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The Dominican Republic back to Montreux after a decade of absence


After ten years of absence, the squad led by Marcos Kwiek was invited to participate in the Montreux Volley Masters. The unique time that the Dominicans attended the tournament was in 2003. On that occasion they lost their four games against Italy (3-0), China (3-0), Cuba (3-2) and the USA (3-0). Currently 10th at the FIVB world ranking, they will be considered as the outsiders who could create a surprise during the tournament.

The team has shown promising results over the last couple of years. They finished second at the 2011 NORCECA championship, just behind the USA. In 2012 they started the season with a 12th rank at the World Grand Prix in China. The highlight was certainly at the Olympic Games, where, for their second participation, they got their best finish with a fifth rank in London.

Most players are currently performing in the region, in the Dominican Republic, in Peru or in Puerto Rico. More recently, some Dominicans have been playing for the Azeri league or in Korea. Overall the team is young and very athletic; all nine hitters who attended the last Olympic Games could reach between 3.20 and 3.30 meters!

The Dominicans will open their international season at the Montreux Volley Master. Then they will go to Peru for the Pan-American Cup (5-16 June). A warm welcome and good luck for the tournament!


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