Guadeloupe an enigma in NORCECA Women’s Pool P
La Romana, Dominican Republic, May 14, 2014 - The teams and coaches participating in NORCECA Women’s Pool P are all aware of the talent available to hosts the Dominican Republic, who are ranked eighth in the world. A veil of mystery surrounds Guadeloupe, however, who only recently began to play regularly in regional NORCECA events.
Coaches with their sights focused on a second place here, in order to get a last chance for a ticket to the FIVB Women’s World Championships in Italy, first need to figure out the mystery represented by the French island located in the Eastern Caribbean.
“We all know the strengths and quality of the Dominican Republic, but we don’t know anything about Guadeloupe,” Nicaragua’s Rene Quintana said.
And El Salvador's Nery Henriquez commented: “We know very little about Guadeloupe, only that they won a set against Guatemala and that’s all.”
The coaches involved in Pool P gathered at the General Technical Meeting preceding the tournament and commented on their goals and feelings ahead of the matches at the City Hall of La Romana.
Nicaraguan coach Rene Quintana hopes his team will progress to the next round. “When you come to a competition of this caliber, you always try to make the best effort looking to advance to the next level. We know the playing style of El Salvador and we also know how strong the Dominican Republic are, but we don’t know anything about Guadeloupe. Our goal is to go to the next round.”
Nery Henríquez, coach of El Salvador, said: “We have a very young team but with the experience of participating in the previous rounds. We hope to have the best result possible. For my team, just playing in this round is a big achievement. We know Nicaragua very well but very little about Guadeloupe, only that they won a set against Guatemala. The Dominicans are a powerful team.”
Marcos Kwiek, coach of the Dominican Republic, looked ahead to a busy year. “We know the level of our team but we also respect the game and the opponents so our plan is to play as hard as we can against the team on the other side of the court in every match. Our team is well prepared for the competition, the first of the year in a very busy calendar.”
Pascal Douglas, coach of Guadeloupe, pointed to his team's successes so far. “We have continued playing through the first two rounds and hope to continue to the next level. It is going to be very difficult but we will make the impossible to go to the next round. To take part at this level is a beautiful experience for my team.”