MANAGUA, Nicaragua. November 19 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 commitments, 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.
History signals Costa Rica as the most succesful team in the past twelve editions winning a total of nine tournaments with two for Panama and one for Honduras.
The results of recent competitions project host Nicaragua in a position to give Costa Rica a hard fight for the supremacy. Meanwhile, Guatemala has participated in the junior and senior events of NORCECA and that experience is paying its fruits in terms of performances.