Guatemala downs El Salvador in three sets
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 1, 2016. - Guatemala downed El
Salvador 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) on day two of the AFECAVOL
Women’s FIVB World Championship qualification tournament at
Gimnasio del Instituto Nicaragüense de Deportes IND of Managua
Guatemala had a slow beginning in all three sets as El Salvador
held an early advantage on each occasion. In the second set,
Guatemala lost five set points because of changes in their
line-up, but their well-structured game plan earned them their
second victory of the event while El Salvador remains win-less.
Guatemala controlled the attacking category with huge 43-22
advantage, and they also did better in blocking by 8-5. El
Salvador scored 5 service points while Guatemala scored 4;
Guatemala allowed 26 points on errors and El Salvador 20.
Outside hitter Blanca Recinos of Guatemala led all scorers with
21 points, on 18 kills, 2 blocks and one ace. Outside hitter
Adriana Flores led El Salvador with 10 points.
On day three of competition, Guatemala (2-0) plays against
Panama (1-0) while El Salvador (0-2) has the day off.
“We are pressuring ourselves and we are too anxious starting
each set, we want to perform well; I believe this kind of
pressure is necessary but we need to control it better because
we lose concentration. The result was good and our receivers
communicated better than yesterday, we respected our area, and
we played with good vibe” said Guatemala’s captain Blanca
Cuban William Fernandez coach of Guatemala indicated “we have
difficulties starting, this is normal in teams that are in
formation, with younger players. On a positive note, the team
recovers from their deficit as the sets advance. Today we made
some changes because they players have to be ready to respond”.
Captain Adriana Flores of El Salvador said “I can’t put my
finger on what’s going wrong, we have all the necessary elements
at the beginning and we move ahead; we need to score more direct
points. There’s nothing else but to recover tomorrow and win the
next two matches”.
Dany Calderon coach of El Salvador expressed “the lack of
preparation matches is evident; we need more experience in
closing matches. We have to practice more, we’ve been practicing
on our K1 but tomorrow we will work on K2 complex and establish
our strategy to face Honduras and Nicaragua”.