Quest for top spots kicks off at Cayman Islands on Friday
SEVEN MILES BEACH, Grand Cayman, March 22, 2011. - The first
stage of the 2012 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour kicks off on
Friday in beautiful Seven Miles Beach with teams from 15
countries looking for the top spots in the elimination phase.
The first matter in the agenda during the Technical Meeting was
a special tribute from the National Federation of Cayman Islands
for player Danny Wilson from Jamaica who passed away last
December; all present offered a minute of silence in his honor.
18 Teams in the women’s division distributed according to the
2011 NORCECA Ranking, will battle in a Double Elimination format
beginning with two matches simultaneously between Michelle
Moriarty/Traci Weamer (USA-2) and Sadia Baptiste/Jamilla
Lansiquot (LCA); and Veronique Berthelot/Cécile Pougeol (FSM)
and Sharon Payne/Rosemarie Simon (ANT).
While in the men´s division, a Pool Play system was established,
in which the best two of each pool will advance to the next
round. Pool Composition: Pool A PUR, CAY-1, IVS, CAY-3
Pool B DOM, ESA, SKN, FSM Pool C CAN, TRI, ANT, CAY-2
Pool D GUA, USA, CAN-2, LCA. The first match presents
Hector Belardo/Jerall Nicholas (ISV) against Philippe Deslandes/
Duncan Haymann (CAY-3).
Arnaldo Sanchez, Competition Director, supervised the
Preliminary Inquiry and Technical Meetings held on Thursday, he
explained the competition system and with a draw teams with no
ranking were distributed.
Hall of Famer Sinjin Smith and NORCECA’S Delegate, was pleased
to announce that the FIVB is opening more opportunities for the
NORCECA Confederation that motivates our tour to be better every
year. On behalf of Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, President of NORCECA
he declared the 2012 Tour opened.
President of Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation, Mr. Noel
Williams, gave a warm welcoming to the players and was glad to
see new comers to the tour.