Foreign reinforcements spice up Peruvian League
Lima, Peru, November 23, 2015 – The National Volleyball League (LNSV) defending champions San Martin de Porres (USM) are anticipating a difficult season at the Movistar Women’s Cup, as clubs teams have reinforced their team compositions with the recruitment of foreign coaches and players for the 2015/16 season.
The Peruvian League opened on November 14, with 12 teams vying for the season title. The competition is tougher with the entry of foreign coaches and up-and-coming players.
Spanish coach Juan Diego Garcia is at the helm of defending champions USM, which is led by Milca Silva, who led USM to two successive titles in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.
Three-time champions Gemini Comas have recruited Brazilian coach Marco Queiroga and Dominican Republic hitter Cindy Rondon, who won multiple titles including Best Blocker at the Pan American Games Rio 2007.
Cuban players Regla Gracia and Jennifer Alvarez are also active in the Peruvian League, playing for University Cesar Vallejo (UCV), which reached the top of the LNSV in 2012/13 with Spanish setter Patricia Andrada under the guidance of Olympic silver medallist Natalia Malaga.
FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Japan 2015 Best Setter Daymara Lescay of Cuba reinforces Deportivo Jaamsa, which is mentored by former Cuban national team coach Juan Carlos Gala.
The club Alianza Lima will also compete for the first title with the support of Colombian players Daniela Castro and Soto Yeisy, while two-time LNSV champions Circolo Sportivo Italiano recruited Brazilian spiker Ellen Amaral and French player Marie-Pierre Bakima.
USM is set to announce another player from the United States, while Regatas Lima, led by Spanish coach Francisco Hervas, have also announced the arrival of their two foreign players next year. Each club will be able to recruit additional players until early January 2016.