Panama opens with a win at World Qualifier
PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 17, 2012. - Host Panama opened with
a win over Bonaire by 3-0 (25-14, 25-5, 26-24) at the First
Round Women’s 2014 World Championship Qualification Group G.
Bonaire, debutants in a NORCECA tournament were able to recover
from a difficult start edging Panama to make a stronger effort
to earn the win as they became more confident.
Top scorers for Panama were Joanna Arroyo with 14 points and
Hashlyn Cuero with 10. Bonaire had its best scorers with 6
points each, Lu-Allen Sint and Claudette Van Arneman.
Joanna Arroyo, Panama´s captain said “first I want to
congratulate Bonaire for a good outcome as this is their first
tournament, in that third set they made us work hard and that’s
what it takes to be here; I believe we were anxious and this
only proves that you must never underestimate your adversary; on
the other hand our training showed.”
An excited Claudette Van Arneman of Bonaire expressed “we are so
happy to be here and we worked hard to do so; my team is proud
of having an international experience. We were nervous with
everything surrounding us but we adapted.”
Panama’s Coach, Reynaldo Ortega said “once again I want to
welcome Bonaire, they have players with lots of potential; I
believe that in the third set they abused their confidence but
thank God we were able to take control and have a positive
“Nervousness was the reason of the result in the first and
second sets; everything for the team is new becoming more
insecure. In the third set I changed Claudette to an opposite
position instead of center turning out to be a pleasure to see
them come back” indicated Bonaire’s Coach Leo Richardson.