Press release

Puerto Rico’s tower Alba Fernandez can fly in the World Championship sky


Puerto Rico's Alba Fernandez usually higher than any player else in the world championship

 The tallest player at the current FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship, 16-year old Alba Fernandez is from Puerto Rico. Her height is 207 cm and she started to plays volleyball only 4 years ago, but she is already a player of National Team of her country. Alba can fly in the World Championship sky here in Turkey but she is already flying with her dreams with volleyball.

"I have better reach to the net and I can do some things better than other players due to my height. But I need to concentrate on the play more than other players do, I have to play better for my team. Because my colleagues have higher expectations from me," said Alba, No. 17 of Puerto Rico team.

 She started to play volleyball only four years ago and before it I did not practice to play volleyball at all. "I was studying in the 6th grade and I was 12 years old, when a representative from National Team came to me and told about this sport. He came in order to invite me to the National Team because I was very tall. They explained me this game, taught me how to play it and took me to the National Team. So just at that time I started to learn to play volleyball," remembers Alba her entrance into the sport.

 But today volleyball became one of the most important parts of her life that determines her present and her future. "In future I want firstly to finish my studies and surely keep playing volleyball. For now I play in Girls National Team, after I want to play in Junior National team and later in Women National. I want to stay in sport and rise here. And maybe even to play in Europe, if I will be invited," shares her dreams Puerto Rico's player.

 On the court the favorite position of Alba is defense. "Yes, it is difficult to believe that with my height I like defense, but I do."

And while in volleyball it is great to be so high, there are some difficulties in daily life. Alba told about some disadvantages of being tall outside the volleyball: "People usually look surprised, they cannot understand why I am so tall. They do not see such height as a normal. And also it is difficult to find a boyfriend with such a height because it is difficult to find such a tall boy. And boys do not love so tall girls."

 Alba's family supports her passion to volleyball and her playing for the National team. "My brother is also a sportsman'. He plays for Basketball National Team, he was taken there also due to his height and for now he is the tallest in his team."


Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
22.08.2011 07:54:34
A blue print for Mexican volleyball program starts in Turkey

Ankara, Turkey, August 22, 2011- Among other rising teams at the 2011 Girls’ Youth World Championship in Turkey, Mexico girls team who finished at the... More...

21.08.2011 20:06:21
We always had the final participation as our goal, says Turkey coach

Turkey coach Sahin Catma: "Since the early start of the tournament we had the final participation as our goal. We passed to the final with difficultie... More...

21.08.2011 20:01:39
Turkey claim Girls’ Youth World Championship gold

Ankara, Turkey, August 21, 2011- Turkey entered the history book when they crowned with the gold medal at the FIVB Girls’ Youth World championship in ... More...

21.08.2011 18:01:17
Turkey outclass China to claim the World Championship gold

21.08.2011 16:38:31
"Bronze is like gold for us" says Serbia captain Busa Bianca

21.08.2011 16:05:13
It was a privilege to play world champs, says US captain

21.08.2011 15:54:13
Resurgent Serbia put paid to Poland to win the bronze

21.08.2011 15:46:05
USA finish ninth with fifth consecutive win

21.08.2011 14:57:04
"We are in the top 5, so we are happy for that." says Germany coach Tietböhl

21.08.2011 14:21:01
It was important to show a reaction, says Italy captain

21.08.2011 14:12:35
Germany rebound positively to overcome Brazil 3-1

21.08.2011 13:38:11
Italy sink Mexico to finish eleventh

21.08.2011 12:19:02
It was important to finish the tournament on a high note, says Thailand captain

21.08.2011 12:10:28
"I hope the experience will help in the next tournament" says the Japan coach Hanzawa

21.08.2011 11:58:44
Thailand power to 13th rank

21.08.2011 11:24:10
Japan Cruise past Argentina for the seventh position

21.08.2011 10:57:47
We needed one set to wake up, says Puerto Rico coach

21.08.2011 10:37:59
Puerto Rico sign off with second victory over Algeria

20.08.2011 22:32:41
“Dance for unity, dance for volleyball,” says Puerto Rico captain

20.08.2011 22:05:53
Undefeated China and host Turkey to play for the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth title

20.08.2011 20:45:23
It was not fluke that Poland played the semis, says China coach

20.08.2011 20:28:54
China beat Poland in four to reach final versus Turkey

20.08.2011 19:57:28
''We played much better than Italy,'' says Slovakia coach Kosekova.

20.08.2011 19:42:49
Outstanding Slovakia surprise Italy in three sets

20.08.2011 18:39:06
It’s difficult to play in an atmosphere like that, says Serbia coach

20.08.2011 18:21:42
Host Turkey outlast Serbia in marathon semifinal

20.08.2011 17:34:26
"I didn't have much expectations in this tournament,” says the USA Coach Stone

20.08.2011 17:00:47
USA overpower fighting Mexico to battle for the ninth position

20.08.2011 16:06:55
"The high spirit made us victorious in this match" says the Egypt Coach Ahmed

20.08.2011 16:05:38
Derbies have their own rules, says Brazil coach

20.08.2011 15:17:06
Egypt prevail in close-fought contest with Puerto Rico

20.08.2011 15:00:19
Brazil top Argentina in hard-fought South American duel

20.08.2011 13:14:53
Libero Pogany brought stability back in service reception, says German coach

20.08.2011 12:38:10
"Algeria is a team for future," says the Thailand coach Niemtuptim.

20.08.2011 12:23:45
Germany see off Japan in four sets

20.08.2011 11:59:52
Thailand back to winning ways against Algeria

20.08.2011 10:34:17
“No problem to play volleyball with head scarf," says Egypt libero Perihan

20.08.2011 00:47:16
Turkey v Serbia and China v Poland in the Girls’ Youth World Championship semis

19.08.2011 23:34:51
Coaches eager to the final spot at the Girls’ Youth World champs

19.08.2011 16:37:17
To be a female volleyball referee – is a big challenge

19.08.2011 01:49:47
Serole and Odundo give another breath to African referees in the World Champs

18.08.2011 22:40:37
Semis confirmed as Serbia and Poland complete quartet at 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship

18.08.2011 21:42:34
Beating Brazil is a dream for Japanese players, says Japan coach

18.08.2011 21:22:52
Japan dash Brazil’s hopes for semis

18.08.2011 20:46:02
"We came to World Championship to improve ourselves and we did,", say Puerto Rico coach

18.08.2011 20:30:29
Puerto Rico overpower Algeria by Santana’s gun

18.08.2011 18:57:30
We’ll play again versus China in the gold medal match, says Turkey coach

18.08.2011 18:53:52
“I’m glad to see my team playing like this in an international tournament,'' Says Italy coach Pieragnoli.

18.08.2011 18:21:10
China stay perfect with Turkey scalp

18.08.2011 18:01:31
Italy see off Mexico to top Pool H

18.08.2011 16:58:52
"Our country has the priority," Said the double nationality Egyptian girls

18.08.2011 16:28:13
I’m proud of my team, says Serbia coach

18.08.2011 16:08:06
"I’m Impressed by the Egyptian defence" says the America Coach

18.08.2011 15:54:02
Serbians down Poland to clinch semifinal spot

18.08.2011 15:31:48
USA maintain momentum with Egypt win

18.08.2011 14:51:32
"It was a tight tiebreak win,” says Slovakia Head Coach

18.08.2011 13:50:23
Slovakia rebounded to outlast the fighting Thailand

18.08.2011 13:32:39
We controlled the match from start to finish, says German captain

18.08.2011 13:10:20
Germany roll past Argentina

17.08.2011 22:43:39
Host Turkey and China book semifinal tickets

17.08.2011 22:04:40
We had not enough power in the fifth set, explains Poland captain

17.08.2011 21:43:24
Brazil get back on track with Polish win

17.08.2011 20:54:51
“We want to finish the competition within the top 10,” says Mexico coach Garcia

17.08.2011 20:26:50
Mexico overwhelm Algeria in three sets

17.08.2011 19:01:45
"Although we won this match, this tournament was a disappointment" says the Head Coach of Italy

17.08.2011 18:31:33
Turkey can make it to the gold medal match, says Argentina coach

17.08.2011 18:20:12
Italy hardly see off passionate Puerto Rico

17.08.2011 18:07:48
Turkey book semifinal ticket with victory over Argentina

17.08.2011 16:40:54
“Egypt played a good match today and even they were better than us in many moments,'' says Slovakia coach

17.08.2011 15:55:33
Discipline was the key to success, says Serbia coach

17.08.2011 15:34:15
Slovakia rout Egypt in a close encounter

17.08.2011 15:29:53
In-form Serbia steam past Japan

17.08.2011 14:03:57
"It was a competitive match" says the USA cap. McCage.

17.08.2011 13:36:03
China deserve their spot in the semis, says German coach

17.08.2011 13:08:34
USA clinch victory against spirited Thailand

17.08.2011 12:59:59
China advance after overpowering Germans

16.08.2011 21:47:15
Host Turkey and China stretch leads as World No. 1 Brazil and Japan lose

16.08.2011 21:12:30
“We need to finish in the nine to twelve positions." says the Head Coach of Mexico

16.08.2011 21:05:08
This is our first step to final four, says Poland coach

16.08.2011 20:45:06
Poland send Japan to first defeat

16.08.2011 20:38:09
Mexico open second round with victory over spirited Puerto Rico

16.08.2011 18:45:59
It was important to show our best level today, says Turkish captain Cakiroglu

16.08.2011 18:44:24
"This is not good to play for the 9-16 brackets," says the Italian Coach Pieragnoli

16.08.2011 17:47:38
Turkey rout Germans to continue winning streak

16.08.2011 17:47:15
Resurgent Italy put paid to Algeria

16.08.2011 16:16:25
"Although we lost, it was the best match for our team,” says Slovakia Head Coach Eva Kosekova

16.08.2011 16:15:25
We were very well prepared, explains China coach

16.08.2011 16:01:13
Unbeaten China roll on with Argentina win

16.08.2011 15:32:44
USA hammer Slovakia in straight sets

16.08.2011 14:59:11
First win ever over Brazil, says Serbia coach

16.08.2011 14:41:27
Serbia surprise unbeaten Brazil in epic thriller

16.08.2011 13:59:06
"Egypt pushed harder but we managed to win" says the Thailand Head Coach

16.08.2011 12:49:14
Thailand post first win by overpowering Egypt

16.08.2011 11:42:12
“At 14 y I achieved my dreams with volleyball,” says Egypt’s Heidi

16.08.2011 09:25:54
USA's twins Rolfzen prefer volleyball than basketball

16.08.2011 00:46:56
Stakes set to rise for world's best girls' youth teams

15.08.2011 23:45:47
Coaches optimistic for more success at the Girls’ Youth World Champs second round

14.08.2011 21:29:58
Germany and Serbia join top eight at Girls’ Youth World Championship

14.08.2011 20:41:14
“I am proud of all my players. The harder opponents we play, the more we improve" says the USA Coach James Stone.

14.08.2011 20:06:54
China maintain momentum with USA tough win