Honduras downs Panama in women’s opener
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 10, 2017. - Honduras downed Panama
in thrilling 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 27-25, 25-16) women’s
Volleyball opening match at the eleventh Central American Games
Managua 2017 at Alexis Argüello sports complex.
Honduras struggled to control a resilient Panama that started
off with a 4 point advantage in set one. Honduras kept on
pressing with fast moves and tough serves; Panama gave in up to
Honduras’ significant 11-6 margin in aces was crucial to their
victory, while scoring on 47 opponent errors; and they held a
slim 11-10 advantage in blocks. Panama did better in attacks
with 39-32 margin.
Cecille Johnson topped Honduras with 16 kills on 18 points and
Hyxe Napky scored 10 points on 7 kills and 3 aces. Hashlyn Cuero
led Panama with 17 points; Angela Evans contributed with 16
points and Joanna Arroyo with 11 points.
On day two of competition, Panama faces El Salvador and Honduras
plays to hosts Nicaragua.
Captain of Honduras Tessa Flores:
“Our serves were effective up to the fourth set, from there our
passing and blocking allowed us to move away from Panama. At the
beginning we were too insecure in our serves; we were able to
finish on top with less difficulty when our serves improved. We
expected to win because we’ve been practicing and made many
sacrifices; we hope te play well against our next opponent,
Captain of Panama Joanna Arroyo:
“I believe in my team, I know they will improve as the
tournament develops. It wasn’t our best performance; we have
much more power and better quality. We’ve won to Honduras on
numerous occasions, that’s why they were celebrated like they
did, but it was our debut. Our serves were too erratic”.
Head coach of Honduras Osiel Vasquez:
“In set one, the girls didn’t follow our tactic to serve to
position one; when they began to follow instructions, they went
on playing with more confidence and winning sets. The team is
learning well, I’ve been in charge of the team for three
Head coach of Panama Mercedez Pomares:
“My team was out of control and they only played the first set;
I expect much more from my girls, I know then can do better.
This wasn’t an easy opponent. It was difficult to adjust to such
an open space, we practice in a closed gym and the ball here
floats too much, influencing our performance, mostly while
receiving and serving”.