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 VEN / Venezuela - Team Composition  
Therapist / trainer IMAR RONDON
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Yessica Maria Paz Hidalgo Yessica 7/10/1989 192 72 304 300 ARAGUA
5   Genesis Del Carmen Franchesco Machado Genesis 6/05/1990 174 58 236 232 MIRANDA
L 6 Maria Valero Balaguer Maria 18/09/1991 165 60 245 242 BARINAS
8   Amarilis Villar Mayora Amarilis 30/03/1984 178 70 280 276 VARGAS
C 9 Jayce Andrade Andrade Jayce 19/05/1984 188 72 300 296 ZULIA
10   Desiree Glod Desiree 28/09/1982 176 64 305 301 MIRANDA
12 Gheraldine Quijada Teran Gheraldine 31/01/1988 179 65 286 282 D.C.
13   Shirley Florian Shirley 27/07/1991 191 67 305 301 ZULIA
14 Aleoscar Blanco Iriarte Aleoscar 18/07/1987 189 75 300 296 VARGAS
15   Maria Jose Perez Gonzalez Maria J 18/03/1988 188 69 300 296 LLANERAS
17 Roslandy Del Valle Acosta Alvarado Roslandy 25/02/1992 190 62 295 291 VARGAS
18   Wendy Romero Franco Wendy 8/02/1992 178 71 295 291 COJEDES
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

It has been a struggle for the Venezuelan Women's National Team to get where they are now, namely at their first-ever Olympic Games.

Along the way of a four-year program to prepare for the Beijing Games, there were tough times. Many Venezuelan Volleyball players have a tendency to migrate or drop out at the early stages of the training process.

The fact that this group has stuck together pays testament to their youthful spirit.

Venezuela have developed an impressive amount of fight in their play over the last couple of years and this bore fruit at the South American Olympic qualifier in Lima, Peru at the start of this year.

Venezuela beat the home team in the last game of the tournament to clinch their Beijing berth, prevailing against Peru 3-2 (25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12). In that game, players such as captain Jayce Andrade impressed and it was Yessica Paz who was the hero with a perfect block to clinch the match in front of 6,000 Peruvian fans.

In the first set the visiting team led the score most of the time, with a great performance of the spikers. Venezuela easily scored 23-16 but, with the help of the crowd, Peru made less mistakes and scored a lot of points, till 22-24. Despite Peruvians efforts, Andrade closed the set 25-22.

In the second set the two teams put up a fight point by point and both teams played very good Volleyball. The teams often exchanged the leadership of the match until the scored reached 25-25. Peru won 27-25 and kept believing in the victory.

The story of the third set was similar to the first one. Venezuela confidence kept growing and the visiting team led the score 13-8. Peru tried to react, and tied 13-13. The match continued with an exciting 20-20 draw, but Venezuela was very comfortable and closed the set 25-22.

Peru returned on the court acting more offensive. The spikers showed a good technique and brought their team ahead of the set. But soon, Venezuela reacted and won 25-22 taking the game to the tie break, which Paz clinched.

A combination of discipline and training have sculpted the strength of the Venezuelan team. With a tall squad and a young average age, they are in a good position to be a dominant team in South America over the coming years.

The achievement of reaching the Olympics is another boost for the team and with nothing to lose on their first outing they may spring a few surprises.

Cuban Tomas Fernandez Arteaga had a go before in trying to set up a successful Venezuelan Women's team but he could not finish his job.

He has been more successful this time around.

Fernandez, born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, is a teacher of physical education and after coaching Cuban youth teams and regional estate teams he arrived in Venezuela for the first time in 1995.

He set up a promising Venezuelan Women's team before returning to Cuba to continue with his work as the school Volleyball coach in Pinar del Rio.

There were several attempts to bring him back to Venezuela and finally he returned. Since then, he has built an impressive squad that has played in the South American Championships, Pan American Games, Central American Games and Pan American Cups.

His crowning achievement so far, though, is leading the team to qualification for Olympic Games for the first time, the team winning the South American qualifier in Lima, Peru.

A lot of confidence and trust has been placed on the shoulders of Fernandez and so far he has repaid this by creating an excitement surrounding women's Volleyball in Venezuela not seen before. Indeed, he has moulded a strong, disciplined group who have shown the desire to improve their game even more and become one of the best teams in the world.

As a result, Venezuela may well be the surprise package of the Beijing Games and a lot of credit would go to Hernandez.

Fernandez, born, Nov. 18, 1958, is married to a former Cuban Volleyball player and has one son.