Trinidad Tobago senior women’s volleyball team is going to make a mark in history when they host a 4-Team Group Three series in the 8-Team FIVP Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017 qualifiers from July 14 to 16 at the National Cycling Centre, Balmain, Couva.
Except for Cuba, which withdrew from the games, the 27 countries left over from the 2016 edition automatically qualified.
Belguin, Brazil, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Russia, China, USA, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Japan and Thailand are the top 12 squads who will make up the nine throngs of four teams over the conduit of their three groups of Group One qualifiers. The 12 teams were selected in nine clusters of four teams and in each cluster; the teams will play in round robin format.
The upshot of all nine clusters will join together in one ranking list and the hosts and the top five teams in standing will compete in the concluding round in China. On the other hand, the last ranked team after the transnational round could be demoted if the winners of the Group Two Final Round in Czech Republic can obtain the promotion requirements established by the FIVB. Bulgaria, South Korea, Argentina, Germany, Kazakhstan, Canada, Poland, Peru, Croatia, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Colombia belong to Group Two which will also fight in round-robin format.
Similar procedure for the games for Group 1 will be utilized for Group 2.
Group 3 consist of Australia, Trinidad Tobago, Mexico, Hungary, Algeria, France, Venezuela and Cameroon. Again same game rules apply to Group 3.
From July 7 to 9, Cameroon will compete with Venezuela, France and Algeria at the Yaoundé Multi-purpose Sports Complex.
For the Final Round matches, T&T will host back home Cameroon, France and Australia at the National Cycling centre, Balmain, Couva for Pool D-3 while Algeria, Hungary, Mexico and Venezuela battles in Pool C-3 at Poliedo de Caracas, Venezuela from July 14 to 16.
Mushtaque Mohammed, Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) President and former president of T&T Volleyball Federation stated that he was very happy with the involvement in the prominent event and progress made by the current CAZOVA champions.