Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, December 1, 2011 – The Battle of the Caribbean is set to begin at the beautiful Seven Miles Beach of Grand Cayman as the second round of the Zonal NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup gets underway from December 2-4.
Five countries from each the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) and the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) will be vying for five spots in the next phase of the qualification process to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The five qualified teams of each gender at the conclusion of both men’s and women’s tournaments then will play against the best five qualified teams from the Central American Zone.
The teams of two players per country in each gender will compete in a best-of-three series format. In the case of a tie a “golden set” until 15 points (with a two-point lead) will be played by any combination of the four athletes of the country.
The countries represented with teams in both genders are:
Barbados, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from CAZOVA and Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia from ECVA. Bahamas (men) and Curacao (women) will represent CAZOVA while Grenada (women) and St. Vincent and Grenadines are members of ECVA.
In the first day of action the men’s tournament has Jamaica v St. Vincent, Dominica v Cayman Islands, St. Kitts v Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago v Antigua and Barbuda. Bahamas and St Lucia both get first round byes as winners of the previous zonal competitions.
The women’s competition has Jamaica v Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda v Cayman Islands, St. Lucia v Curacao and Barbados v Dominica. St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago got free passes to the second round as zonal titleholders.
The technical meeting took place Thursday evening followed by a welcome dinner to all delegations attended by Mr. Donald McLean, President of the Cayman Island Olympic Committee, the Honorable Cline Glidden, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Cayman Island, Mr. Noel Williams, President of the National Volleyball Federation and Mr. Daymian Stewart, President of the NORCECA Control Committee.