Two of the top female volleyball players from the Caribbean are active on the 2011 edition of the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior Volleyball League (WSVL).
Both are defensive specialists, play the libero position and represent their respective countries on international contests.
Deborah Seilhamer (Puerto Rico) and Brenda Castillo (Dominican Republic) have been key components for their teams. Seilhamer plays for Mayaguez and Castillo is one of the imports for Caguas.
The two teams collided last Thursday night in an exciting game that featured two outstanding libero players from the NORCECA volleyball region.
Caguas won the match and remains as the top team in the league with record of 12-1.
“Our team is complete now and it would be difficult to beat us this season”, said Castillo.
The games between the Criollas and the Indians represent just another chapter on the many classic matches that feature these two liberos from the Caribbean. They have faced each other in the past and will collide again this summer as members of their national teams.
“We have faced each other on different occasions. Brenda is an excellent player, who is very complete and athletic. For me, she is one of the best liberos in the world”, expressed Seilhamer, who is the league’s leader in digs this season.
One of the important recent encounters between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic was in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.
The Dominican representation beat the host team and won the gold medal. However, Puerto Rican libero Seilhamer was chosen as the most valuable player of the regional tournament that was celebrated in Mayaguez, PR.
The 2011 Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup to be held this summer in Mexico will provide one of the next potential international scenarios in which volleyball fans can have the opportunity to witness another classic match between the two elite Caribbean liberos.
(The pictures are a courtesy of Gabriel Muriente Pastrana.)