In his 18 years of international competition, Virgen has appeared in 132 events, more than all of the other 11 Mexican players set to represent their country at the World Championship combined.
The veteran’s tremendous experience gives him a key role in terms of facilitating the development of his young compatriots and the experience of playing the World Championship at home will certainly play a big part in it.
“I’m definitely the most experienced player among the ones who are with the national team right now and I try to help them with my knowledge and by sharing some information that I think could help their development,” Virgen commented. “I believe we have several young players with a lot of quality and with the ability to do some really great things for Mexican beach volleyball. I keep telling them that the first step is to believe in it and then to work hard and remain focused.”
Virgen, however, is not the only beach volleyball veteran supporting the development of the up-and-coming Mexican talent. Since last November the country’s national teams have been coached by the legendary Brazilian Ricardo Santos, a 2004 Olympic champion and 2003 world champion.