|Team USA is looking to regain the form that made it Olympic champion last year|
Lausanne, October 8, 2009 —
With the international Volleyball season quickly coming to a close, eight teams
from the NORCECA region are converging on Bayamon, Puerto Rico this weekend for
a chance to prolong their involvement in world-class matches into November.
The teams will be competing
at the 2009 NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship from October 12-17, with the
winner qualifying for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan from
Only two teams have ever
won the NORCECA event, Cuba (13 times) and the United States (7 times), but
that doesn’t mean the other participants don’t have what it takes to pull off
an upset at the tournament.
The top-ranked Americans
are three-time defending champions of the event, having last won on home soil
in 2007. They will face Canada, Mexico and Panama in Group B, while Cuba will
go up against Barbados, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in Group A.
Cuba has recently improved
its FIVB world ranking from 18th to 12th after a fourth-place finish in the
2009 World League. Puerto Rico will enjoy a home-court advantage.
The Americans, on the other
hand, are fresh off fight straight losses to Brazil in a series of friendlies in
the South American country.
“The important thing for us to do is be really concerned with our side of the
net and how we prepare for each opponent,” U.S. head coach Alan Knipe said. “It’s
the first time all summer that we have had the opportunity to choose our roster
from almost all the guys in the program. We’re excited to get down there.”
Awaiting the NORCECA
champion at the World Grand Champions Cup are hosts Japan, South American
champion Brazil, European titleholders Poland, Asian representative Iran, and
African champion and wild card Egypt.
Opening Round Schedule
Group ASept. 12
Cuba vs. Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico vs. Barbados
Barbados vs. Cuba
Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic vs. Barbados
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba
Group BSept. 12
USA vs. Mexico
Canada vs. Panama
Mexico vs. Canada
Panama vs. USA
Mexico vs. Panama
USA vs. Canada
Past NORCECA Champions
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