Nicaragua moves closer to third round of NORCECA


KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 1, 2013 – Nicaragua is on the verge of qualifying to the next round of NORCECA tournaments towards the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Italy by recording a 25-16, 25-13, 25-4 victory over Bermuda in Group M competition in Kingston.


Earlier in the day, the Nicaraguans, currently ranked 10th in NORCECA classifications, had defeated Suriname in four sets. The Central Americans would secure a spot in the third round if Jamaica wins over Suriname in the other match of Saturday night.


Nicaragua’s Claudia Noguera commented on the solution they found to their reception problems over the morning match.


“We were able to solve our passing problems and could execute a better offensive game,” Noguera said. “We are very happy about battling for the top place in this tournament and our chances to go to the third round.”


“We played steadier in the first set,” Bermuda’s Vikki Stevenson said. “We need to put some pieces together and work in our game.”


To Nicaragua’s Coach Rene Quintana his team improved a lot compared to the match against Suriname earlier today.


“We improved not only our reception, but our overall game also,” he said. “I am very glad about my team and invite Bermuda to continue working.”


“We started working as a team but once again our passing fell down,” Bermuda’s Juanita Blee commented. “We will have some discussions overnight, to rest a little and bring it together for another match tomorrow.”