Nicaragua picks up third place at the Women’s Continental
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
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.”