Cuba and the Dominican Republic will be among the eight teams visiting the Ralston Arena to challenge Team USA in the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship in September.
The Dominicans were the fifth-place finisher at the 2012 Summer Olympics when the United States won the silver medal. Cuba owns Olympic golds from 1992, 1996 and 2000.
“People in the Omaha area will get to see all the other strong teams in our zone, and that is probably headed by Dominican Republic, who had a really strong finish in the London Olympics,” said Karch Kiraly, the U.S. National Team head coach. “Dominican Republic is always a very dangerous opponent, as is Cuba, who has a great, great tradition of volleyball success.”
Team USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and holds a 10-1 record during the 2013 season.
The NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship starts Sept. 16 with three days of pool play (three pools of three teams). Quarterfinal rounds start Sept. 19 and lead to the medal round on Sept. 21.
Joining the U.S., Cuba and Dominican Republic in the NORCECA field are Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The winner of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship will earn a spot in the season-ending FIVB Grand Champions Cup.
According to Omaha Sports Commission President Harold Cliff, Team USA will play in the 8 p.m. game every night. Pool assignments will be known later this week.
All-session, two-day packages and single-day tickets are available by visiting the Ralston Arena box office or www.homepridetix.com, or by calling 800-440-3741.