|The year 2006 has great importance for the Cuban women’s team, since the players will be participating in the Grand Prix after having begun their preparations with two important competitions: the Pan-American Cup in Puerto Rico and the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia. Towards the end of the year, the team will also head for Japan to participate in the World Championship.
The Cuban team has reached the final stages in the last two editions of the Grand Prix, finishing in fourth place on both occasions. The team’s goal for the 2006 edition is to return home with a medal.
Captain Yumilka Ruiz Luaces will front the group of Zoila Barros Fernández, Rosir Calderón Díaz, Daimi Ramiro Echevarria, Yaima OrtizCharro, Liana Mesa Luaces, Nancy Carrillo de la Paz and Dulce María Téllez Palacios, all participants in the last Olympic Games and with a desire to take back medals of the prestigious Grand Prix.
Grand Prix - 2001(4th place) - 2002 (7th place. - 2003 (11th place) - 2004 (4th place) - 2005 (4th place)
World Championship - 2002 (5th place)
Pan-American Games - 2003 (2nd place)
NORCECA Tournaments - 2001 (2nd place) - 2003 (2nd place) -2005 (2nd place)
Eugenio George Lafita was selected best Coach of the Century in a survey carried out by FIVB in 2000. He has achieved numerous outstanding results with the women’s team and has been sharing the Technical Management in the last few years with Felipe Calderon and supervises all the tasks of his staff members.
He is the only coach in the world who has achieved medals in all international volleyball events such as the Olympic Games (4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal), World Cups (3 gold medals and 2 silver medals), Champions Cups (1 gold medal), Grand Prix (2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal), Pan-American Games (7 gold medals and 1 silver medal), NORCECA Tournaments (10 gold medals and 6 silver medals).