Nicaragua wins duel over Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 12, 2014.-
Nicaragua beat host Honduras 3-1 ( 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23)
in the closing match of Tuesday night at the II Women’s U-23
AFECAVOL Central American Championship at Jorge A. Galeano
Gymnasium in Tegucigalpa.
It was an exciting duel with long rallies and strategic game
plans from both sides in front of more than eight hundred
spectators cheering for the home team. Honduras took the lead in
the last two sets which they weren’t able to sustain as
Nicaragua’s superiority in kills turned the scores around.
This was Nicaragua’s last match and they finish the tournament
with a 5-2 win-loss record adding a total of 22 points, to win
the silver medal. The home team stands with a 2-3 record and 11
points, they face Belize tomorrow.
Nicaragua held advantage of 45-32 in kills, 11-10 in blocks and
they benefited from their opponents 40 errors. El Salvador held
advantage in aces by 4-3 and they benefited from Nicaragua’s 46
Nicaragua’s outside hitter Florelisa Smith had a match high with
26 points, 25 were in kills and Katy Gonzalez contributed with
11 points. Top scorers for Honduras were Lesby Midence with 13
points, Dariana Flores and Mairajosse Diaz with 12 tallies
Katy Gonzalez, captain of Nicaragua said “this was an important
match for us as the result defined our final position in the
tournament. Honduras is a very competitive team and they
challenged us, I know my team lost points to many unforced
errors but we are finishing stronger”.
Eloisa Sarmiento, captain of Honduras said her team had too many
ups and downs “the team is still missing more concentration to
sustain the advantage in our scores and the same energy
throughout the match. We prepared well to face Nicaragua but
there were many surprises”.
“We reach our goal; we’re taking home the silver medal. Facing
the home team wasn’t easy, they pushed very hard and with the
very noisy the crowd my girls couldn’t concentrate the whole
match. Now we need to continue practicing so this group can be
part of our senior national team” said coach Claudia Noguera.
“Our team has prepared well tactically and physically, but we
didn’t have friendly matches which are important to solve
situations that are presented during the course of a match and
to achieve experience” said coach Marco Tejada.