their first win of the tournament in 112 minutes.
Pic: Canadian libero Lucas Snider receives
NORCECA Men - USA
beat Mexico in straight sets
Puerto Rico, January 5.- The United States received the perfect work out as
coach Doug Beal used all his players in a comfortable straight sets (28-26,
25-14, 25-18) victory over Mexico in the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifying
tournament in Puerto Rico on Monday. Clayton Stanley and Riley Salmon
contributed 10 points apiece as the Americans registered their first win
over the tournament courtesy of some excellent blocking. Captain Lloy Ball
and Ryan Miller made four and three blocks respectively in a grand team
total of 14 for the match.
Pic: USA captain Lloy Ball questions a referee's call against Mexico
Cuba start on the
Puerto Rico, January 4, 2004 - Cuba opened the NORCECA Men's Olympic
Qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico with a powerful 3-1 defeat of Canada
overcoming some strong resistance from the North Americans before running
out winners 26-24, 25-22, 16-25, 30-28. The potent attack of the islanders
was devastating against a Canadian team with great blocking ability. Canada
battled strongly but could not get the key points. "Tonight Cuba was almost
perfect and we could not deliver in the important moments," said Stelio
DeRocco, the Canadian coach. "Now we have to concentrate on the match
against Puerto Rico. The tournament is just beginning and losing the first
game is not a sign of elimination, there is still everything to play for
right up to the last day."
Pic: Cuban Tomas Aldazabal was great against Canada
five-setter over Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, January 4, 2004 - The combined offense of Ivan Contreras and
Jose Luis Martell gave Mexico a spectacular five set victory over Puerto
Rico on the first day of the NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifier in Puerto Rico.
Contreras and Martell scored 21 and 20 points respectively to lead Mexico to
a satisfying 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13 win. "This one was very
similar to the match we had in the last NORCECA Championship in Culiacan,"
said Contreras, the Mexican captain. "The two teams play with a lot of
intensity and we play very hard against each other. I think today we had
more gas at the end."
Pic: Puerto Rico and Mexico (white) in action
Gearing Up for Olympic Qualifier
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
December 24, 2003 - The USA men's national Volleyball team will start the
new year with its second chance to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece. Team USA, which narrowly missed qualifying in November by
finishing fourth at the World Cup in Japan (the top three teams-Brazil,
Italy and Serbia and Montenegro-all earned early tickets to Athens), has two
more opportunities to reach Greece.
NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualification
Cuba is once again in the Olympics
21, 2003 - Cuba joined China, Brazil, United States and Greece as one of the
women's teams already with a berth in the next Olympic Games after trouncing
Dominican Republic in straight sets 25-18, 25-18, 25-11 in just over an hour.
It was an artistic and powerful performance from the three-time Olympic
champions and there was no doubt which team was the best one on court.
Veterans Zoila Barros and Yumilka Ruiz collected 15 and 14 points
respectively and emerging stars Nancy Carrillo and Yaima Ortiz scored nine
points apiece. For the Dominicans, Kenia Moreta and Milagros Cabral
registered nine apiece.
Pic: Yumila Ruiz lifts the trophy that sends Cuba to Athens
the bronze medal
December 21, 2003 - Canada won the
bronze medal of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualifier defeating Puerto Rico
in consecutive sets 25-15, 25-20, 25-15 on Sunday.
Dominican Republic and Cuba go for the gold
December 20, 2003 - Dominican
Republic will face Cuba in the gold medal match of the NORCECA Women’s
Olympic Qualifier on Sunday after defeating Canada in straight sets 25-23,
25-21, 25-20 on Saturday.
Cuba one step away
December 20, 2003 - Three time Olympic
champions Cuba advanced to the gold medal match and one step away from the
Athens Olympic Games with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-11 ) victory over
Puerto Rico on Sunday.
Cuba had an easy
victory over Dominican Republic
Domingo, December 18, 2003 - Cuba had an easy victory over Dominican
Republic and looks ready to take the first place in the preliminary phase of
the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualifier. The Cubans won by a score of 25-17,
25-16, 25-14 and will entertain Mexico on Friday, the weakest team in the
Match Results and Standings
Cubans Yaima Ortiz and Zoila Barros block
Dominican Kenia Moreta
Puerto Rico defeats Mexico
Santo Domingo, December 18, 2003 - Puerto Rico took an important step
towards the semifinal round with a victory in consecutive sets over Mexico,
who still have to win its first match. The score was 25-19, 25-20,
25-21.Puerto Rico, who is now 1-2, had to come from six points back in the
third set (13-19) to close the match. With the score evened at 19, Karina
Ocasio scored three consecutive spikes to give her side room to breath.
Match Results and Standings
Dominican Republic maintains a perfect record
Domingo, December 17, 2003 - The Dominican Republic kept its perfect record
in the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualifier with a 3-0 victory over Puerto
Rico. The score was 25-22, 25-21, 25-20. Cosiris Rodriguez and Yudelkis
Bautista were the best players for the host squad who faces Cuba on Thursday.
The Cubans had a rest day.The veteran Rodriguez closed the first set with a
couple of cannon shots and was succesful in 13 of 20 attempts finishing with
14 points. Bautista had 12 points.
Dominican's celebrate after their victory over Puerto Rico
Match Results and Standings
Canada got its first triumph
Domingo, December 17, 2003 - Canada had a game of peaks and valleys but
found the way to defeat Mexico in consecutive sets for its first victory in
the NORCECA’s Women Olympic Qualifier keeping alive the chances to make the
semifinal phase. The Canadians had to overcome a 23-20 deficit in the first
set to prevail 27-25. The North Americans came back strong in the second set
that saw them overmatch the Mexicans 25-8. More
Match Results and Standings Pic:
Young Yarimar Rosa spiking against Canada
Dominicans tie with Cuba in first place
Domingo, December 17, 2003 - The Dominican Republic got its second victory
in as many days tying with Cuba in the first place of the NORCECA Women's
Olympic Qualifier. The host team came back from one set down to beat Canada
3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20).“We played with a lot of up and downs but
made the good plays at the right time,” said Jorge Garbey, the Dominican
coach. “After the first set, we established the tempo of the match and our
blocking was also a factor.”
Match Results and Standings Pic:
Dominican Yudelkis Bautista spikes
and Ruiz led Cuban victory over Puerto Rico
Santo Domingo, December 16, 2003 - Veterans Zoila Barros and Yumilka Ruiz
led Cuba in its victory over Puerto Rico 3-0 to keep an unbeaten record in
two outings during the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualifier in Santo Domingo.
Barros had 15 points and Ruiz 12 with a display of powerful services and
spikes as the Cubans overwhelmed the Puerto Ricans with a score of 25-18,
25-18, 25-20. Yaima Ortiz and Nancy Carrillo added 9 and 9 points
Dominicans dominate Mexico
Domingo, December 16, 2003 - The Dominican Republic crushed Mexico 3-0 in
the nightcap of the opening day of the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualifier. It
was a powerful show from the host team considered to be the toughest rival
for the favorite Cubans. The score was 25-17, 25-16, 25-8 and the match
lasted only 58 minutes.“Our team has been training very well and has
improved a lot in the tactic and defensive game and we hope to keep
improving,” said Jorge Garbey, the Dominican coach.
Pic: Dominican Kenia
Moreta attacks the Mexican wall.
Cuba takes the first step to
Domingo, December 16, 2003 - Cuba took the first step toward Athens with a
3-1 victory over Canada in the opening match of the NORCECA Women's Olympic
Qualifier in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Yumilka Ruiz, Zoila Barros,
Nancy Carrillo and Yaima Ortiz all scored in double figures as the three-time
Olympic Champions defeated the Canadians by score of 25-18, 25-14, 24-26,
25-19.Ruiz had 16 points, and Carrillo and Barros scored 15 apiece while
Ortiz contributed with 10. “I am satisfied with the victory,” said Luis
Felipe Calderon, the Cuban coach.
Match Results and Standings Pic: Cuba take one step closer to Athens
Puerto Rico with a mix of veterans and rookies
December 15, 2003 - Puerto Rico is entering
the December 15, 2003 - Norceca Women´s Olympic Qualifier Tournament with a
mix of veteran and rookie players like captain and setter Xiomara Molero,
32, and Yarimar Rosa, who at 15 is the youngest athlete in the event that
quicks off today. “The tournament marks the come back to the national team
of Eva Cruz and I hope she can compensate the absence of Aury Cruz, who is
taking part in the finals of the NCAA in the United States,” said David
Aleman, the Puerto Rican coach.
Match Results and Standings
Canada ready for the challenge
15, 2003 - Lorne Sawula, the Canadian coach, knows that his team has a
distant chance of qualifying for the Olympic Games, but he is not about to
close the door on the possibility.“We are looking forward to our final
chance to qualify for the Olympics and we are here with the same team that
finished fourth in the Norceca Championship,” said Sawula. “I know that Cuba
is the team to beat and the rest are more or less in the same league,” he
Pic:Lorne Sawula with his team at the 2003 World Grand Prix.
Match Results and Standings
Garbey thinks Dominicans have to play great to beat Cuba
14, 2003 - Jorge Garbey, the Dominican coach, says Cuba is the team to beat
in the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualifier and he thinks his squad has the
tools to fulfill the task. “Cuba is the favorite in this tournament and we
would have to play a great game to beat them,” said Garbey of Cuban
nacionality. “But we have done it before and we can do it again. The team
has been training hard and is in good shape.”
Pic: Bautista Yudelkys (DOM) attacks against Munoz Barros and Ortiz
Calderon optimistic about Cuba’s chances in Norceca Women’s event
13, 2003 - Cuba is the heavy favorite to win the Norceca Women’s Olympic
Qualifier and coach Luis Felipe Calderon pronounced his squad as ready to
make it to Athens. The tournament will be played in Santo Domingo starting
this Monday 15 with teams also from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and
Dominican Republic.“We know that there are some good teams here but we are
prepared to win the tournament and the right to be one of the twelve teams
in the Olympic Games,” said Calderon.
Pic:Luis Felipe Calderon is optimistic about Cuba's chances for
qualifying to Athens.
NORCECA Olympic Qualifier
ready to start
December 12, 2003 - The NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualifier Tournament in
Santo Domingo is ready to start with five teams from the region battling
before the Christmas holidays for the most precious gift: A trip to Athens.
Squads from Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic will
play in a round robin format (December 15-21), with the top four teams
qualifying for the semifinal round.
Continental Olympic Qualification
November 27, 2003 - Taking into consideration that
the qualification of the Brazilian women's team has left only three teams to
participate in the South American qualification tournament, the FIVB has
proposed that the South American Confederation, with the agreement of
NORCECA, choose one of the following two solutions, both in accordance with
the FIVB and Olympic Regulations:
World Cup Countdown
USA Women Beat Brazil
in Texas Tour Finale
Texas, October 4, 2003 – After dropping the first three matches of a four-match
Texas Tour against Brazil, the United States Women's Volleyball team won the
finale 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-15, 25-20) in Burleson on Saturday. Tayyiba
Haneef scored a match-high 18 points in the victory as Team USA improved to
21-12 and won its final match before the World Cup begins on Nov. 1.
Pic: USA celebrate winning the last of the four encounters with Brazil
October 3, 2003 –
USA Women Lose Third-Straight to Brazil
October 1, 2003 –
Brazil Defeats USA Women for Second Straight Night
September 30, 2003 –
USA Women fall to Brazil in
Texas Tour Opener
September 26, 2003 -
USA to battle Brazil in World
September 4, 2003 -
USA Women to play Brazil across four matches
NORCECA Men's Championship
USA wins Norceca title 3-1
Sept 30, 2003-
USA has defeated Canada 3-1
to seal the Norceca Men's Continental Championship title to secure places in
the World Cup in Japan, the first Olympic qualifier.
Story by Lissette Ricardo
September 29, 2003
USA and Canada secure World Cup Berths
September 28, 2003 -
Mexico & Cuba join Canada & USA in semifinals
27, 2003 -
Canada and USA win Group Tables
September 26, 2003
USA heads for advancement
September 25, 2003 -
Cuba and USA start with victories
September 24, 2003 -
USA first to arrive in Mexico
September 24, 2003 -
Seven Teams to do battle
September 16, 2003 -
counting down to Championship
NORCECA Women's Championship
Yumilka Ruiz elected the MVP
Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sept 19, 2003 - Cuban Yumilka Ruiz, a veteran
of eight years in her national team, was elected the MVP of the Norceca's
Women Continental Championship that finished on Friday with a victory for
USA over Cuba in the gold medal match. Americans Prikeba Phipps and Robyn Ah
Mow-Santos, were selected as best attacker and setter, while Toshi Yoshida
received the trophy as best coach.
Pic: Logan Tom flies to attack against the Cuban defense
Sept 18, 2003 -
USA wins gold Cuba & Dom Republic follow
Sept 18, 2003 -
Cuba and USA qualify for the World Cup
Sept 17, 2003 -
Cuba and Canada move to semifinals
Sept 16, 2003 -
USA book semifinal spot with win over Cuba
Sept 15, 2003 -
Dominican Republic edge out Canada
Sept 14, 2003 -
Dominican Republic overcome Puerto Rico
Sept 14, 2003 –
Mexico’s Withdrawal Postpones Start for USA
Sept 13, 2003 -
Continental Championship start Sunday
Sept 12, 2003 -
Canada Women’s team departs for NORCECA
Sept 9, 2003 –
USA Roster announced for Women’s NORCECA Zone
USA Men to play
two more intrasquad matches
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo, September 11, 2003 – The
USA men’s national Volleyball team will hold two intrasquad games in
Colorado Springs next week on September 16 and September 18 as they build up
for one of their biggest tournaments of the year, the NORCECA Zone
Championships later this month.
USA Men to Play Intrasquad
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo,
September 4, 2003 - The USA men's national Volleyball team will hold an
intrasquad match in Colorado Springs on Thursday, September 11 at the United
States Olympic Training Center to prepare for the Norceca Continental
Championships, which start on September 25 in Mexico.
Volleyball Mourns Loss of Former President
29, 2003 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wilbur Herbert Peck, a long-time member
of the United States Volleyball Association and president of the
organization from 1971-79, passed away on Aug. 27 in Indianapolis, Ind.,
after a long illness. He was 73.
Second-Ranked USA Women to Play Intrasquad Match
29, 2003 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA women's national volleyball
team, ranked No. 2 in the world, will hold an intrasquad scrimmage in
Colorado Springs on Tuesday, which will be open to the public at the United
States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. All of the program's top
players, including past Olympians Logan Tom, Danielle Scott, Keba Phipps,
Heather Bown, Stacy Sykora and Robyn Ah Mow, will take part in the scrimmage.
Fans will also have a chance to see up-and-coming players like Tayyiba
Haneef, Nancy Metcalf, Wiz Bachman and Elisha Thomas.
Pic: USA's Nancy Metcalf attacking against Russia during the 2003
World Grand Prix
Gimmillaro to Receive USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award
28, 2003 - LONG BEACH, Calif. – Brian Gimmillaro, long-time head coach of
the Long Beach State women's volleyball team, will be honored on Saturday
with the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award.
Pan American Games - Volleyball (scroll down for
Bautista euphoric after election as MVP
Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 16 2003 - Dominican Yudelkis Bautista
was euphoric after her election as the Most Valuable Player of the Pan
American Games women’s volleyball tournament. "I have been working so hard
for many years and it is the first time I get this type of recognition,"
said the 194 cm-tall player. "I would like to dedicate this award to the
fans, especially my mother, my sisters and my daughter."
"I am feeling great physically with tremendous strength to do my job," said
Bautista who finished the competition with 84 points second only to USA’s
Nicole Branagh who scored a total of 87 points. Other Dominicans among the
top players of the tournament were Cosiris Rodriguez as best defense and
reception, Annerys Vargas as best service and blocker, and libero Evelyn
Carrera. Elisabeth Fitzgerald of USA was elected the best setter and Cuban
Nancy Carrillo was the best attacker.
Dominican Republic wins Pan Am gold in
Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug 16, 2003 – In a giant-killer final for the
gold medal match in women’s Volleyball at the Pan Am Games, the Dominican
Republic scored a huge victory against Cuba to claim their first-ever
Volleyball medal from this prestigious international event.
Illustrating the meaning of such a victory to the Caribbean country, the
start of the match, that finally fell their way 3-2 (25-16, 25-17, 14-25,
26-28, 15-13), the start of the match was delayed for about 30 minutes while
police dispersed thousands of fans trying to cram into the already packed
Spanish Pic: The Dominican team celebrate with their gold medals
Venezuela’s Harry Gomez MVP at Pan Am Tournament
Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 16, 2003 - Venezuela’s
Harry Gomez was the happiest player on the court at the end of the Pan
Am Games Volleyball tournament, taking home not only the gold medal, but
also to be honored by being named “Most Valuable Player” after his team
pulled off a sensation in the final, beating Cuba.
“To be named Most Valuable Player after winning the god medal is the icing
on the cake, you can not ask for more,” Gomez said. He added that the team
hard preparing for the Pan Am Games and he had told his teammates before the
final that they 'still had one match to win'. “We went to the court to play
as hard as we could and the outcome was that we won the gold medal. It is
the first medal in the history of Venezuela in Pan Am Games and we won it
through the work of the whole team,” Gomez said.
Venezuela defeats Cuba for first ever Pan Am Games Medal for the country
Domingo, Aug. 16, 2003 - Venezuela gave Cuba a lesson of
good volleyball and dominated in straight sets the defending champions of
men's volleyball in the Pan American Games with score of 25-23, 25-18,
Harry Gomez, who led all the scorers in the tournament with 105 points,
combined with Thomas Ereu with 14 points apiece in leading the new
champions. Earlier, world champions Brazil won the
bronze medal with a straight sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-20) against the USA.
Cuba was ahead 23-22 thanks to a smash of Tomas Aldzabal, but Venezuela came
back on the shoulders of Gomez, who scored the last three points with cannon
Pic: Venezuela players celebrate with their national flag
USA Men, to Battle
Brazil for Pan American Bronze
Dominican Republic, August 14, 2003 – After a disappointing loss to Cuba in
the Pan American Games men’s Volleyball semifinals on Wednesday, Team USA
are preparing for Friday's bronze medal match against the world’s No. 1 team
Brazil in the Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park.
Republic versus Cuba in women's
gold medal match
14, 2003 - An inspirational haul of 21 points from Yudelkis Bautista led the
Dominican Republic’s women's team to the gold medal match against Cuba on
Saturday after defeating Brazil 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-13)
before a packed house of more than 6,000 fans on Thursday. In the earlier
semifinal, Cuba beat USA in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-21).
The victory ensured the Dominican Republic would win their first ever medal
in the Volleyball competition at the Pan American Games.
Spanish Pic: The Dominican Republic celebrate reaching the
Women fall to Cuba in Semifinals
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic,
August 14, 2003 – Cuba blazed its way into the women’s Volleyball gold medal
match at the Pan American Games with a 3-0 sweep of the USA women’s national
Volleyball training team at the Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park on
Venezuela pull of
major upset defeating Brazil in semifinals
13, 2003 - Venezuela pulled off the shock of the men’s Volleyball tournament
at the Pan American Games on Wednesday with a stunning 3-2 win over the
World Champions Brazil in the semifinals to advance to the gold medal match
against Cuba on Friday. Venezuela came back from 2-1 down to secure its
first medal ever in Pan Am Games Volleyball. The final score was 25-20,
19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12. Meanwhile, Cuba edged USA 3-2 (22-25, 25-19,
17-25, 25-23, 15-8) in the other semifinal.
Pic: In a duel of captains, Brazil's Nalbet spikes against Venezuela's
USA Men Lose
semifinal to Cuba
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic –
Yassel Portuondo scored a team-high 17 points to lead four players in double
figures as Cuba overcame a 2-1 deficit after three sets to defeat the U.S.
men’s national Volleyball team, 3-2, in the Pan American Games semifinals on
Cuba Poses Big
Challenge for USA in Women's Semifinals
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic; August 13, 2003 – Thursday’s Pan American
Games women's Volleyball semifinal pits three-time defending Olympic gold
medalist Cuba against the U.S at the Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park in
a match which will determine which team will play for Pan American Gold on
USA Men ready for semifinal
August 12, 2003 - SANTO DOMINGO,
Dominican Republic – The wait is almost over for the U.S. men’s national
volleyball team at the XIV Pan American Games.
and USA book women's semifinal spots
11, 2003 - The Dominican Republic and USA both confirmed their spots in the
semifinals of the Women´s tournament on Monday after victories over Puerto
Rico and Venezuela respectively. The Dominicans edged Puerto Rico in four
emotional sets and will now meet Brazil on Thursday while the Americans, who
outlasted Venezuela in straight sets, will face Cuba. Brazil and Cuba sealed
their semifinal spots on Saturday. In an excellent on court tussle the
Dominican Republic won the first two sets 25-23, 25-22 before Puerto Rico
came back to take the third 25-18.
Pic: Dominican Republic's Yudelkis Bautista spikes against Puerto Rico
Volleyball semifinalists confirmed
10, 2003 - Cuba will face USA and Venezuela will meet Brazil in the
semifinals of the Pan American Volleyball men’s tournament following their
respective victories over the Dominican Republic and Canada. Cuba beat the
Dominican Republic 3-1 ( 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11) while Venezuela scored
a straight sets victoy over Canada. “We were prepared for a much tougher
match,” said Eliseo Ramos, the Cuban coach. “I think the way we won the
first set calmed down the crowd.” Now we are going against United States and
our goal is to win that match and play for the gold medal,” he added. “My
team needs titles,” said Ramos. “It is a young squad that is coming off a
tough World League campaign and need to accomplish some motivation goals.”
Pic: Ariel Gil of Cuba hammers past Wagner de Leon as Osmany
USA Women ready for
Dominican Republic, August 10, 2003 – Following a three-day break the USA
women’s national Volleyball training team returns to action on Monday night
at the Pan American Games with a quarterfinal showdown against Venezuela.
Volleyball resumes Sunday with quarterfinals
August 09, 2003 - The Volleyball
tournament of the Pan American Games resumes this Sunday with the
quarterfinals matches where Venezuela will meet Canada and Cuba faces
Dominican Republic in men’s action.
Brazil's easy victory over Cuba wraps up
08, 2003 - Brazil took another step toward the
gold medal in the men’s Volleyball competition at the Pan American Games
crushing Cuba 3-0 with a display of talent, ability and experience.
The World Champions cruised through the first two sets dominating the Cubans
25-14, 25-17 before the defending champions presented some resistance in the
final set but couldn’t overcome the big hurdle of beating the champions of
the World League who prevailed 29-27. “Brazil was very tough today and my
players looked tense for the first two sets,” said Eliseo Ramos, the Cuban
coach. “In the third set they were more relaxed and played better Our goal
now is to come back and play Brazil again for the gold but first we have to
beat a couple of teams.”
Pic: In women's action Cuba's Liana Mesa and Zoila Barros attempt to
stop Yudelkis Bautista from the Dominican Republic
Men’s team confirm semifinals spot
07, 2003 - The US Men’s national team advanced unbeaten to the semifinals of
the Pan American Games’ Volleyball tournament after defeating Venezuela in a
tough five set battle 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 13-25, 15-10 on Thursday.
After wining the first two sets, the Americans could only watch as Venezuela
made a sensational comeback to tie the score at two sets apiece in what has
been the best match of the competition so far. However, USA's big match
temperament came to the fore in the tie breaker has they sealed the set and
the match by five points to finish with a 3-0 record in Pool A.
Gabriel Gardner attacks against Venezuela
Yudelkys Bautista carries Dominican
Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 6, 2003 - Yudelkys Bautista carried the
Dominican Republic women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18)
victory over Venezuela in the Pan American Games scoring 13 points from 12
spikes while Annerys Valdez had 12 for the local side 2-0 in the Preliminary
Round in Pool B. "I saw the team playing better volleyball tonight," said
Dominican coach Jorge Garbey. "It was stronger and faster." Of the slender,
193cm Bautista he said: "Every team has a player like that who takes charge
in the crucial moments. She did it tonight." "I am very happy with my
performance tonight," said Bautista. "I got more involved in the match and
the ball was falling in the other side."
Bautista goes up for the Dominican Republic
Peru score a major
upset over Brazil
August 05, 2003 - The Peruvian
women's team, courtesy of two stunning performances from Milagros Moy and
Leyla Chihuan pulled off a major upset in defeating Brazil in five-sets
25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 15-25, 15-5 on Tuesday.
Help USA Men Sweep Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic,
August 05, 2003 – The USA men’s national volleyball team improved to 2-0 in
Pan American Games pool play with 3-0 win over the Dominican Republic at the
Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park Tuesday night.
Barbados in less than one hour
August 05, 2003 - The Venezuelen
men's national team had an easy afternoon crushing Barbados 3-0 (25-13,
25-21, 25-18) in just 58 minutes to keep its unbeaten record in two outings.
USA Women stun
Puerto Rico in Five Sets
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic,
August 05, 2003 – The USA women’s national volleyball training team refused
to give up and was rewarded with a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over
Puerto Rico in Pan American Games pool play at the Pabellon de Voleibol at
Olympic Park on Tuesday afternoon.
August 05, 2003 - The Dominican Republic women's team, one of the favorites
to win a medals, beat Mexico on Tuesday in an easy 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-18)
affair before a crowded stadium that included the vice president of the
country Milagros Ortiz Bosch.
Cuba women outclass
August 04, 2003 - The Cuban women's
national team scored an easy 3-0 (25-16, 25-27, 25-17) victory over
Venezuela who are making their debut in the Pan American Games.
Brazilian men's team
start on the right foot
August 04, 2003 - World champions Brazil, newly crowned as kings of the
World League, took the first step toward another milestone after defeating
Canada 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 27-25) at the Pan American Games with captain
Nalbert Bitencourt and big Rodrigo Santana at the helm.
Cuba defeats Puerto
August 04, 2003 - Cuba defeated
Puerto Rico 3-1 (31-29, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17) in the men's competition of the
Pan American Games confirming its condition as a giant in the continent. The
first set was a tough battle from the very beginning with strong offense
from Cuba's Yasser Portuondo. With the score tied at 29-all following a big
spike from Puerto Rica's Hector Soto, the serve of Rene Estevez landed in
the net and Javier Gonzalez followed up with his second ace to finish the
Venezuela wins five-set
thriller over Dominicans
August 3, 2003- Harry Gomez
was instrumental in a five-setter thriller where Venezuela edged the
Dominican Republic 3-2 in the nightcap match of the inaugural event of men’s
Volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games.
Brazil crush USA in
August 3, 2003 - After overcoming a
tough opening set the Brazilian women's team cruised to a 3-0 (30-28, 25-13,
25-18) win over USA in Pool A of the Pan American Games. The first set was a
grueling fight, which typified the nature of this competition, before Brazil
had three match points , one of which was used when a floating service from
setter Danielle Lins provoked a mistake in USA reception.
August 3, 2003 -
USA beat Barbados in Men's competition
August 3, 2003 -
USA Men Open Pan Am Games with Barbados
August 3, 2003 -
USA Women Draw Brazil in opener
August 1, 2003 -
to pronounce the Pan
August 1, 2003 -
Puerto Rico meets Peru in opener at Pan Am Games
July 29, 2003 -
USA names Men’s Pan American Games team
July 28, 2003 -
Cuba aim to maintain Pan Am Games dominance
July 25, 2003
USA Volleyball names 2003 Women’s Pan American Games
July 22, 2003 -
Brazil head to Games as absolute favorite
July 21, 2003 -
Puerto Rico ready for battle
15, 2003 -
Cuba's Cabral sees tight contest ahead
Pan American Cup
USA is the new Pan
Team is the new Pan American Champion after defeating the Dominican Republic
in straight sets in the gold medal match. Cuba won the bronze medal by
beating Brazil also in consecutive sets. The newly crowned Americans
overpowered their rivals 25-20, 25-18, 25-19, while Cuba had to battle the
Brazilians in the third set finally winning 25-16, 25-19, 32-30.
Story, Roosevelt Comarazamy, Norceca Confederation Press Officer. Pic:
Logan Tom drives home a spike on the way to USA gold.
July 5, 2003-Dominican
Republic advance to final
July 4, 2003-Dominican
Republic & Brazil into semis
July 2, 2003 -USA
and Cuba into Semifinals
July 2, 2003 -Venezuela
and Brazil meet in q-finals
July 1, 2003-Cuba
survives against Mexico
July 1, 2003-Dominicans
start with style in Mexico
June 30, 2003-Pan
American Cup starts on Monday
June 27, 2003-Yumilka
Ruiz leads Cuba in Pan Am Cup
June 27, 2003-Puerto
Rico with high hopes for Saltillo
June 26, 2003-Mexico
ready for Pan Am Cup
June 26, 2003-America's
fight to make 2004 Grand Prix
June 26, 2003-USA
Women Depart for Pan Am Cup
Republic advance to final
Republic edged Cuba in a thrilling five-setter advancing to the gold medal
match against USA in the Women's Pan American Cup being played in Saltillo,
Mexico. The Dominicans came from behind to erase a 0-2 deficit and won an
agonizing tie-breaker 17-15 before an almost capacity crowd that clearly was
in favor of the Cubans. The score was 24-26, 23-25, 25-25-21, 25-16, 17-15.
Pic: Dominican team celebrate entry into finals. Story, Roosevelt
Comarazamy, Norceca confederaiton Press Office
USA Men Beat Canada for Seventh-Straight
Manitoba, Canada – Riley Salmon scored 16 points to lead four players in
double figures as the U.S. men's national volleyball team defeated Canada in
five sets Thursday night at the University of Manitoba' Investors Group
Athletic Centre. br> Salmon (League City, Texas) had 12 kills, three blocks
and one service ace in the 25-18, 15-25, 25-21, 30-32, 15-9 win, the finale
of a three- match series between the two teams.
The United States won all three matches, winning in five sets on Monday July
14 and in three sets last night.
out on Berth to 2004 World Grand Prix
Winnipeg, Canada, July 4,
2003 - Canada's National Women’s Volleyball Team took on 15th ranked
Dominican Republic last night at the Pan American Cup in Saltillo, Mexico
with hopes of making it to the top four of the tournament and a spot at the
2004 World Grand Prix, until a straight sets 21-25, 20-25, 15-25d efeat at
the hands of the Dominican Repubic shattered their hopes.
Dominican Republic and Brazil into the semis
4 Dominican Republic and Brazil booked places in next year World Grand Prix
by advancing to the semifinal phase in the Women’s Pan American Cup being
played in Saltillo, Mexico. The Dominicans defeated Canada in straights sets
and Brazil also did the same against Venezuela. Dominican Republic meet Cuba
and Brazil go against USA in the semis, while Canada and Venezuela will be
battling for the fifth position.
Pic: Top action continues as Pan am cup draws to a close.
by Confederation Press Officer for NORCECA Roosevelt Comarazamy
Venezuela and Brazil
to meet in quarterfinals
2, 2003 - Venezuela booked a quarterfinal showdown with Brazil in the
Women’s Pan American Cup after defeating Mexico 3-1 on Wednesday, sending
the hosts Mexico into a seventh place playoff with Puerto Rico. The two-hour
contest ended with score of 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-21 before a crowd of
around 5,000 partisan fans in the Convention Center of Coahuila.
Pic: Migdalel Ruiz of Mexico attacks
Story by Confederation Press Officer for NORCECA Roosevelt Comarazamy
USA and Cuba
2, 2003 - United States and Cuba secured berths in the semifinal round and
also a place in the 2004 World Grand Prix after finishing unbeaten in the
preliminary round of the Second Women’s Pan American Cup being played in
Saltillo, Mexico. USA beat Canada 3-0 and Cuba defeated Dominican Republic
also 3-0. In finishing at the top of their Pools with 3-0 record, both
squads will be for sure one of the top four teams in this tournament
qualifying for next year’s premier of FIVB women annual event.
Pic: Big defence from USA
2, 2003 - Defending champions Cuba held on for their second victory in the
Pan American Women’s Cup after seeing off the home side Mexico in three sets
25-19, 27-25, 25-23 before more than 4,500 fans in the Coahuila Convention
Center. The Cubans easily took the first set with the cannon spikes of ace
Yumilka Ruiz and Martha Sanchez and the overall performance of Zoila Barros
and Yanelis Santos.
Story by Confederation Press Officer for NORCECA Roosevelt Comarazamy.
Pic: Martha Sanchez
succesfully spikes against the Mexican blockade.
with style in Mexico
1, 2003 - The Dominican Republic started the second women's Pan American Cup
on the right foot with a convincing straight sets victory over hosts Mexico
on the opening day before a packed crowd in the Convention Center of
Coahuila. Led by the attack of Milagros Cabral, the Dominicans cruised to a
confortable 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 win. “They went out determined to do well,”
said new coach Jorge Garbey. “I have given them enough confidence and today
it paid dividends”.
Story by confederation Press Officer for NORCECA
Pic: Dominicans Milagros Cabral (10) & Annerys
Valdez block the attack of Bibi Candelas
Cup starts June 30, with four matches
The Second Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup starts Monday, June 30
with four matches in Saltillo, Mexico. Eight teams
of the Americas will be battling to gain four available places in next year
World Grand Prix. The top South American squad will also qualify if one does
not finish in the top four. All the games will be
played at The Convention Center of Coahuila with the first encounter
featuring Puerto Rico against Canada while USA entertains Brasil in Group A.
Cuba meets Venezuela and Mexico faces Dominican Republic in Group B.
Canada launches season with a trip to Pan American Cup
The National Women's Volleyball Team
begins their 2003 season next week as they compete in the Pan American Cup
in Saltillo, Mexico from June 30th to July 5th. The tournament, which is a
qualification tournament for the 2004 World Grand Prix, plays host to the
top eight ranked national teams in the Americas.
Named All-Time Great Coach by USA Volleyball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado. - Long Beach State University women's volleyball
head coach Brian Gimmillaro is this year's recipient of the USA Volleyball
All-Time Great Coach Award.
In receiving the 2003 Donald S. Shondell Contemporary Division Award,
Gimmillaro joins the company of the best volleyball coaches in history,
including previous Olympic coaches as well as a few of his peers. The award
is presented each year by USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body of the
sport, to recognize the all-time great coaches of Volleyball.
Dominican Republic goes to Pan American Cup under new coach Garbey
Under the guidance of new head
coach Cuban Jorge Garbey, the Dominican Republic Team go to Saltillo, Mexico
aiming for a top-four finish in the Second Women s Pan American Cup, an
official event of the NORCECA Confederation starting next Monday. Garbey,
who was assistant coach of the Cuban National Team, replaces Jorge Perez
Vento who was dismissed following the last World Championship in Germany
after an eight year tenure. It was a loss to Puerto Rico in Germany that
sparked Perez Vento's replacement. He is a former Cuban star with Dominican
USA's Setter announces
SPRINGS – Setter Jen Flynn, who helped guide the USA women’s national
volleyball team to a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships in Germany,
has retired from the sport effective immediately.
“I just decided that I needed a change,” admitted Flynn. “I am ready to move
on in my life, and volleyball is not a part of that.”
Flynn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio State) joined the national team last summer
after being a part of the United States Professional Volleyball league (USPV)
for three seasons. In her last season with the USPV she was the starting
setter for the Grand Rapids Force in Michigan. Pan American Cup.
Pic: Jen Flynn (No. 12) a key member of the silver medalist US team from the
2002 World Championship
leads Cuba in Pan Am Cup
27, 2003 - Distinguished as a scorer and attacker during the 2002 World
Championship in Germany, Yumilka Ruiz heads the Cuban national team that
will be defending the crown of the second women’s Volleyball Pan American
Cup to be played in Saltillo, Mexico, from June 28-July 5.
Pic: The form of Yumilka Ruiz will hold the key to Cuba's hopes
Rico with high hopes for Saltillo
June 27, 2003 - The
Puerto Rican women's team is hoping to continue its big improvement on the
world stage with a top three finish at the Pan American Games, in Saltillo,
México, which runs from June 30-July 5.
Pic: Aury Cruz
is one of Puerto Rico's star players
June 26, 2003 -
Mexico ready for Pan Am Cup
June 26, 2003 -
America’s fight to make 2004
World Grand Prix
June 26, 2003 –
USA Women Depart for Pan
May 21, 2003 -
NORCECA votes to adopt FIVB Code of Conduct
May 22, 2003 -
USA Volleyball awards night
May 15, 2003 -
McGown Joins USA Men's Team as a Consultant
May 15, 2003 -
Dominicans prepare for Pan Am Games
May 15, 2003 -
USA Men confirm pre-season tour against Korea
May 01, 2003 -
USA Women's Training Team play for places