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Old 04-15-2008, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Morales-Alfaro and Araya-Guevara crowned in Costa Rica


The final matches of the Twentieth Costa Rican National Beach Volleyball Championship were well fought elevating to a high level the emotions of the fans who resisted the persistent drizzle and cold weather last Sunday at Parque Metropolitano.



Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro (Total Natural) confirmed their supremacy as the best women Costa Rican pair but this time they needed to utilize their best abilities and skills to defeat Ivette Alas and Marianela Alfaro (Cristal) by score of 22-20, 21-19.



It was the fourth consecutive national title for the tandem of Morales-Alfaro and Ingrid was crowned as queen of the beach for her six overall championships.



Not less emotional was the men’s final where the team of Marcelo Araya and Jonathan Guevara (Cristal) edged the duo of Gilberto and Alex Villegas (Pedregal Gatorade) 23-25, 21-15, 16-14 for their third straight national crown.



The players awarded were the following:

Best women player: Ingrid Morales; Best Men Player: Jonathan Guevara; Women Rookie of the Year: Marcela Araya; Men Rookie of the Year: Grey Porras.



Early on Sunday, Viviana Murillo and Angie Vargas defeated Cristina Monterrey-Marianela Vargas and Marcela Araya-Laura Wolfe beat Angelica Jimenez-Erica Ceciliano por the titles in the U-18 and U-21 categories.



Meanwhile, Marcos and Hernan Chavez won the crown in the Men’s U-18 division with a victory over Ariel Villarreal and Edson Chaves. The title in the U-21 went to Mateo Andreola-Emanuel Moreira, winners over Marvin Arlet and Jorge Arce.



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Default Media workshops announced for Guatemala and El Salvador

A workshop for the media covering the beach volleyball tournaments in Guatemala and El Salvador will be conducted by Dr. Roosevelt Comarazamy, the NORCECA Press Officer.



The workshop is being coordinated by the FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic and the support of the NORCECA Confederation, while the exchange with the media will be organized by the National Federations of those countries.



Prof. Nelson Ramirez, director of the development center, considered both beach volleyball events as ideal vehicles to relay the media of those countries the information about the way FIVB and NORCECA handle their operations with the press.



He also acknowledged the support and enthusiasm received from Mr. Cristobal Marte, president of NORCECA, in order to realize this initiative.



Mr. Comarazamy, who has been the NORCECA Press Officer for the past five years, informed that the workshop will comprise the following items:



Reports and description of the matches, the importance of using the statistics, the organization of the press room, VIS system, guidelines for photographers, and for the press directors and press delegates.



Also, the workshop will include: the importance of the press for the development of volleyball and beach volleyball as a major sport, the FIVB image, the impact of internet among other topics.



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Default USA Announces Coaches for NORCECA’s U-20 and U-18

USA Volleyball announced the coaching staffs for the Women’s Junior National Team and the Girls’ Youth National Team for the upcoming 2008 season.



Paula Weishoff, head women’s volleyball coach at Concordia University Irvine, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will compete at the NORCECA U-20 Continental Championship July 20-28 in Saltillo, Mexico. She will be assisted by UCLA Assistant Coach Kim Jagd and Texas A&M University Assistant Coach John Corbelli.



Jim Stone, former head women’s volleyball coach at The Ohio State University, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that will compete at the NORCECA U-18 Continental Championship July 3-11 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He will be assisted by University of West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter and TCA Volleyball Club Director and Head Coach Neil Mason.



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Default Cuban pairs looking for good things in Guatemala

Cubans Ion Canet-Nirian Sinal and Leonel Munder-Yoendy Kindelán are preparing themselves for the second phase of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit in Guatemala City on April 18-20 where they look to maintain their podiums.



The women tandem hope again to dominate their opponents as they did in the tour’s opening competition on the sands of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic and continue their lead in the rankings, since this tournament grant points for the Central American and Caribbean Games of Puerto Rico in 2010.



Meanwhile, their fellow countrymen will attempt to repeat last year’s performance of Cuba when the same Central American site hosted the second leg and the pair of Kindelán-Yuniesky Ramírez grabbed the gold at the popular Complejo Deportivo Campo de Marte, in the downtown area of the Guatemalan capital.



This time Kindelan repeats, as he hopes, now along with Munder, to erase the lackluster image they left in Boca Chica where they finished in fifth place in the opening of the Second Tour of the North Central American and Caribbean Confederation.



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Default USA Women will meet Brazil in a three-match series

USA Volleyball, in conjunction with NBC and the U.S. Olympic Committee, will host three matches as part of a 2008 Olympic Exhibition series between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Brazil during June 11-14 prior to the FIVB World Grand Prix and the Olympic Games in Beijing.



Both the United States and Brazilian women’s teams qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games with medal-stand performances at the 2007 FIVB World Cup. Brazil finished with the silver medal at the World Cup, while the U.S. finished with the bronze despite defeating their exhibition match opponent in head-to-head competition during the World Cup.



“The Olympic Exhibition series with Brazil will be a great opportunity for our team to make final preparations for the World Grand Prix, and ultimately, the 2008 Olympic Games,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach ‘Jenny’ Lang Ping said. “For the first time in two years, our team will have the chance to play here in the United States in front of a home crowd with a television broadcast for the last exhibition match allowing more fans to watch us, thanks to NBC.”



The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is currently ranked fourth in the FIVB World Ranking. Brazil leads the international ranking, followed by Italy and Cuba.



At the conclusion of the 2008 Olympic Exhibition series, the U.S. and Brazil will compete in the 12-team FIVB World Grand Prix in various European and Asian countries from June 20-July 13. The two teams will not face each other in any of the three preliminary round weekends, but could meet in the six-team, round-robin World Grand Prix Final round in Yokohama, Japan.



The 2008 Olympic Exhibition series with Brazil, along with the World Grand Prix and the Pan American Cup (scheduled for May 30-June 8), will assist the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff in making its choices for the 12-player Olympic Games roster.



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Default USA Men to play against Argentina

USA Volleyball, in conjunction with NBC and the U.S. Olympic Committee, will host an Olympic Exhibition volleyball match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Argentina on May 27 in Irvine, California.



The U.S. Men’s National Team is ranked third in the world and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by winning the NORCECA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January in Puerto Rico. Argentina is ranked sixth in the world and will be vying for an Olympic berth at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament on May 31-June 8 in Tokyo, Japan.



The 2008 Olympic Games begin with the Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 8 and the volleyball competition will begin the next day with men’s and women’s teams alternating their competition days.



“We are really looking forward to playing Argentina in front of our home crowd in Orange County,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon. “This will be a great way for our team to warm up for World League and help us to make some decisions about our Olympic roster.”



Since 1981, the U.S. Men have a 38-8 record against Argentina. The teams played three times in 2007, with Team USA winning all three matches in three sets.



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