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17th Edition
31 July - 23 August 2009


 
 PUR / Puerto Rico - Team Composition

 
Team manager Rafael Cerrame / Noel Marrero
Head coach Carlos Cardona
Assistant coach Ramón Hernandez
Doctor Luis Baerga
Therapist / trainer Juan Rivera Wharton
Journalist Jessica Rosa Andino
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  L 1 Debora Seilhamer Seilhamer 4/10/1985 166 61 245 240 Cataño
  2   Shara Venegas Venegas 18/09/1992 173 68 280 272 Caguas
  C 3 Vilmarie Mojica Mojica 13/08/1985 180 63 295 288 Caguas
  4   Tatiana Encarnación Encarnacion 28/07/1985 182 72 300 279 Lancheras de Catano
  5 Sarai Alvarez Alvarez 3/04/1986 183 61 295 286 Mayaguez
  6   Yarimar Rosa Rosa 20/06/1988 178 62 295 285 Mayaguez
  7 Stephanie Enright Enright 15/12/1990 179 56 300 292 Caguas
  8   Eva Cruz E. CRUZ 22/01/1974 182 72 305 290 Juncos
  9 Aurea Cruz Cruz 10/01/1982 180 63 310 290 Carolina
  10   Roselly PEREZ PEREZ 5/01/1988 185 58 290 283 Ponce
  11 Karina Ocasio Malpica 1/08/1985 192 76 298 288 Caguas
  12   Ania Ruiz Ruiz 11/07/1982 182 68 305 284 Bayamon
  13 Yamileska Yantin YANTIN 4/09/1984 187 68 299 288 Guaynabo
  14   Raimariely Santos SANTOS 13/04/1992 180 68 284 280 Leonas de Ponce
  15 Jessica Candelario CANDELARIO 2/11/1987 180 76 302 295 Corozal
  16   Alexandra Oquendo Oquendo 3/02/1984 189 75 297 284 Caguas
  17 Sheila Ocasio Ocasio 17/11/1982 195 74 310 292 Juncos
  18   Wilnelia González GONZÁLEZ 2/04/1985 183 65 302 294 Vaqueras de Bayamón
  19 Laudevis Marrero MARRERO 3/08/1987 179 75 295 285 Toa Baja
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Puerto Rico is currently ranked No. 19 in the world by the FIVB and is a newcomer in the Grand Prix.

For the new Olympic cycle, Puerto Rico has renewed its technical staff with Carlos Cardona and Humberto Rodríguez in charge of the team. A giant leap in the quality of their game is expected from this NORCECA team, which finished 10th at the 2002 FIVB World Championship.

A third-straight World Championship qualification, reaching the medal rounds in NORCECA Championships and an Olympic berth are some of the goals of this renovated team.

The FIVB Grand Prix is a major tool for the team's plans since it gives them the opportunity to face the world's elite teams each game.

Puerto Rico qualified for the 2009 Grand Prix by finishing as one of the top three NORCECA teams at the 2008 Pan American Cup along with USA and Dominican Republic.

Puerto Rico will work hard as they intend to become a regular fixture in the Grand Prix from now on.

Coach profile

After some great successes with the Puerto Rico Men's Team, Carlos Cardona, together with Humberto Rodríguez, now leads the Women's National Team.

Cardona was born in the city of Rosario, Argentina. After graduation, he began a successful coaching career that included stints in the Argentina National League and Italy League A-1 (three different clubs - Grottazzolina, Petrolifano and Gioia). He also worked in the Italian B-1 League with Grottazzolina and Piceno.

Upon his arrival in Puerto Rico in 2003, Cardona coached the San Juan Playeros in the Puerto Rico Men's Professional League. During that time, he had a number of successful seasons and once led the team to the Final Series and various semifinals.

Cardona has been retained for the new Olympic Cycle by the Puerto Rico Federation as Head Technical Director of their National Programs. He will continue to coach the Men's Team while coaching the Women's Team with Rodríguez.

 

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