Totally swamped!

Volleyball’s premier tournament in
the Caribbean and Americas region starts here on Friday and so popular and
respected is Grand Cayman’s staging of it that for the first time in the
tournament’s history eight extra teams have been accommodated.

The North, Central America and
Caribbean Volleyball Confederation series is being held at Public Beach from
25-27 March. Entry for all three days is free again.

Cristin Alexander, the current Miss
Cayman, who made her international debut in this tournament last year, will be
competing again with Jennifer ‘JB’ Bily, Cayman’s most experienced woman in the
sport.

The duo were at the Honouring
Women’s Month volleyball promotion at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana
Bay on Saturday. Cayman’s men’s team is seasoned vets Olney ‘OT’ Thompson and
Shervin Rankin.

Noel Williams, president of the
Cayman Islands Volleyball Association, said: “It’s very exciting for us that we
have 40 teams coming to Cayman. Never in the history of beach volleyball has
there been so many teams participating in one country. The maximum has always
been 32. It’s crazy. 

“Just imagine when the world tour
comes here! I have no doubt in my mind that it will be approved within a year.
We’re going to make it a first for the Caribbean.

“We have officials coming in from
the world volleyball federation, FIVB, that are going to put this weekend’s
draw all together on Thursday.”

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Bily and Alexander are Cayman’s female team.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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