Nicaragua adds second victory at AFECAVOL WCQT
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 2, 2016. - Nicaragua prevailed over
Honduras 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16) adding their second victory
at the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship qualification
tournament at Managua, Nicaragua.
Hosts Nicaragua had little resistance from Honduras as they set
their own pace in the last match of day three of competition.
Nicaragua improved their win-loss record 2-0 while Honduras has
Nicaragua held advantage in kills (36-28), in blocking (9-6) and
in service points (6-5). The winners benefited from 24 opponent
errors while limiting their own to 17.
Middle blocker Hellen Traña led Nicaragua with 12 points, on 9
kills and 3 blocks; outside hitter Amalia Hernandez contributed
with 10 points, all in kills. Opposite Cecille Johnson topped
Honduras with 15 points.
Saturday’s schedule presents Honduras (0-2) facing El Salvador
(0-2) and Nicaragua (2-0) plays against Guatemala (3-0).
“We were more focused, more concentrated and we played at our
rhythm. Our blocking and spiking were effective, but mostly our
defense. In tomorrow’s match against Guatemala we have to work
on doing our game” said Claudia Noguera captain of Nicaragua.
Coach Rene Quintana of Nicaragua considers his team is putting
too much pressure on themselves “as hosts they want to play
well, but they only lose control and commit unforced errors. We
have two matches ahead and we wish to finish in first place but
what’s more important is to win the spot to the next round. In
Central America the gap between teams is shortening. We expect a
tough match tomorrow against Guatemala, and I wouldn’t be
surprised that one of us wins 3-0”.
Tessa Flores captain of Honduras expressed “Nicaragua controlled
Cecille Johnson; she wasn’t as effective like in the first
match. Our serves worked well and Nicaragua had difficulties
closing the last two sets. In general, we have the resources but
we don’t have enough confidence in executing”.
“I had to make changes in our line-up because I have an injured
player, I thought the bench players could perform better but it
wasn’t the case. We did better in set two forward, but my
players get lost while performing, they hurry too much and easy
things turn out in errors. Despite having a game plan, they
aren’t confident; Nicaragua neutralized us” said Cuban Marcos
Tejeda, coach of Honduras.