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18th Edition
6 - 29 August 2010

 PUR / Puerto Rico - Team Composition

Team manager Mr. Juan M. CARTAGENA
Head coach Mr. Carlos Cardona
Assistant coach Ms. Yarelis RODRIGUEZ
Therapist / trainer Mr. Victor CORREA
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  L 1 Debora Seilhamer Seilhamer 4/10/1985 166 61 245 240 Cataño
  2   Xaimara Colon Colon 11/09/1988 176 62 255 246 Juncos
  C 3 Vilmarie Mojica Mojica 13/08/1985 180 63 295 288 Juncos
  4   Tatiana Encarnación Encarnacion 28/07/1985 182 72 300 279 Lancheras de Catano
  5 Sarai Alvarez Alvarez 3/04/1986 183 61 295 286 Mayaguez
  6   Yarimar Rosa Rosa 20/06/1988 178 62 295 285 Juncos
  7 Stephanie Enright Enright 15/12/1990 179 56 300 292 Caguas
  8   Shirley Ferrer Ferrer 23/06/1991 180 63 290 293 Aibonito
  9 Aurea Cruz Cruz 10/01/1982 180 63 310 290 Carolina
  10   Shanon Torregrosa Wingate 11/02/1981 188 85 301 297 Catano
  11 Karina Ocasio Ocasio 1/08/1985 192 76 298 288 Caguas
  12   Michelle Nogueras Nogueras 5/12/1988 179 58 275 262 Carolina
  13 Raimariely Santos Santos 13/04/1992 180 68 284 280 Leonas de Ponce
  14   Glorimar Ortega Ortega 21/11/1983 179 70 297 285 Caguas
  L 15 Shara Venegas Venegas 18/09/1992 173 68 280 272 Caguas
  16   Alexandra Oquendo Oquendo 3/02/1984 189 75 297 284 Catano
  17 Sheila Ocasio Ocasio 17/11/1982 195 74 310 292 Juncos
  18   Jetzabel Del Valle Del Valle 19/12/1979 185 73 305 292 Humacao
  19 Diana Reyes Reyes 29/04/1993 188 86 290 285 Caguas
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Puerto Rico is currently ranked No. 14 in the world by the FIVB and this is their second appearance at the FIVB World Grand Prix.

For the new Olympic cycle, Puerto Rico has veteran coach Carlos Cardona leading the team. Cardona is also the coach for the Puerto Rico’s Men National Team.

A third-straight FIVB World Championship qualification, reaching the medal rounds in NORCECA Championships and Olympic Games berth are some of the goals of this team.

The FIVB Grand Prix is a major tool for the team's plans since it gives them the opportunity to face the world's elite teams each game.

Puerto Rico qualified for the 2009 Grand Prix by finishing as one of the top three NORCECA teams at the 2008 Pan American Cup along with USA and Dominican Republic.

Puerto Rico qualified to this FIVB World Grand Prix after defeated the USA in 2009 (Miami) in the game for the Bronze Medal.

Puerto Rico will work hard as they intend to become a regular fixture in this, their second straight appearance in the Grand Prix.

Last year, in their debut at the Grand Prix, Puerto Rico just won one game over Russia, seeking this year a best performance with a team that is a mix of talent and experienced players. The goal for this team is to back in the best 10 teams in the World.

Coach profile


Carlos Cardona was born in the city of Rosario, Argentina. After graduation, he began a successful coaching career that included stints in the Argentina National League and Italy League A-1 (Grottazzolina, Petrolifano and Gioia). He also worked in the Italian B-1 League (Grottazzolina and Piceno).

Upon his arrival in Puerto Rico in 2003, Cardona coached the San Juan Playeros in the Puerto Rico Men's Professional League. During that time, he had a number of successful seasons and once led the team to the Final Series and various semifinals. He was named coach for the Puerto Rico’s Men National Team too.

Cardona has been retained for the new Olympic Cycle by the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation as Head Technical Director of their National Programs.

After some great successes with the Puerto Rico’s Men Team, Cardona, is also now the coach for the Women's National Team.

With Cardona as the Head Technical Director of the Puerto Rico’s National Programs, the Women’s team earned their first medal (Bronze) at the Panamerican Cup in Miami 2009 and their first medal (Silver) at the NORCECA Championship this year in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Cardona will work as the Head Coach for the Women’s Team starting with the IX Panamerican Cup, the XXI Central Americans and Caribbean Games, The World Grand Prix and the FIVB World Championships.


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