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<div style=”min-height: 170px;”><span onmousedown=”return false” onselectstart=”return false”><p>The New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) has seen several competitive games over the past few weeks, especially in the men’s division, and although there were no games played over the holiday weekend, president of the NPVA, Vince Smith, said he has been pleased with the action so far.</p>

<p>“The league has been relatively competitive up to this point,” he said. “The men’s division has gone from eight teams to five teams, which means that players have teamed up to make things more challenging. Even though there are fewer teams, a competitive game is almost guaranteed in the men’s division.”</p>

<p>The women’s division has taken a slightly different turn this year. It features three teams made up of high school players, and is being used as a feeder system to help develop both the women’s junior and senior national teams.</p>

<p>“The women’s division isn’t off to the same start as the men’s, but the high school kids are gaining confidence,” said Smith. “However, the high school teams have large fan turnouts, and that was one of things that we were hoping for when we had the idea of adding the teams. As the younger ones continue to play and gain experience, the competition in the division will intensify.”</p>

<p>Aside from being the president of the NPVA, Smith is also the head coach of the men’s national volleyball team, and says that he likes the way the team is progressing heading into the 22nd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games that will be held November 14-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.</p>

<p>“Our preparation has been going really well so far,” he said. “We have had the gym on a consistent basis, and also level three FIVB  (International Federation of Volleyball) Coach Augosto Sabbatini has been great helping us with technical work. Sabbatini is one of the best at team development and has done tremendous work with CAC teams.</p>

<p>“Our guys have been showing positive attitudes and have really improved throughout the training process. They have asked for an international coach to come in for some time now and since he’s been here they have taken full advantage. They have adjusted to whatever changes he’s implemented and looks very focused.”</p>

<p>The legendary coach started working with the team on September 13, and concluded his time with the squad on Sunday.</p>

<p>He was here on call from the FIVB, and his job was to help develop the sport of volleyball in the count<p>With Sabbatini gone, Smith will take over the reins in practice until the team leaves for Mexico in the first week of November.</p><p> </p>

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