Guatemala scores spectacular triumph, Costa Rica undefeated
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, December 4, 2012 - Guatemala defeated
El Salvador 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 28-26) in a vibrant match
of the second day of the XVII Womens Central American Cup.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica beat Nicaragua 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17)
to continue undefeated in two outings while Panama had to sweat
before claiming a victory over Honduras 3-0 (25-22, 25-23,
Great defensive plays, good blocking and tension made the match
a big show won by Guatemala with Ruth Gomez providing in the
blocking and attack with a total 24 points for the winners.
Diana Arias, captain of Guatemala, said: "El Salvador showed
considerable resistance, but I think the blocks were fundamental
to claim the win. The two teams were evenly matched, but the
teamwork and the definition in key moments made the difference.
Meanwhile, Adriana Flores, captain of El Salvador, said: "We are
satisfied, it was a good game, nothing loose and I think we fail
at key points. We suffered from lack of focus on the serves,
because the game was very even when we failed to close."
"We still have three games and hope to show a better volleyball
you saw today," Flores added.
Costa Rica got their second victory against Nicaragua, which
also missed their main setter Lolette Rodriguez who left with a
The Costa Rican team recovered from trailing the 16-12 going to
the second technical time of the first set to win with their
services and reception. Captain Verania Willis totaled 15 points
while Karen Cope and Angela Willis each contributed 14 points.
For Nicaragua, Valeska Hernandez had nine points while Claudia
Noguera, who finished the game as the setter, had seven.
On the other hand, Panama scored his first win by beating
Honduras, who suffered their second defeat in as many games.
The Panamanian team had to battle especially to close the first
two sets to stay with an important win, after losing their first
game against El Salvador on Monday. Captain Hashlyn Cuero with
18 points was the best of Panama who trailed 18-16 in the first
set but reacted on time.
Four Honduran players -Maria Barahona, Jennifer Torres, Tessa
Flores and Dariana Flores- all finished with nine points but it
was not enough because they lacked the punch in the final
stretch of the sets.
Panama v Costa Rica 3:00 p.m.
Guatemala v Nicaragua 5:00 p.m.
El Salvador v Honduras 7:00 p.m.