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Group N completes 2nd Round of NORCECA Women's

Panama is ranked ninth in NORCECA and the pre-tournament favourites to go to the third round
St George, Grenada, June 20, 2013 – The NORCECA Second Round Group N Women’s Tournament of the 2014 World Championship in Italy will take place at Laborie Indoor Facility of St George on June 22-23.

Teams from Dominica, Haiti, Panama and hosts Grenada are preparing their forces to battle for the top two spots and the corresponding tickets to the next and final phase of qualification events. Each team is programmed to play twice a day on Saturday and Sunday.

The first match features Dominica against Panama followed by the encounter of Grenada and Haiti.

Panama, currently in 9th place of NORCECA rankings, and the 20th ranked Dominica topped their first round competitions held last year while No. 29 Haiti and No. 24 Grenada both finished in third position.

The Panamanians defeated El Salvador 25-18, 25-15, 25-11 to win Group G in 2012 while Dominica battled a fiery Antigua & Barbuda 26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 26-24 to top Group F last year.

The Group N marks the completion of the six women’s tournaments scheduled in 2013 within NORCECA, with the previous ones celebrated in Curacao, U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Guatemala.

Teams of Curacao, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Nicaragua and Guatemala claimed first place in those events, while St Lucia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, Jamaica and Guadeloupe finished in second place.

Besides the top qualified teams of Group N, the best third place ranked team as of January 2014 among the six tournaments, will get also a pass to the third round of four-team five tournaments that includes top-ranked teams of United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Competition Schedule:

June 22
09:00 Dominica v Panama
11:00 Grenada v Haiti
18:00 Panama v Haiti
20:00 Dominica v Grenada

June 23
09:00 Dominica v Haiti
11:00 Panama v Grenada
18:00 Third v Fourth

20:00 First v Second


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