FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Puerto Rico are currently ranked 18
in the world and this
will be their fourth appearance at the FIVB World Grand
Prix, all of which have come in the last five editions.
Former assistant Rafael Olazagasti takes over as coach
with the hope to build on Puerto Rico’s encouraging
performances in recent years which have seen them
in the FIVB’s prestigious annual
At the same time, Puerto Rico have been growing,
although not improving in results, at the FIVB World
Championships with a 10
place results in
the last three editions.
Puerto Rico qualified for this year’s tournament after
defeating Canada and Peru for the second consecutive
year, to finish sixth at the Pan-American Cup in Mexico.
With key players such as Sarai Alvarez, captain from last
year Vilmarie Mojica and the most experienced Aurea
Cruz named in the squad, there is hope that Olazagasti
and his team can continue the outstanding World Grand
Prix experience Puerto Rico has experienced over the past
five years or so.
Rafael ‘Epique’ Olazagasti makes
his debut this year as coach of
the Puerto Rico women’s national
team. He is one the most successful
coaches in Puerto Rico, having
attained wins in the National
League Championships for both
men and women. During the 2012 FIVB World Grand
Prix campaign, Olazagasti assisted former coach David
Aleman (who is now coach of the men’s national team).
The goal in this year is to work hard each weekend and
finish in a better position in each pool per week,” said
Olazagasti. Since the beginning of the 2013 season,
Olazagasti win-loss ratio currently stands at 4-2 in official