Salvador downs Honduras in dramatic five sets
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 3, 2016. – El Salvador downed
Honduras in five dramatic sets 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-8,
15-8) on day five of the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World
Championship qualification tournament at Managua, Nicaragua.
Sets went back and forth without superiority from either squads;
it was up to set four and especially set five that El Salvador
managed to dominate Honduras. El Salvador’s six point advantage
in set five (6-0) was impossible for Honduras to recover. This
was Honduras second five setter match of the tournament.
El Salvador improves their win-loss record 1-2 and Honduras
takes a hard loss to remain win-less 0-3.
El Salvador’s huge 60-41 margin in attacks took control of the
actions, despite Honduras’ 7-3 lead in blocks and impressive
11-4 advantage in serves. There wasn’t too much difference in
errors; El Salvador committed 39 and Honduras 42.
Outside hitter Adriana Flores of El Salvador topped all scorers
with 24 points, 22 on kills; contributing to the winning cause
were outside hitter Madeline Gonzales with 14 points and
opposite Gabriela Funes with 12 points. Opposite Cecille
Johnson continues to be Honduras leading scorer with 18 points
and middle blocker Mariajosse Diaz chipped in with 11 points
The competition closes on Sunday with Honduras (0-3) facing
Panama (1-2) and El Salvador (1-2) against the home team.
“It was a dramatic victory, we were determined to finish on top
and take the initiative from the beginning on set five. We
played calm, not rushing things, one point at a time. We played
similar, but they had difficulties receiving and we defended
much better than our other matches” said Adriana Funes captain
of El Salvador”.
Coach Dany Calderon of El Salvador indicated “matches against
Honduras are always tough, I believe our pride doesn’t allow us
to lose to them; this should be against all our opponents. Today
my team played with a lot of energy, our receiving and our
outside hitters were very effective; we limited our errors as
well. Honduras has a lot of potential to perform well and in my
opinion their results don’t reflect what they are capable of”.