2014 Women’s World Championship NORCECA qualifier set to begin in Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica, November 26, 2012 – The NORCECA Group E First Round Tournament of the FIVB Women’s World Championship will take place at the University of Technology Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica on November 29-30.
Barbados, Aruba, Cayman Islands and hosts Jamaica will compete for the available spots.
Jamaica and Barbados are currently placed 12th and 13th in NORCECA rankings, while Aruba and Cayman Islands share the 30th position.
Teams will play two matches on November 29 and one on November 30 in a round-robin format, and then those placed first and second will decide the top position and the third and fourth placed side will dispute the last ticket to the second round of 2013 in the evening of November 30.
The NORCECA Group E women’s event is the eighth and last tournament organised by the confederation this year under its development plan designed to give more competitive opportunities to national teams of the less developed countries.
"Our volleyball program at the senior level is not where we want it to be as yet, but I'm very happy about the direction in which we are going," stated Warrenton Dixon, president of Jamaica Volleyball Association.
"Our local-based players have been in training since April 2012, and although there has been significant challenges getting them to train at a convenient venue (after work), we have done what we can and are excited for the future of volleyball. There will be five of our foreign-based players on the team - Lecia Brown, Naima Stennett, Avaniki Campbell, Sashalee Wallen and Makini Thompson.
"Unfortunately, some of our other very potent foreign-based players, like Joylene Thompson who is accumulating accolades for herself in the US intercollegiate league, are not available to represent us at this time.
"Our future is bright, and I hope Jamaica will also become infused with excitement for volleyball and we can together make fast progress to becoming world beaters," Dixon said.
Funding for participation in the qualifier has been provided in the main by NORCECA Volleyball Confederation and the Sports Development Foundation.
The competition schedule is as follows:
First round women’s tournaments:
Group H at Nicaragua (May 17-21)