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UWI, MONA CAMPUS WELCOMES FOREIGN TEAMS TO JAMAICA FOR 6TH INTERNATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Kingston, Jamaica: Top regional and international volleyball teams from Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados and the USA will begin arriving on the island tomorrow afternoon for the 2011 staging of the annual UWI Pelican International Volleyball Competition this weekend at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

The tournament slated for November 18 -20, will see the congregation of some 18 teams for what has become a landmark event on the Mona Campus' sporting calendar. One of the few consistent opportunities for local players to put their skills against international talent, the Pelican Invitational continues to play a great role in improving the overall standard of Club play in the island. 

"This year we anticipate a very competitive event that exhibits camaraderie and team work amongst the players", says Director of Sports for the University of the West Indies, Dalton Myers, "The success of the event over the years speaks to the commitment of the UWI to create mediums through which talented athletes can compete with other players from the region and the wider International volleyball community. Again we expect the UWI Volleyball Club to be victorious at the end of the competition as we have been in various other volleyball competitions across the globe".

The UWI team fresh from victory in the Cayman Airways Spikefest in Grand Cayman has a long history of success with the pelican invitational.

In 2006 UWI dominated the competition in the male and female categories for first place. In 2007 Cuban National Junior Team captured first place prize in the female category and Local team Vikings for the males. In 2008, UWI again mined the first place prize in the women's category and Vikings for the male. In 2009 Technocrats from Trinidad for the first time, took first place in the female category while Vikings successfully defended their title in the male category.

In 2010, The UWI females rose to the top again to take home the first place, while first time victors, Scotia Defenders took one home for the male team.

The prize purse this year stands at US$1000 each for the top Male and Female teams, with additional prizes in both genders for Best Blocker, Setter, Server, Passer, among other.

The tournament will take place at the UWI Gymnasium at the Mona Bowl. All games begin at 10am each day and end at 11pm with the Finals scheduled for 5.30pm on Sunday.

 

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