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  World Grand Prix 2005
 DOM / Dominican Republic - Team Composition
Therapist / trainer EDDY LA PAIX
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Annerys Victoria Vargas Valdez Valdez 07.08.1981 196 70 327 320 Seleccion Nacional
3   Yudelkys Bautista Bautista 05.12.1974 194 68 320 308 Mirador
4 Rossy Dahiana Burgos Herrera Burgos 07.04.1985 184 70 305 300 Seleccion Nacional
L 5   Evelyn Carrera Pichardo Carrera 05.10.1971 180 70 301 297 Los Prados
7 Sofia Esmeralda Mercedes Heredia Mercedes 25.05.1976 185 70 306 298 Independencia
11   Juana Miguelina Gonzalez Sanchez Gonzalez 03.01.1979 185 70 295 290 Seleccion Nacional
12 Karla Miguelina Echenique Medina Echenique 16.05.1986 180 65 279 300 Mirador
13   Cindy Carolina Rondon Martinez Rondon 12.11.1987 186 61 320 315 Seleccion Nacional
14 Prisilla Rivera Brens Rivera 29.12.1984 186 67 309 305 San Pedro
15   Cosiri Rodriguez Andino Rodriguez 30.08.1977 191 72 313 305 San Cristobal
16 Kenia Moreta Perez Moreta 07.04.1981 191 76 310 305 Mirador
17   Sidarka De Los Milagros Nuñez Nuñez 25.06.1984 185 62 330 320 Club Malanga
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
Ever since Volleyball was introduced for the first time in the Dominican Republic by the United States Marine Corps in 1916, the fast-growing Carribean country has been taking giant strides on the international scene.

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 effectively granted them a wild card to the 2003 World Cup where they failed to cause any upsets and finished 10th.

But this didn't douse the spirit of the Dominicans because 2004 saw some more firsts. They participated in the World Grand Prix for the first time, where they finished 12th out of 12 teams (but only on set ratio difference after they were one of three teams to finish the preliminary round with one victory), and they also competed in the Olympic Games for the first time in Athens, where they fnished 11th having claimed the prized scalp of the world number one team at the time USA.

The 2005 World Grand Prix now shapes as an excellent platform for the world number 12 to make further steps up the ladder of international women's Volleyball.

Overall Standings for the Dominican Republic
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
1 9 1 8 11.11
Prof. Francisco Cruz Jiménez Having first studied as a Volleyball coach in 1964 and begun work as a Volleyball instructor in 1967, 53-year-old Cuban Francisco Cruz Jiménez brings plenty of experience into the coaching circle for the Dominican Republic.

Following last year’s 11th place finish at the Olympic Games, Jiménez, who has been involved extensively in the Dominican Republic Women’s Volleyball Program as a coach and instructor, was called on to replace compatriot Jorge Garbey, who had been head coach since the start of 2003, and there’s no doubt Jiménez’s experience will be valuable for a young and promising Dominican side.

Jiménez, who has coached in Cuba and Peru and acted as the Director of the Dominican Republic High Performance Volleyball Development Center, was part of the coaching staff of the Cuban men’s youth Volleyball team from 1971-1975.

In 1977 he became the Instructor at the University of Physical Culture and Sports of Cuba leading more than 170 National and International Volleyball Technicians from Syria, Gana, Panama, Peru, Sir Lanka, etc.

In 1995 Jiménez helped with the preparation of the Women’s Youth Volleyball team of Peru and since 2001 he has been a part of the Dominican Republic Women’s Youth & Junior Programs, participating in several international events as head coach, including; the 2001 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship (9th place), the 2001 FIVB Girl’s Youth World Championship (8th place), the 2002 NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship (4th Place), the 2002 NORCECA Girls Youth Continental Championship (Silver Medal) and the 2004 NORCECA Junior Continental Championship (Silver Medal).