Nicaragua wins tough duel to Panama in their debut
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 1, 2016. - Host Nicaragua won a
tough duel to Panama 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 27-25, 25-16) in their
debut at the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship
qualification tournament on Thursday night.
The home team was forced to use all their resources to beat a
fierce Panama that extended the actions to four sets. In set
three, Nicaragua lost four set points as Panama pushed strong
with unstoppable kills. Setter Hashlyn Cuero of Panama left the
match in set four due to cramping. Nicaragua earns their first
win while Panama stands with 1-1 record.
The stats of the match show both teams’ good performance, Panama
led in spikes 44-43 and in blocks 11-10, while Nicaragua
controlled the service category with 6-4 advantage. Nicaragua
scored on Panama’s 38 errors and committed 27.
Middle blocker Hellen Traña and outside hitter Amalia Hernandez
contributed to Nicaragua’s victory with 13 points apiece, and
middle blocker Josafat Diaz scored 10 points. Outside hitter
Maria Gallimore of Panama led all scorers with 17 points, her
teammates Joanna Arroyo and Hashlyn Cuero added 14 and 10 points
On day three of competition, Panama (1-1) will face Guatemala
(2-0) while Nicaragua (1-0) meets with Honduras (0-1).
Claudia Noguera, captain of Nicaragua was excited “the
excitement is double; we are inaugurating a new venue with a
victory. It was a tough match, Panama was very strong,
especially in blocking us, and in the end we were able to
counterattack. I consider it was good show for our fans and they
left satisfied. Rene guided us in taking the initiative after
dropping the second set”.
Panama’s captain Joanna Arroyo indicated “facing the home team
is always difficult, and Nicaragua past the entire year
preparing for the tournament; in contrast from us, we practiced
for only a couple of weeks, despite this I want to congratulate
my team because we played strong. Winning a set was important
and we were very close in winning the third set. Tomorrow we’ll
come out hard, we want to win and we need it if we expect to
Rene Quintana, Nicaragua’s head coach first thanked the local
media and fans that came to see them; after that he spoke about
the match “it was hard, we must study som things. It’s important
to start off with a victory. Panama played strong, with good
level; finally we closed well, I consider it was a different
match in set four. We know our defense is much better than
Eliot Clarke, head coach of Panama expressed “we didn’t play
volleyball, we committed too many errors, we lost a lot of
serves, our defense was off and our setter wasn’t focused. We
have to work on our defense because we aren’t moving enough;
Nicaragua beat us mostly by touching the ball”.