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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

 DOM / Dominican Republic - Team Composition

Team manager Ruben Andisin
Head coach Marcos Kwiek
Assistant coach Wagner Pacheco
Doctor Milciades Albert
Therapist / trainer Wilson Sanchez
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Annerys Victoria Vargas Valdez Valdez 7/08/1981 196 70 327 320 Seleccion Nacional
  2   Rossy Dahiana Burgos Herrera Burgos 7/04/1985 184 70 305 300 Seleccion Nacional
  3 Lisvel Elisa Eve Mejia Eve 10/09/1991 194 90 325 315 Puerto Plata
  4   Marianne Fersola Norberto Fersola 16/01/1992 191 60 315 310 Mirador
  L 5 Brenda Castillo Castillo 5/06/1992 167 55 245 230 San Cristobal
  6   Carmen Rosa Caso Sierra Caso 29/11/1981 168 59 240 230 Mirador
  7 Niverka Dharlenis Marte Frica Marte 19/10/1990 178 71 295 283 Deportivo Nacional
  8   Candida Estefany Arias Perez Arias 11/03/1992 194 68 320 315 San Cristobal
  9 Erasma Moreno Martinez Moreno 25/11/1991 186 75 304 289 Monte Plata
  C 10   Milagros Cabral de la Cruz Cabral 17/10/1978 182 63 325 320 Los Cachorros
  11 Jeoselyna Rodriguez Santos Rodriguez 9/12/1991 187 63 325 315 Mirador
  12   Karla Miguelina Echenique Medina Echenique 16/05/1986 180 65 279 300 Mirador
  13 Marisol Concepcion Contreras Concepcion 10/11/1991 191 75 310 315 Mirador
  14   Prisilla Rivera Brens Rivera 29/12/1984 186 67 309 305 San Pedro
  15 Camil Inmaculada Dominguez Martinez Dominguez 7/12/1991 176 75 285 270 Mirador
  16   Marifranchi Rodriguez Rodriguez 29/08/1990 190 68 310 300 Mirador
  17 Gina Altagracia Mambru Casilla Mambru 21/01/1986 182 65 330 315 Los Cachorros
  18   Yeniffer Cristina Ramirez Espinal Ramirez 17/03/1993 183 67 285 289 Mirador
  19 Ana Yorkira Binet Stephens Binet 9/02/1992 174 58 280 260 Samana
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The year 2009 has been a challenging yet extraordinary year for the Dominican Republic Women’s National Team, with several of the team’s key players injured and junior players coming in to fill the gaps.

During the VIII Pan American Cup, the Dominicans won Pool A with a 3-0 record and then won come-from-behind, five-set battles against United States and Puerto Rico in the semifinal and final. In the gold-medal contest, they survived five-match points in the fourth set before prevailing 32-30.

The team was the subject of many accolades and recognition after arriving home following the Pan American victory. The players were called “Queens of Volleyball” by the local media who noted that the win capped the completion of a Golden Regional Cycle of titles won at the Central American and Caribbean Games, Pan American Games, Pan American Cup and the NORCECA Continental.
The year marked a great leap forward for the Dominican Republic after some lean years recently.

In 2007, several injuries affected top players, who were unable to take part in the 15th Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nevertheless, the team's junior players were able to perform at their best during this important intercontinental event and the Dominicans finished fifth.

The Dominicans finished 11th at the FIVB 2007 World Grand Prix events, and, with key players back, the bronze medal was secured at the 6th Pan American Women's Volleyball Cup held in Colima, Mexico. After an exciting match against USA, the Dominican girls prevailed 25-19, 26-28, 25-18, 28-26.

During the 2007 NORCECA Continental Women's Volleyball Championship, held in the city of Winnipeg, Canada, the Dominican Republic also claimed the bronze with victory over Canada 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13.

The Dominicans hopes of qualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were dashed after they were beaten by Canada 3-0 (24-26, 17-25, 19-25) in the semifinals of the Women's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in December 2007 and they eventually finished fourth after losing the bronze-medal match 3-2 to Puerto Rico.

Earlier this year the team finished 11th at the World Grand Prix with a 1-8 record.

Now everything is focused on the World Grand Champions Cup and preparing for the 2010 Women's World Championship in Japan, after the Dominicans became the first team to qualify for the Final Round along with defending champions Russia and the hosts, who received byes. The Dominicans dominated NORCECA Pool H, going undefeated at the four-nation tournament without dropping a single set.

It has been a long journey to this point for the Dominican women's team.

Volleyball was introduced in the Dominican Republic in 1916 by the United States Marine Corps and they played in their first international event in 1934, with the Caribbean Volleyball Tournament being held in Port of Prince, Haiti.

In 1974 in Mexico, the Women's National Team played in their first FIVB World Championship. They also took part in the 1978 World Championship in Moscow, Russia.

In 1997, the Dominican Women claimed bronze at the NORCECA Continental Championship. In 1998, they qualified for the World Championship in Japan and finished in the top 10. They also participated in the 2002 World Championship in Germany.

At the 2003 World Cup, the qualifying event for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the National Team finished 10th.

In December 2003, because of non-qualification in the World Cup, the Dominican Girls participated in the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament in Santo Domingo, finishing second to qualify for the Intercontinental Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.

This historical event saw the National Team finish with an undefeated record, winning every match 3-0 against Venezuela, Argentina and Peru to qualify for the Olympics for the first time.

Participating for the second time in the World Grand Prix in 2005, the girls from Santo Domingo battled strongly against USA and Germany to finish 11th overall.

The Dominican Republic Women's National Team then qualified for a fifth time for the World Championship, finishing second at the World Championship Qualification Tournament, NORCECA-E, in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

In their third consecutive participation in the World Grand Prix in 2006, the National Team finished eighth after obtaining second place in the Poland stage of the competition, finishing ahead of USA and the hosts.






Coach profile

Dominican Women's National Team coach Marcos Kwiek enters the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup with optimism after his team’s gold-medal victory at the 2009 NORCECA Continental Championship to qualify for this important event for the first time.

"Our goal at the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup will be to finish among the top four teams," Kwiek said.

Achievements at recent international competitions include:

2008 FIVB World Grand Prix: 8th place

2008 I Final Four Cup: Silver medal

2008 Salonpas Cup: 5th place

2009 China International Tournament: 2nd place

2009 VIII Women's Pan American Cup: Silver medal

2010 World Championship Qualification Tournament: Gold medal

2009 II Final Four Cup: Silver medal

2009 FIVB World Grand Prix: 11th place

2009 NORCECA Women's Continental Championship: Gold medal and qualification for the 2009 Grand Champions Cup


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