Guatemala unstoppable at AFECAVOL WCQT
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 2, 2016.- Guatemala continues
unstoppable at the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship
qualification tournament after beating Panama 3-0 (25-17, 25-13,
25-23) at IND Volleyball Venue in Managua, Nicaragua.
Guatemala showed superiority in sets one and two, controlling
Panama’s defense completely. In set three Guatemala recovered
from a five point deficit (9-14) as Panama managed to find their
better game. Guatemala stands with perfect 3-0 record, while
Panama drops to 1-2.
Guatemala held advantage in every category with 39-23 margin in
kills, 9-6 in blocks and 6-2 in aces. In errors they were
similar; Guatemala committed 23 unforced errors and Panama a
total of 21.
With 17 points, outside hitter Blanca Recinos of Guatemala,
topped all scorers; opposite Rut Gomez added 13 points and
middle blocker Ada Villalobos tallied 10 points. From Panama,
outside hitter Joanna Arroyo scored 11 points and Maria
Guatemala (3-0) will play their last match of the event against
Nicaragua on Saturday. Panama (1-2) has the day off.
Middle blocker Ada Villalobos explained “we lost concentration
and set three was very hard to overcome; we were too relaxed
because things went really well for us in the previous sets and
Panama took advantage. The tournament hasn’t finished, tomorrow
we play against Nicaragua and the team with the best preparation
Cuban William Fernandez coach of Guatemala indicated “Panama
eliminated Guatemala in the past world qualifier, so we studied
them well and set a the right tactics to beat them In the last
set we were overconfident and Panama had their best performance,
but we’ve been coming from behind the whole tournament and we
were able to finish on top. This is the first time for me
coaching Guatemala’s senior team and I am really confident in
their preparation, we had 98% assistance the whole year”.
“We were completely off today, we had conflicts among us and in
any team this makes things harder. Guatemala took advantage of
the situation, which we weren’t able to do while leading set
three to extend the match further” said captain Joanna Arroyo.