Panama finishes fifth in women at Managua 2017
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 16, 2017.- Panama
defeated Belize 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 19-25, 15-8) on the
last day of the women’s Volleyball tournament of the eleventh
Central American Games Managua 2017 to finish in fifth place.
Panama and Belize engaged in a mechanical game
with points going both ways, developing in one set for each team
at a time. Panama’s victory earned them the fifth place of the
event with 2-4 record and 10 points; while Belize finishes with
0-6 record and 5 points.
The final stats were even, with 46-43 advantage
in kills for Panama, while Belize held 10-9 margin in both
blocking and service categories. In errors, Panama finished with
32 and Belize with 40.
Both teams used a balance offense. Panama was led
by Hashyn Cuero (18), Angela Evans (14) and Maria Gallimore
(12). Belize top scorers were Nelissa Ramirez (15), Shantell
Arnold (14) and Sherika Burton (14).
Captain of Panama Joanna Arroyo:
“I must congratulate Belize, their progress is
significant, they put up good fights against every team here;
today they were determined to beat us. About our overall
performance in the tournament I can say that we battled strong
against the toughest teams but we lost focus. With more support
from our Federation and with our physical conditions, we can
finish in the first places”.
Captain of Belize Karen Quan:
“It feels good that we gave them a tough rally
and game, but it also feels bad because we weren’t able to win.
Yes we have improved but we didn’t accomplish any victories, we
came short in the past two games, we need to prepare more in
every volleyball skill”.