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Nicaragua picks up third place at the Women’s Continental Championship

LANGLEY, Canada. September 30, 2017 – Nicaragua captured third place at the NORCECA Senior Women’s Continental Championship and World Championship Qualification Tournament (Group B).

Nicaragua nicely defeated St. Lucia 3-0 (25-12 25-11 25-13) in their first win of the tournament. Middle blocker Heidy Traña was match top scorer with 11, followed by Nicaraguan teammate Amalia Hernandez just behind her with 10 points.

 

Canada and Cuba achieved the World Championship Qualification from this tournament, and play for gold this evening in at the Langley Events Centre.  

Rene Quintana, head coach of Nicaragua:  “We expected to win to the game, but I was surprised that we won with such comfort.  We learned many things from this tournament – we need to develop our volleyball to get to a similar level of Cuba or Canada, and we have to keep our training high so that we keep ahead of teams such as St. Lucia.”

Claudia Noguera, Captain of Nicaragua: “We came here to win today, and we did what we needed to do.  The next step for us is the Central American Games, which will be held in Managua, and this was a very good preparation for us.”

Kendell Charlery, head coach of St. Lucia: “Today’s game, we gave it a good shot. Coming in we knew it was going to be a challenge. I took the opportunity to give some playing time some of the players from our bench because I wanted everybody to get some exposure to playing at an event like this. We had a couple of nice points, and a lot of mistakes, but it’s a learning process for our young team……It’s very motivating, not only for me, but also for the players to see everyone working so hard up until the end. We’re going to take this experience home with us and work harder for next time.”

Cindy Wilson – St. Lucia Captain, “It was a disappointing loss because we had so many unforced errors. I’m happy because a lot of our players don’t have the experience playing at an event like this and gaining that type of experience was good for the players on our team.”