El Salvador overcomes U.S. Virgin Islands to win Group K
ST CROIX, Virgin Islands, May 26, 2013 – El Salvador registered
a come from behind victory over hosts U.S Virgin Islands to
finish atop of the NORCECA Second Round Group K Tournament, a
qualifier to the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship.
The Central Americans recovered from a 1-2 deficit to collect
the five-set win 21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 15-9 at the Ronald
“Ranche” Charles Arena on Sunday night. They took advantage of
the 56 errors committed by the athletic local team compared to
their 24 mistakes.
Both teams were already qualified to the third round of NORCECA
tournaments to be held early in 2014 which includes five
four-team competitions and a playoff to be disputed by the teams
who finish second in those events.
Adriana Flores was the only player of the winners who finished
with double-figures in the scores with 13 points. Denisse Rogel
had 9 while Diana Romero and Gabriela Martinez each had 7. U.S.
Virgin Islands’ Valissa Brathwaithe had 26 points followed by
Danielle Selkridge and Sacha Gumbs with 19 and 13 respectively.
The winners held an 11-6 difference in aces while the defeated
side topped in the blocking category 14-6.
“Our serves were again the difference, especially in the fourth
set and during the tie-breaker,” Flores said. “U.S. Virgin
Islands was a team very tough to beat.”
“I am very proud of my team,” said Nery Henriquez, the coach of
El Salvador. “At the end we were a little more consistent but
the victory could have gone either way.”
Gumbs, the captain of the local team, said the Salvadorans had
more desire and the match was won by the team that wanted it
“Both team had a lot of up and downs during the match but we
suffered a mental breakdown and could not overcome it at the
end,” Gumbs said. “They wanted to win more than us and they got