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 CUB / Cuba - Team Composition
 
 
Team manager Luis H. Mireya
Head coach Calderón Blet Felipe
Assistant coach George L. Eugenio
Doctor Jiménez Amaro Carlos
Therapist / trainer George Lafita Eider
Journalist González Carlos Alberto
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
C 1 Yumilka Ruiz Luaces Ruiz 08.05.1978 179 62 329 315 Camaguey
2   Yanelis Santos Allegne Santos 30.03.1986 183 71 315 312 Ciego de Avilas
3 Nancy Carrillo de la Paz Carrillo 11.01.1986 190 74 318 315 Ciudad Habana
L 5   Mayvelis Martinez Adlum Martinez 12.06.1977 182 79 322 306 Ciudad Habana
6 Daimi Ramirez Echevarria Ramirez 08.10.1983 176 67 305 290 Ciudad Habana
8   Yaima Ortiz Charro Ortiz Charro 09.11.1981 179 70 325 313 C. Habana
9 Rachel Sanchez Perez Sanchez 09.01.1989 188 75 325 320 Pinar del Rio
11   Liana Mesa Luaces Mesa 26.12.1977 179 70 318 307 Camaguey
12 Rosir Kalderon Dias Kalderon 28.12.1984 191 76 330 325 Dinamo Krasnodar
14   Kenta Carcases Opon Carcases 22.01.1986 188 69 308 306 Holguin
18 Zoila Barros Fernandez Barros 06.08.1976 188 76 325 312 Ciudad Habana
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
After a series of disappointing results since the turn of the millennium, the Cuban women’s Volleyball team looks to be back on the right path to returning to the glory days of the 90s, when they won three Olympic gold medals.

With inspirational skipper
Yumilka Ruiz at the heart of a youthful side, Cuba is starting to gain some consistency, which has been lacking in recent years and there has been no better indication of their vast improvement than their surprise bronze medal performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Just a couple of months before, Cuba,
one of only four teams (the others being China, Russia and Japan) to have participated in every World Grand Prix tournament, made their best performance in the last three years at the 2004 Grand Prix by finishing fourth following some sensational preliminary round form when they lost only one match.

The likes of Zoila Barros Fernández, Ana Ibis Fernández Valle and Marta Sánches Salfran are proof that some of the young talent in the Cuban side is starting to blossom.

Add into the mix the experienced coach Felipe Calderón Blet and his valuable assistants Eugenio George Lafita, who is one of the most experienced World Grand Prix coaches on the circuit, and Idalberto Valdez Pedro and Cuba are shaping up as genuine medal contenders again.

The three time World Champions play a hard, Russian-style power game and are traditionally exceptional jumpers and hard hitters. Indeed a former U.S. coach said of them "They are the best. You love to watch them, but you don't like to play against them!"

Cuba have a distinguished record in international competition and have been Olympic champions three times and have taken four World Championship titles.

Their performance in the 2005 World Grand Prix, with nine members backing up from the 2004 Olympic Games, will be another litmus test on their progress ahead of the 2006 World Championships.

Overall Standings for Cuba
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
12 134 97 37 72.38
Luis Felipe Calderon Former assistant coach Luis Felipe Calderon made his debut as head coach of the Cuban women’s team at the 2002 World Championship where he took the team to a credible fifth place. But ever since the glory days of the 1990’s, Cuba has struggled to get back on to the podium.

Last year however, was proof that Calderon is starting to make things happen with this young and exciting Cuban side. A bronze medal finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics was a sure sign that Cuba are heading in the right direction.

But it is also in the World Grand Prix where Calderon is producing more favourable results. Having just witnessed (as assistant coach at the time) Cuba finish 11th out of 12 teams at the 2003 World Grand Prix, registering just one win from five matches, Calderon led Cuba to fourth place last year with 10 victories and three defeats.

However, the 1994 and 1998 world champions and three-time Olympic champions are still rebuilding with players like Yanelia Santos and Nancy Carillo de la Paz less than 20-year's-old and it’s up to Calderon, who took Cuba to the silver medal at the 2003 NORCECA Continental Championship and a sixth place finish at the 2003 World Cup, and the renowned Eugenio George Lafita, 70, who is accredited with the status of assistant coach, to keep Cuba growing in the right direction.