Spiking start to volleyball tryouts

More than 20 women turned up for the first day of tryouts at the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation prepares to select a national team to compete in the FIVB World Championship Qualifiers later this year.

The Cayman Islands will host Group C of the competition in November. Also pooled in that group are: Bahamas, Bonaire and Curacao.

CIVF women tryouts 2In preparation for that, head coach Mark Ray is leading the tryouts to select around a dozen players to represent the Cayman Islands. The tryouts are being held Tuesdays (7:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (6:30 p.m.) at the First Baptist Church Hall on Crewe Road.

“We are looking for more people to come out because we want to identify as much talent as we can and try to get the best,” CIVF President Kennedy McGowan told CaymanSportsBuzz.com as training got underway.

“We don’t have a lot of time to play with, so we want to be able to select the best players that we can to represent us. It is open now for the next couple of weeks for any volleyball players to come and participate in the tryouts,” he added.

Head Coach Mark Ray holds court.

Head Coach Mark Ray holds court.

With Cayman having become a popular destination for beach volleyball players on the NORCECA circuit, McGowan said the CIVF is turning its attention to indoor volleyball.

“A lot more focus is going to be on indoor volleyball and, in particular, the clubs. We’re working with the clubs to support and develop them towards national levels so that we can invite teams to come down to play against our local teams and when it’s time for us to participate in international competitions at a national level, we’ll have better quality players that we can perform and represent Cayman,” he said.

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