|History at the FIVB World Grand Prix
This will be the third time for the current Pan American Games queens at the FIVB World Grand Prix. Their best result came in Hong Kong in 2005 when they finished in the third position and tenth overall. Other participations included Korea ’04 (11th).
How they qualified
One of four teams from the Intercontinental Confederation qualifying event, the Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup, currently world ranked 11th, Dominicans finished second to Cuba at the IV Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup 2005 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Chances of advancing to the final round are possible this time. Among their rivals in Pool C, the Dominicans have consistently dominated USA and Poland, and also have collected victories over Pool D Brazil, and Pool I Japan. They last defeated Germany at the 2005 World Grand Prix in Hong Kong and beat the Germans on home soil during the 2001 edition of the Bremen’s International Tournament.
Cindy Rondon is a product of the National Development Program currently playing in the A-1 Series of the Italian League. The 17 year-old Rondon is a member of the Junior Dominican Team and took part in the U-20 Women’s World Championships in Turkey. She has a powerful serve and is an all-around skilled athlete with great blocking ability.
Annerys Vargas has developed into the new big weapon of the Dominican Republic. The 1.94m Vargas was the most dominating player in the Puerto Rican League this season starring for the Bayamon Cowgirls. Annerys combines spiking and blocking skills and the FIVB 2006 World Grand Prix will be a great stage to catapult her to the Big Time.
Cosiris Rodriguez, Captain of the Dominican Squad is an overall experienced player that has seen action in the Italian League, Spanish League, Japanese League and the Puerto Rican League. With more than 200 international matches under her belt, Cosiris is an outstanding leader in court being the key player for the Dominican team in the gold medal match of the Pan American Games. Currently playing in the Spanish Super League, Cosiris is a player to be watched during the 2006 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Evelyn Carrera is a model of consistency and has gained international recognition as one of the best libero players in the world. The veteran Carrera was the second best libero of the last Olympics in Athens and was elected as the top of her class during the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2006 Puerto Rican League.
Beato Miguel Cruz Perez is the first Dominican to coach the national team in the last 12 years, but he is not new to the environment. Cruz has been the Technical Director of the Dominican Republic National Volleyball Federation and his experience includes coaching the Men’s National team for several years. He graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo with a Masters in Physical Education, with a Pedagogy Volleyball Degree in 1979 and completed in 1989 his FIVB Level III Coaches Course.
Cruz has been the Head Coach of the Dominican Republic Men’s Program since 1977, forming part of the Board of Administration of the Dominican Republic National Volleyball Federation as Technical Director.