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Discipline and hard work pay off for Sainz

Mexico's Seomara Sainz spikes the ball against Thailand at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014
Potsdam, Germany, March 11 , 2015 - Seomara Sainz has been quick to make her mark with German Bundesliga front runners Potsdam SC, since joining the club in 2014. The 19-year-old Mexican sensation has become a popular player in the German league and is set to take on a prominent role with Mexico at the 2015 edition of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

"It is a very different rhythm of play here, different to what it is in Mexico, because it is faster and you face taller players," she said, speaking about an experience that has helped her to improve her technique. "I have continued to train with the same intensity, however, because there is not a big difference on that level between playing in Germany and Mexico".

Discipline and hard work were key factors in Sainz's development under Argentinean coach Estanislao Vachino, when she played for the Baja California state teams in Mexico. Her coach Vachino remembers how talented she was:
"When I was in charge of youth and the junior national teams, everybody asked me who was the top prospect, and who could become one of the best in Mexico. I said that Seomara had the talent and qualities."

Vachino and Sainz
Mexico coach Vachino Estanislao with captain Seomara Sainz at the FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship in the Czech Republic in 2013

At a very young age, Sainz has already played Pan American Cups, Continental Championships, one edition of the Central American Games and even World Championships in different categories, featuring with Mexico at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014. In the same year, she and the Mexican team finished fourth at the Central American and Caribbean Games after a long and tough battle against Cuba for the bronze medals. Fans were disappointed but fortunate to attend a spectacular match at the Cordoba Arena, with Sainz one of the most popular youngsters on the court. Cuban Melissa Vargas also stood out as a signal of the bright future of the game in the NORCECA region.

Sainz returned to Mexico in November just for the
Central American and Caribbean Games, before returning to her club in Germany. There will be opportunities to see her in her home country again soon, however, once the Bundesliga season ends. Mexico also hosts World Grand Prix Pool O from June 26-28, when the local team will take on Colombia, Peru and Kenya in Group 3 of this year's edition of the FIVB's premier annual competition for women's national teams.

Family matters
"I feel so proud of her. Everytime she goes out to play, it has been a very great feeling for us as a family," said her sister Karla Giselle Sainz, who has also played for her country's youth and senior teams.

When Seomara was with the youth teams, Karla was the captain of the U20 unit that played the NORCECA continental championship in 2010 and also played at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez. One year later, she made the senior roster at the XVI Pan Am Games in Guadalajara.

After that process she focused on her studies, but her love for volleyball lives on, as it does in her family. Her father Guillermo worked as a physical education teacher and is a volleyball coach and scout. One of his duties is to identify promising players for the Baja California volleyball programme, which has gained international recognition with participation in tournaments in the United States. His mission is to discover more players with Seomara's skills and help them to develop their potential.


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