El Salvador tops St Kitts and Nevis to open their account
GROS ISLET, St Lucia- April 27, 2013 - El Salvador sent an early
warning signs that they too mean business in the Second Round of
the FIVB World Championships in the NORCECA Zone here at the
Beausejour Gym, downing St Kitts and Nevis 3-1 ( 25-27, 25-18,
The more experienced El Salvador re-engergised and re-grouped
after losing the first set to establish their superiority in all
facets of the match.
The top scorers for El Salvador were David Vagras who had 16
points and Franscisco Hernandez with 15. For St Kitts and Nevis,
Shawn Seabrooks registered 19 points and St Clair Hodge had 18.
The win by the El Salvadorians set up a mouth-watering, edge of
your seat encounter in the night capper later today, as the
Central Americans meet the host St Lucia, who also recorded a
3-1 triumph over Haiti.
Coach Gabriel Linares of the El Salvador seemed to be looking
forward for a repeat performance.
“We are hoping for a similar performance as against St Kitts(and
Nevis), where pushed them very hard with the serves and forcing
to them to make mistakes, as they found it hard to pass the ball
off the net,” Linares recounted.
He acknowledged though that the St Lucians could be a tougher
Meanwhile, coach of the St Kitts and Nevis outfit- Glenn Quinlan
believed it was the loss of their best setter Mathew James early
in the match, which caused an upset in his team’s equilibrium.
Quinlan though noted: “We lapsed in certain areas where our
receptions started going badly during the third set and this
carried over into the fourth set, which was our worst set.”
Quinlan said his players must rebound and do it manfully as he
is wary of the Haitian team, whom he credits as having some
Captain of St Kitts and Nevis- Steadroy Collins shares Quinlan’s
view that they must improve against the Haitians if they are to
remain in contention.