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  World Grand Prix 2006
 
 CUB / Cuba - Team Composition
 
 
Team manager Mirella Luis Hernandez
Head coach Felipe Calderon
Assistant coach Eugenio George
Doctor Carlos Jimenez Amaro
Therapist / trainer Eider George
Journalist Alfonzo Nacianceno
 
  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
4   Yeniset de la Caridad Gonzalez Diaz Gonzalez 23.08.1983 193 67 315 312 P. 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
L 7 Lisbet Arredondo Reyes Arredondo 22.11.1987 181 62 315 312 Villa Clara
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
10   Yusleini Herrera Alvarez Herrera 12.03.1984 180 67 312 310 Ciudad Habana
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
13 Aniara Munoz Carrazana Munoz 24.01.1980 180 69 320 312 Cienfuegos
14   Kenta Carcases Opon Carcases 22.01.1986 188 69 308 306 Holguin
15 Yusidey Silie Frometa Silie 11.11.1984 183 80 316 300 Ciudad Habana
16   Ma Tellez Palacio Dulce Tellez 12.09.1983 186 69 320 316 Santiago
17 Nataly Grinan Veras Grinan 07.05.1984 181 77 316 312 Ciudad Habana
18   Zoila Barros Fernandez Barros 06.08.1976 188 76 325 312 Ciudad Habana
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
The year 2006 has great importance for the Cuban women’s team, since the players will be participating in the Grand Prix after having begun their preparations with two important competitions: the Pan-American Cup in Puerto Rico and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia. Towards the end of the year, the team will also head for Japan to participate in the World Championship.

The Cuban team has reached the final stages in the last two editions of the Grand Prix, finishing in fourth place on both occasions. The team’s goal for the 2006 edition is to return home with a medal.

Captain Yumilka Ruiz Luaces will front the group of Zoila Barros Fernández, Rosir Calderón Díaz, Daimi Ramiro Echevarria, Yaima OrtizCharro, Liana Mesa Luaces, Nancy Carrillo de la Paz and Dulce María Téllez Palacios, all participants in the last Olympic Games and with a desire to take back medals of the prestigious Grand Prix.

Team honours

Grand Prix - 2001(4th place) - 2002 (7th place. - 2003 (11th place) - 2004 (4th place) - 2005 (4th place)
World Championship - 2002 (5th place)
Pan-American Games - 2003 (2nd place)
NORCECA Tournaments - 2001 (2nd place) - 2003 (2nd place) -2005 (2nd place)
Eugenio George Lafita was selected best Coach of the Century in a survey carried out by FIVB in 2000. He has achieved numerous outstanding results with the women’s team and has been sharing the Technical Management in the last few years with Felipe Calderon and supervises all the tasks of his staff members.

He is the only coach in the world who has achieved medals in all international volleyball events such as the Olympic Games (4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal), World Cups (3 gold medals and 2 silver medals), Champions Cups (1 gold medal), Grand Prix (2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal), Pan-American Games (7 gold medals and 1 silver medal), NORCECA Tournaments (10 gold medals and 6 silver medals).