NORCECA chiefs target Cayman leg

Regional volleyball officials are keen to start a fresh season in the Cayman Islands.

The organizers and promoters of the different tournaments comprising the 2013 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Circuit recently held a one-day meeting in Santo Domingo to discuss preparations for this year’s campaign.

“It was a very productive meeting in anticipation of what we hope will be a successful beach volleyball season,” NORCECA President Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz said. “We had the opportunity to exchange the experiences of last year and improve the organization of our tournaments in all the aspects.”

The sites of 10 tournaments were confirmed while five other hosts are still to be decided before the end of the month. For the fifth consecutive year, the season will begin in Cayman on 20-25 March, at Grand Cayman’s Public Beach, before action shifts to Guatemala on 17-22 April.

Beach action then continues in Toluca, Mexico (5-10 June), Varadero, Cuba (21-26 August), Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (5-8 September), Mazatlán, Mexico (11-16 September), San Diego, USA (2-7 October), St. Lucia (9-14 October), Punta Arenas, Costa Rica (30 October-4 November) and Trinidad and Tobago (13-18 November).

Prize money is expected to go up to US$16,000 for each tour stop. Under the guidance of the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation, more teams have stormed Cayman’s shores each year.

In 2012, Cayman had a good showing as host nation as Shervin Rankin and Richard Campbell advanced to the quarterfinals. The other male tandems of Philippe Deslandes and Duncan Hamann along with Andrew Gordon and Olney Thompson were eliminated during group play. The lady pair of Jennifer Bily and Cristin Alexander were knocked out in the preliminary stages.

This year, NORCECA could unveil a new electronic scoring sheet in Cayman. The device will be tested in several competitions ahead of a permanent adoption of the system in 2014.

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