Panama third place at AFECAVOL qualifier
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 4, 2016.- Panama earned third place
of the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship qualification
tournament after defeating Honduras 3-1 (27-29, 25-13, 25-19,
25-23) at IND Volleyball Venue in Managua, Nicaragua.
In sets one and four, both teams engaged in long rallies and
with a similar performance. Panama had no difficulties in sets
two and three making significant changes in their line-up,
leaving Honduras with little possibilities to recover. Panama
finishes with ten points and 2-2 win-loss record; Honduras
leaves with four points and 0-4 record.
Panama held a huge margin in blocking by 14-6 stopping Honduras
offense. They were also better in service points with 8-5
advantage. Honduras did better in kills 47-40 but not
significant as they allowed Panama to score on 40 unforced
errors. Panama committed 26 errors.
Middle blocker Yileen Ng scored 16 points for the winners joined
by outside hitter Joanna Arroyo and middle blocker Angela Evans
with 13 points apiece. Honduras’ opposite Cecille Johnson led
all scorers with 22 points, outside hitter Lourdes Morales
scored 12 points and middle blocker Mariajosse Diaz 10.
Joanna Arroyo, captain of Panama:
“We are very proud for finishing in third place; we struggled to
be in this tournament. We came with our heads up and this result
benefits Panama; our federation authorities can see that we are
a team worth investing in. Undoubtedly this is a good lesson for
our president to set a serious plan for the next Central
American Games and try to win the gold”.
Catarina Leiva of Honduras:
“Despite losing, we saw a significant growth in our junior
players; setter Ruth Campos is 16 years old and opposite Cecille
Johnson is 17. Lourdes Morales is a U-23 player and she improved
enormously. We are satisfied of a team winning intangible