Nicaragua leads AFECAVOL WCQT
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 3, 2016. – Nicaragua leads the
AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship qualification
tournament after beating Guatemala by a wide 3-0 (25-22, 25-15,
25-14) score on Saturday at the IND Volleyball venue in Managua,
Nicaragua subdued Guatemala completely by stopping their
opponents’ offensive line and remaining undefeated with 3-0
win-loss record and a total of 14 points, booking a ticket to
next year’s Worlds qualifier. Guatemala concludes their campaign
with 3-1 record, 13 points and also a spot to next year’s
qualification round. Nicaragua (3-0) faces El Salvador (1-2) on
the last day of competition.
The home team dominated all categories with 39-24 margin in
kills, 10-5 in blocking and 2-1 in aces. Nicaragua allowed 21
points in errors and Guatemala 24.
Setter Lolette Rodriguez led Nicaragua with 13 points; opposite
Amalia Hernandez and middle blocker Josafat Diaz contributed to
Nicaragua’s victory with 11 and 10 points respectively. Opposite
Rut Gomez was the only player with double digits on Guatemala’s
side, scoring 12 points.
Claudia Noguera, Nicaragua’s captain was very excited, she said
“we were very effective, it feels good to work together as a
team and we did things well. We fought every single point, we
were focused in our performance, we set our rhythm and all these
aspects were our key to victory. We have studied Guatemala to
control their spikers; for me this is a Central American classic
and in the recent past we’ve finished on top”.
Yesterday, Nicaraguan coach Rene Quintana said he was expecting
the match to finish in three sets “what surprised me was the big
difference in scores of the last two sets. Our team executed the
game plan well, we were able to stop Guatemala’s strongest
aspects; everything turned out well. Volleyball is sport of
errors, the team with less errors wins. The tournament ends
until tomorrow, we have on match left, and for me every match is
About Guatemala’s performance, Blanc Recinos said “Nicaragua
played better, they deserve all the credit. They knew that our
outside hitters are the strongest and they blocked us all the
way, we weren’t left alone. We lacked definition, the attackers;
me included didn’t do our job because our receivers and defense
worked well. The positive aspect is that our team worked
together despite feeling bad for being down on the score, we are
a young team and we are growing step by step, I know better
results are on their way”.
“Winning the tournament was our main goal, we advanced into the
next round and there’s much to work on, including the
psychological aspects, we need to know one another more. There
is no discussion that Nicaragua prevailed in every skill, today
they proved to be well built. Our attacking was weak and we
weren’t offensive” said Cuban coach William Fernandez.
por seguir trabajando, entre eso la parte psicológica, debemos
conocernos más. Nicaragua nos superó en todos los aspectos
indiscutiblemente, es un equipo bien formado y lo demostraron.
Nosotros no definimos en el ataque y no fuimos ofensivos” dijo
el entrenador cubano William Fernández de Guatemala.