Nicaragua debuts defeating Belize
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 10, 2017.- Nicaragua made their
debut at the women’s Volleyball tournament of the 2017 Managua
Central American Games defeating Belize 3-0 (25-20, 25-16,
The more than five thousand spectators at the impressive Alexis
Argüello enjoyed Nicaragua’s first victory with a steady
performance against the Belizean great defense.
The home team held a 7-2 margin in blocking and 6-2 in aces.
Both teams scored on 26 kills. Nicaragua scored on 36 opponent
errors while committing 23 unforced errors of their own.
Nicaragua distributed their attack between Elizabeth Traña with
9 points, and Valeska Hernandez alongside Lolette Rodriguez with
8 points apiece. Nelissa Ramirez of Belize tallied 10 points and
Shantell Arnold contributed with 6 points.
On Monday Belize (0-1) will face Costa Rica and Nicaragua (1-0)
plays against Honduras (1-0).
Captain of Nicaragua Claudia Noguera:
“Belize played very well; we were able to set our rhythm
remaining calm and serving effectively; yes we had difficulties
in defense and lost some focus. This victory is also thanks to
the support of our fans in this great venue”.
Head coach of Nicaragua Rene Quintana:
“Soon we will have to watch out more from Belize, they are
strong and today the showed a new virtue in defense; Belize
wasn’t that good in defending and that keeps them to
counterattack continuously; today the defended a great deal,
giving us a hard time. We managed to work well under their
pressure y did not lose control; there are things to workout
Captain of Belize:
“In practice we focused on improving our defense and it worked
out well for us tonight. We need to improve especially in our
serving we’re not used to the ball, but also we should be more
effective in attacking”
Head coach of Belize Delio Arruebarrena:
“We were able to defend well but then our definition was not
effective, we need to have more scoring spikes. We allowed them
to score on our mistakes and that didn’t allow us to move
forward. The crowd was another issue to deal with, added to the
fact that Nicaragua has great game level and last year they won
the Central American world qualification tournament, I believe
my players did not perform badly but we must limit our errors”.