World class volleyball returns to the Cayman Islands on Friday and the newly formed women’s team of Jennifer ‘JB’ Bily and Cristin Alexander is itching to do battle with the region’s best after months of intensive training.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation series is at Public Beach from 25-27 March. Entry for all three days is free again.
Alexander, the current Miss Cayman, who made her international debut in this tournament last year, will be competing again with seasoned campaigner Bily, Cayman’s most experienced woman in the sport. Cayman’s men’s team is once again Olney ‘OT’ Thompson and Shervin Rankin.
The women’s team attended the Honouring Women’s Month volleyball promotion at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay on Saturday where Bily, who has overcome cartilage surgery on both her knees, said: “We’re really excited. We’ve been training really hard.
“The pros are coming out early, the wind is challenging but we’re really just feeling the vibe.
“To be honest, it’s a daily negotiation to deal with the knees. I had bi-lateral surgery on them last September, so I’m just concentrating on getting strong enough in the gym and on the sand and I’m prepared to throw the kitchen sink at them and do what I have to do to win.
“I’m feeling much stronger than last year so I’m happy with that.”
Bily, 39, partnered Wanda Brenton in the previous two NORCECA competitions here and abroad, but she is about to having her first child so Alexander stepped up.
Bily said: “Wanda and I had some history together and I do miss her but with Cristin it is a new partnership but we’ve had three or four tournaments under our belts and the chemistry is really good. A little bit of the old and new, so it’s a nice balance and we communicate well.
“I’m so proud of Cristin, she’s been really committed to the training so I’m excited to see how we do and I think we can surprise ourselves.”