Nicaragua secures the silver medal at Managua 2017
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 14, 2017. - Hosts Nicaragua secured
the silver medal of the women’s Volleyball tournament at the XI
Central American Games Managua 2017 after winning to Guatemala
3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15) in front of a noisy crowd at
Alexis Argüello sport complex.
Nicaragua did not disappoint the home fans while storming with
superiority over Guatemala. Nicaragua stumbled in set three as
Guatemalan blocker found the way to stop their strong spikers.
Nicaragua stands firmly in first place in the general ranking
with 5-0 unbeaten record and 24 points; Guatemala has 2-2 record
and 11 points.
Nicaragua prevailed over Guatemala controlling every category
with 38-35 margin in kills, 13-12 in blocks, 8-2 in aces and
committed fewer errors 28-38. Heidy Traña led Nicaragua with 15
points on 11 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces, accompanied by Josafat
Diaz with 13 points. Guatemala’s offense depended on Rut Gomez
with 17 points and Blanca Recinos with 13 points.
On Friday, one day before the event finishes, Guatemala (2-2)
faces Belize (0-4) and Nicaragua (5-0) has the day off.
Captain of Nicaragua Claudia Noguera:
“We took the initiative, we controlled the actions and we were
able to slow up Guatemala’s forceful attacks. We are really
excited for the silver medal and we are prepared to fight for
the gold against Costa Rica”.
Libero of Guatemala Maria Alvarez:
“We were too anxious because we were aware of the importance of
winning tonight. From the beginning things weren’t working out
for us against a great opponent. Working together as a team was
crucial for winning one set; we must focus on playing this way,
with team effort and not individually”.
Head coach of Nicaragua René Quintana:
“Guatemala has always been a tough opponent and my players are
the heroes, they did all the work. We are already silver
medalists, improving our results from the Games’ past edition;
we are ready to win the gold”.
Head coach of Guatemala William Fernandez:
“Physically and technically speaking, we have all the qualities
to finish on top, it’s the insecurities in our performance
what’s killing us. We were able to win one set but the
psychological factor is what we need to work on”.