2004 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

 


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2005 edition
 
POL DOM/Dominican Republic 


Volleyball was introduced for the first time in the Dominican Republic in the year 1916 by the United States Marine Corps and also by the religious Missionary in 1928 in the city of La Romana, located in the eastern part of the island.

The Dominican Republic participated for the first time in an international event in the year 1934. On this occasion the Caribbean Volleyball tournament was held in the city of Port of Prince, Haiti. 12 years later the national men's and women's teams participated for the first time in the Centroamerican and Caribbean Sport Games, held in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia, where the women’s team won gold.

In 1974, the Dominican Republic made its first appearance at the Volleyball World Championship when the national women's team competed in Mexico, finishing 21st. Four years later they participated again, this time in the Russian city of Moscow, improving by two places to 19th.

By 1997, the women’s team was going from strength to strength collecting the bronze medal at the Norceca Continental Championship before finishing in 11th spot at the 1998 World Championship in Japan.

In 1999, a 4th place finish at the Pan-American Games in Canada was followed by a silver medal at the Continental Championship held in the city of Santo Domingo, after losing the final 3-2 to world champions Cuba.

By 2002, many of the national Dominican Republic players were good enough to play in the Pro-Leagues of Europe, (Italy and Spain in particular) and this helped the development of the players. A silver medal at the Pan-American Cup in Mexico was another superb result after losing the final 3-1 to Cuba again. But 2002 finished on a disappointing note after the national team finished 13th at the World Championship.

However, 2003 became a fruitful and historical year for the Dominican Republic with the team participating in the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament for the first time. The tournament provided a good launch pad for the season which saw the Dominicans finish second behind USA at the second Women’s Pan-American Cup in Mexico, first at the XIV Pan-American Games on their home soil, second at the International Volleyball Challenge Tournament in Hong Kong and third at the 2003 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, which granted them the opportunity to deserve the wild card for the 2003 World Cup where they failed to cause any upsets and finished tenth.