The Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) will be hosting Group E of the 2014 Women's World Volleyball Championship Qualifier at the University of Technology (UTech) Auditorium next week Thursday and Friday.
The qualifier will see Jamaica's senior women's volleyball team in competition against favourites Barbados, Aruba and Cayman Islands in a round-robin format at first.
Jamaica will play at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the first day and 11 a.m. on Friday.
After the completion of the round-robin series, the teams will be ranked and the first-place team will play the fourth-place team, while second will play third to determine the top three teams which will advance to the next round of qualifiers.
Simultaneously, a fired-up senior men's volleyball team, led by captain Dellan Brown, will travel to Curaçao on Thursday, November 29 to compete in their first-round qualifier against defending Caribbean champions The Bahamas, Martinique and the hosts. Matches will be played December 1-2.
"Our volleyball programme at the senior level is not where we want it to be as yet, but I'm very happy about the direction in which we are going," stated Major Warrenton Dixon, president of JaVA.
"Our local-based players have been in training since April 2012, and although there has been significant challenges getting them to train at a convenient venue (after work), we have done what we can and are excited for the future of volleyball. There will be five of our foreign-based players on the team - Lecia Brown, Naima Stennett, Avaniki Campbell, Sashalee Wallen and Makini Thompson.
"Unfortunately, some of our other very potent foreign-based players, like Joylene Thompson who is accumulating accolades for herself in the US intercollegiate league, are not available to represent us at this time.
"Our future is bright, and I hope Jamaica will also become infused with excitement for volleyball and we can together make fast progress to becoming world beaters," Dixon said.
Funding for participation in both qualifiers has been provided in the main by NORCECA Volleyball Confederation and the Sports Development Foundation.