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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Historically Cuba is one of the most successful countries
in women’s volleyball, sitting third-equal on the all-time
World Grand Prix medals list behind Brazil and USA and
tied with China.
Cuba has participated in 18 out of the 20 editions of the
World Grand Prix winning two gold medals (1993, 2000),
four silver medals (1994, 1996, 1997, 2008) and two
bronze medals (1995, 1998).
The national team also won gold at the 1994 and 1998
World Championships and secured Olympic Games titles
in 1992, 1996 and 2000. At the World Championships
in 2002 and 2006, Cuba finished fifth and seventh.
A 12
th
-
place finish at the 2010 and absence from the
2012
Olympics illustrated the difficulty Cuba was having
trying to replicate their glory days with a younger squad
however their World Grand Prix performance last year,
where they reached the Finals for the first time since 2008
after being absent in 2009 and 2010, showed things are
on the improve.
The 2013 squad, which completed the China International
Women’s Volleyball Tournament in May without picking
up a win against China, Thailand and Puerto Rico, is
represented by a young and renewed national team,
composed of well-known players like captain Yohana
Palacios, central attacker, Rossana Giel; setter AnaWilliam
Cleger, and libero Emily Borrell although with Borrell the
COACH
Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez became
coach of the Cuba women’s national
team in 2010, with his first event
being the International Invitational
Tournament in China. Prior to this
appointment, he had a successful
run with the boys’ national team,
taking them to second place in the 2009 FIVB U21 Junior
World Championship. Gala Rodriguez has worked hard
for the women’s national team to continue to stand out
and not to be condemned to obscurity. Its return to the
FIVB World Grand Prix as well as its participation in the
NORCECA tournaments, the Pan-American Games, the
Pan-American Cups and other events in Russia, China,
Peru and others, are an example of this. Total dedication,
theoretical and practical training are some of the values
he cherishes the most.
CUBA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
13
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
1
st
2000
2
x
2 4 2 8
6
th
2012
LAST:
Week 1
D
Week 2
J
Week 3
K
POOLS
most capped with 50 matches and Cleger the oldest at
23,
it proves Cuba still have plenty of work to do in terms
of gaining experience.
However, with the likes of legendary coach Eugenio
George Lafita as manager and three time Olympic
champion Regla Torres as assistant coach alongside Juan
Carlos Rodriguez, Cuba – now ranked 13
th
in the world
definitely have the necessary tools to get the job done.