Nicaragua tops AFECAVOL WCQT unbeaten
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 4, 2016. - Hosts Nicaragua beat El
Salvador 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-22) to top the AFECAVOL Women’s
FIVB World Championship qualification tournament at IND
Volleyball Venue in Managua.
Nicaragua fired up from start to finish with El Salvador
battling strong. In set three, the home team spectacularly
recovered from an eight point deficit (3-11) with the crowd
roaring in excitement to Nicaragua taking first place
undefeated. Nicaragua concludes with perfect 4-0 win-loss record
and 19 points, they had already qualified a day earlier to next
year’s FIVB second round qualification tournament.
Nicaragua held 36-27 advantage in kills, 7-6 margin in serves
and scored on 27 opponent errors while limiting their own to
only 12 points. El Salvador did better in blocking with 9-5
Nicaragua’s scorers were led by outside hitter Amalia Hernandez
with 10 points, middle blocker Hellen Traña with 9 points and
setter Lolette Rodriguez with 8 points. Outside hitters Madeline
Gonzales and Adriana Flores of El Salvador scored 13 and 10
Lolette Rodriguez, setter of Nicaragua:
“Thanks to our coaches’ instructions and shouting, we recovered
in set three. We are very glad to have won the tournament, we
faced tough teams and we hope to move forward from the second
round. All our opponents play strong against us but we managed
to keep focused”.
René Quintana, coach of Nicaragua:
“These players have all the credit, they are dedicated to
volleyball, they prepared for a long time and today they finish
heroines. The support and applause of the fans is highly
estimated, as well as my coaching staff and that of many persons
that make today’s victory possible. I hope to reach the podium
in the Central American Games next year”.
Bertha Cuadra, President of Nicaragua’s Federation:
“We are very excited, we fought hard for this result, and the
team was well prepared to finish like this”.