Spikers maintain top ranking

Female volleyball players in the Cayman Islands continue to hold their own. 

According to the latest rankings from the North Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, Cayman’s ladies are still fifth out of 16 countries in the region. Cayman has 380 points, trailing only Guatemala (410 points), Mexico (520 points), Canada (720 points) and the US (760 points). 

The local ladies have been steadily competing on the 2013 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit. The tour’s fourth and most recent stop was in Toluca, Mexico last month where Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden placed ninth.  

Alexander and Wolfenden finished third in its pool, beating Veronique Berthelot and Kai Wright of French Saint Martin while losing to Diana Peguero and Nairobi Agramonte of the Dominican Republic and Olivia Meza and Zaira Orellana of Mexico. 

Cayman was one of 15 teams on the women’s side with the other competing countries including Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Trinidad and Tobago.  

Alexander and Wolfenden previously teamed up on the tour’s third stop in Guatemala back in April. They finished fifth, earning 140 points and US$500 for their efforts. At the Campo Marte Park in Guatemala City, the duo defeated Kathya Vasquez and Maria Vargas of El Salvador and local girls Londy Lucero, Astrid Ruano, Nadia Galan and Maria A. Orellana. Their lone defeat came to Guatemalans Maria Orellana and Anna Ramirez in the quarterfinals.  

Based on the current NORCECA tour standings, the ladies have outshined the men. Cayman’s male team is ranked tied for 12th, with the US Virgin Islands, with 105 points. Cayman sits ahead of the Bahamas (95 points), Honduras (80 points), Barbados (80 points), Aruba (55 points), Costa Rica (45 points) and Jamaica (25 points).  

The NORCECA tour makes its fifth stop on 21-26 August at Varadero Beach, Cuba. 

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Cristin Alexander often teams up with Jennifer Bily. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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Jessica Wolfenden has helped Cayman excel abroad.
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