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AFECAVOL Women’s WCH qualifier ready to kick off in Nicaragua

 

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, November 29, 2016. -  The national teams of the Central American region will compete at the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship qualification tournament that kicks off on November 30 at Gimnasio del Instituto Nicaragüense de Deportes IND in Managua.

 

The round-robin event that grants two spots to the NORCECA final round qualification tournament will be unpredictable according to coaches’ statements, as all teams combine young players with more experienced ones that have vast international experience.

 

Dany Calderón, Coach of El Salvador: “All the teams here are bringing young and senior players, in our case half of the team has U-20 and U-23 players; this evens the competition level. We’ve prepared for a short period but serious, I believe it’s the same for our opponents and that’s why we can’t predict the finalists”.

 

Julio Dominguez, Assistant Coach of Guatemala: “We’ve been preparing the whole year, with a game plan set by Head Coach William Fernandez who will come in a couple of days. Our goal is to reach the next round. Blanca and Ruth are resourceful players whose experience contributes to our team that has an average of 20 years old. We believe and we are also confident to finish with a good result”.

 

Marcos Tejeda, Head Coach of Honduras: “Preparing for the tournament has had ups and downs because some players have scholarships with limited time for practice, but in general we are well prepared. I Consider that each team here has a chance to qualify to the next round, we can’t underestimate anyone. In our case, our most experienced player (Catherina) will retire, we have three players that played in the past Central American Games in Costa Rica and the rest are young players who have developed well. We are also preparing for next year’s Central American Games here in Nicaragua. This will be an interesting and unpredictable tournament”.

 

René Quintana, Coach of Nicaragua: “We’ve hosted world qualifiers on three occasions; Nicaragua welcomes our Central American neighbors with enthusiasm. We have prepared very well, even though we had problems in the last weeks because we didn’t have a place for practice due to elections for president, this is no excuse for my team to come out with the best result. I like highly competitive tournaments, and slowly our region has reduced the differences among each other, this event won’t be the exception. Combining young players with more experienced ones gives us more balance, allowing a generational change”.  

 

Eliot Clarke, Panama: “We’ve been working on our defense, assistance and passing; this is our weakness. Our goal is to win the gold medal and to qualify to the next round, we know we will face difficult matches. The team has had preparation games to face the challenge ahead”.

 

Competition schedule

Wednesday November 30

17:00 Panama v El Salvador

19:30 Guatemala v Honduras

 

Thursday December 1

17:00 El Salvador v Guatemala

19:30 Nicaragua v Panama

 

Friday December 2

17:00 Panama v Guatemala

19:30 Nicaragua v Honduras

 

Saturday December 3

17:00 Honduras v El Salvador

19:30 Guatemala v Nicaragua

 

Sunday December 4

15:00 Honduras v Panama

17:00 El Salvador v Nicaragua