Only the second team to ever qualify from Costa Rica for the FIVB World Championships, Alfaro/Cope will be seeded 38th this year in the Netherlands. Both from San Jose in their homeland, Alfaro, 28 and 5-5 and Cope, 29 and 5-8, will be making their first appearance as a team in a FIVB international event. Alfaro did compete in 2005 in a FIVB World Tour Open in Acapulco, Mexico. Together in 20013 and 20014, Alfaro/Cope competed in seven NORCECA events with one fourth place and two fifth place finishes. Costa Rica qualified for the women’s FIVB World Championships and the national federation of Costa Rica confirmed Alfaro/Cope as the team to participate this year.