Panama wins AFECAVOL opener to El Salvador
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, November 30, 2016.- Panama beat El Salvador
3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-23) in the first match of the round-robin
AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB World Championship qualification
tournament at Managua, Nicaragua.
El Salvador took the lead at the beginning with comfortable
advantage but Panama’s spikers worked slowly to move forward and
were able to tie the actions at point 20; from there on the
Panamanians remained on top.
El Salvador’s advantage in spikes 32-23 weren’t enough to
counterattack Panama’s 9-2 lead in blocks and 5-3 in aces.
Panama committed 38 errors while El Salvador 30.
Outside hitter Maria Gallimore led Panama spikers with 12 points
while outside hitters Madeline Gonzales and Adriana Flores led
El Salvador with 13 points apiece.
On Thursday, El Salvador (0-1) will face Guatemala and Panama
(1-0) meets the home team Nicaragua.
Captain Joanna Arroyo of Panama said “we are fighters, it was
very difficult for us to compete in this tournament; our
preparation started a month ago and despite of that we cameo out
on top, just like David against Goliath. Our setters just
started to play with us and I am surprised of the good job they
did, they definitely are leaders. This victory gives us more
“In my opinion our spikes weren’t effective; we lacked energy
and gave Panama more opportunities. We were leading in the first
set and our own errors made it hard to recover. Nothing’s lost
yet; I believe that the first match is always the hardest” said
El Salvador’s Captain Adriana Flores.
Head coach Eliot Clarke of Panama indicated that it’s motivating
to start with a victory “we aren’t used to play with this ball,
we asked for time-outs at the right moments and the girls
responded well, they played calm. We must work on receiving,
attacking and defense”.
Dany Calderon, Coach of El Salvador explained “we committed too
many unforced errors and it costs us the match. The scores show
it was a tight match but we will continue to fight, this was our
first match and I think the players were nervous”.