The Cayman Islands hope to serve up upsets in Puerto Rico.
Cayman is sending its national beach volleyball teams to the next stop on the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2012 tour. Top players Cristin Alexander, Jennifer Bily, Richard Campbell, Philippe Deslandes, Shervin Rankin and Olney Thompson are among those expected to be in action on 22-27 August.
Bily met with and worked alongside NORCECA instructor Juan Cartagena last week and states she is looking forward to Puerto Rico.
“I’m thankful Juan was here and we want to make Cayman proud and hopefully get a top six spot on the circuit,” Bily said. “We’ll be training in Puerto Rico. Beach volleyball is our primary sport but, as Juan says, if we have to play indoors we’ll do it.”
Cartagena was in Cayman for the second time this year leading a youth clinic. The Puerto Rican was at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre teaching prodigies, like April Ebanks, volleyball fundamentals.
A level five Fédération Internationale de Volleyball coach, Cartagena stated Cayman has the potential to excel on the beach.
“I’m here with the goal of Cayman finishing in the top six on the next NORCECA circuit, starting in December,” Cartagena said. “I also want to get the teams ready for the world championships and draw from the pool of players to have more mens and womens teams.
“On the beach, Cayman can finish in the top three at the 2013 Island Games. Indoors, it’s a different story.”