Cayman are now ranked ninth out of 21 countries on the 2013 North Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Circuit. Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden dropped from the seventh spot after placing 14th out of 16 teams at the latest NORCECA tour stop in Chula Vista, California.
Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation public relations officer Carl Brown said in spite of the girls’ recent form, it remains a proud feat for Cayman to rank within the top 10.
“That progress comes with great investment in the program,” Brown said. “We’re getting more financial support from companies like Sand Angels, who are committed to sponsoring the girls. Waterman’s sponsors the men too and that’s all come about this year. They’re both sponsoring our players’ attire and uniform and it gives comfort to our athletes because that’s one less thing to worry about.”
Alexander and Wolfenden lost all four of their matches in the San Diego metropolitan area last weekend. Cayman was defeated by Puerto Ricans Darian Acevedo and Vanessa Velez 21-17, 21-16, then lost to Katherine Quesada and Eugenia Ramirez of Costa Rica 21-13, 21-9 before ending group play with a 21-16, 21-15 loss to Canada’s Claudia Seguin and Brandie Wilkerson.
The local girls ended their tournament run with a 21-8, 21-18 defeat to El Salvador’s Ivonne Soler and Laura Molina in the consolation bracket.
As a result, Cayman has 435 points and trail Puerto Rico (490 points) and Honduras (535 points). Local ladies are ahead of 10th ranked El Salvador, who have 345 points. The tour’s next stop is in St. Lucia this weekend, from Friday to Sunday.
Cayman’s male players have also dropped in the NORCECA tour rankings and now sit 16th of 20 teams with 130 points.