NORCECA Continental Cup gets underway in Nicaragua


SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua, February 12, 2015 – The Central American Zonal Tournament of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup serves off on Thursday at the beautiful San Juan del Sur Beach in Nicaragua.


The seven countries of the region have registered their teams –two per gender- and are set to compete for the pass to the next round of the qualification process towards the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 2016.


The competition format foresees country versus country clashes with the teams seeded according to the current NORCECA ranking. In case of a tie, the series will be decided by a “Golden Set” up to 15 points.


The top four countries will represent the Central American Zone in the next round of the NORCECA Continental Cup.


Bertha Cuadra, president of the Nicaraguan Volleyball Federation, expressed her gratitude to the Presidency of Nicaragua and NORCECA “for their invaluable support and confidence since thank to them we are able to organize this tournament that will have all the countries of the region battling for spots in the next round.”


She also thanked the Major of San Juan del Sur, Rosa Elena Bello for the logistic support as well as all the sponsors.


The teams registered are the following:


Women teams


Belize: Jasmine Anderson/Kelsey Balderamos and Tichele Solis/Tisha Solis. Costa Rica: Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro and Eugenia Ramirez/Katherine Quesada. El Salvador: Laura Molina/Nadia Soler and Kathya Vasquez/Maria F. Vargas. Guatemala: Blanca Recinos/Anna Ramirez and María Jose Orellana/María Andrea Orellana. Honduras: Arleth Cornejo/Christianne Etches and Sidney Moncada/Miriam Lobo. Nicaragua: Lolette Rodríguez/Elia Torres and Claudia Machado/Osiris Patricia Juarez. Panama: Erlin Castillo/Keisy Caballero and Yileen Ng/Iris Urrunaga


Men teams


Belize: Jason Cabral/Gustavo Morataya and Juan Marin/Ronnie Sosa. Costa Rica: Julio Alvarez/Diego Alpizar and Bryan Monge/Zlatko Piskulich. El Salvador: Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala and Carlos Escobar/David Vargas. Guatemala: Andy Leonardo/Erick Garrido and Julio Recinos/Luis García. Honduras: Manuel Serrano/Randall Vigil and Wilfredo Vega/Mercuri Miller. Nicaragua: Ruben Mora/Gerson Contreras and Gerald Umaña/Dany Lopez. Panama: Oswald Marshall/Domingo Avila and Elmer Valdez/Jose González