El Salvador adds a second victory in Group K
ST CROIX, Virgin Islands, May 25, 2013 – El Salvador bounced
back to defeat hosts U.S. Virgin Islands 18-25, 25-18, 25-17,
25-23 for its second victory of Saturday at the NORCECA Second
Round Group K Qualification Tournament of the 2014 FIVB Women’s
The Salvadorans meet St Vincent and Grenadines (1-1) on Sunday
morning needing one more victory to advance to the finals and
claim a ticket to the third round of regional competitions.
Diana Romero and Denisse Rogel each had 10 points for the
winners while Adriana Flores added nine of her own. Valissa
Brathwaite and Danielle Selkridge finished with 13 and 10 for
the losers while Rhea Simon had eight.
El Salvador made 31 unforced errors compared to 55 by the home
side. The losers held advantages of 7-2 in blocks and 5-2 in
“We pressed them with our serves and didn’t make as many errors
as in the morning match,” El Salvador’s Adriana Flores said.
“After a slow start in the first set we were able to come back
and improved a lot.”
“Mentally wise the communication wasn’t there after the first
set,” U.S. Virgin Islands’ Sacha Gumbs explained. “They made
smarter shots than us and we waited too long to make a push. You
don’t want to be playing catch up all the time.”
Salvadoran coach Nery Henriquez boasted his satisfaction after
playing what he considered the type of game his team is used to.
“Now we played the way El Salvador does,” he said. “We played
with good combinations but it was against a strong opponent. It
was a pretty good game so the fans were also winners.”
“After the first set we basically shut down and el Salvador
played extremely well,” U.S. Virgin Islands coach Lucille Hobson
said. “They came with a game plan and executed it. Tomorrow we
need to beat British Virgin Islands to secure a spot in the