Barbados upsets hosts El Salvador


SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, July 29, 2014 - Barbados scored a big upset victory over hosts El Salvador 25-21, 15-25, 25-17, 25-20 in opening day of the 2014 NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship on Tuesday


Barbados scored 29 points on El Salvador errors while committing 35. Barbados led in kills (45-32) and aces (4-2) while El Salvador had the advantage in blocks (14-12).


Jabarry Goodridge led the winners with 19 points while Captain Ammuniki Wood added 11 points. Andrly Stapleton chipped in with 10 points. El Salvador´s Captain Samuel Valdez had match-high 20 points followed by Mauricio Rivas with 14.


El Salvador has a rest day on Wednesday while Barbados will face Honduras at 6:00 p.m.




Samuel Valdez, El Salvador's Captain: "It is normal that we feel disappointed after a defeat, but we must learn from mistakes. We have to turn the page and come back on Thursday to face Honduras. In the second set the serve was a major weapon but then it was very easy for Barbados.”


Ricardo Rivera, El Salvador's Coach: "I do not understand what happened. It was a total tactical disorder. They didn’t follow the tactical plan after the second set, and the service failed. Now we have to wait for a combination of results to know what is going to happen in the group.”


Ammuniki Wood, Barbados's Captain: "We had a lot of nerves to start the tournament. We missed a lot, but the courage of the team pulled us through. After losing the second set, we needed the points to fight in the group."


John Stuart, Barbados's Head Coach: "Before the start of the tournament I was concerned, but I'm happy now. El Salvador also played well. We had a slow start but at the end we came out with the win."