Thriller comeback win for Guatemala at AFECAVOL WCQT
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, November 30, 2016.- Guatemala came from
behind to win their first match at the AFECAVOL Women’s FIVB
World Championship qualification tournament defeating Honduras
3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-9).
Honduras took charge of the actions breaking Guatemala’s defense
to win sets one and two rather easily. Guatemala recovered from
a five point deficit pocketing set three with a lot of effort,
while in set four Guatemala’s blocking was crucial, leaving
Honduras without resources.
Guatemala held impressive advantage in kills 51-37 and in
blocking by 14-5, while Honduras dominated in serves 10-5.
Guatemala scored on 38 opponent errors and Honduras on 45.
Opposite player Rut Gomez led Guatemala with 19 points, joining
efforts with outside hitter Blanca Recinos with 17 points, while
Ada Villalobos and Dayrin Alarcon added 11 points apiece.
Cecille Johnson of Honduras topped all scorers with 22 points
and her teammate outside hitter Lourdes Morales contributed with
Guatemala (1-0) plays against El Salvador (0-1) on Thursday,
while Honduras has the day off.
Blanca Recinos captain of Guatemala said “both teams played to a
great level, Honduras took us by surprise and we were able to
recover improving our attitude, added to our desire to win. Our
coaches’ tactical strategy helped to improve our energy.
Honduras played very well and they were always on top of us. I
am satisfied that we were able to comeback but we are aware that
we did things wrong”.
Cecille Johnson Honduras’ top scorer indicated “it’s a difficult
loss, we had the match in our hands, I believe we needed to put
much more effort and play together as a team”.
Assistant coach Julio Dominguez of Guatemala explained “this was
the typical first match of a tournament, the team need to adjust
better and suffer the consequences of their lack of experience
of playing young and older players together. Sadly we didn’t
have preparation matches and it’s up until now that we can
establish strategies for each situation. Guatemala showed its
ability to make changes in blocking and receiving, but mostly in
serving, we failed in the beginning, the team was lost”.
Cuban Marcos Tejeda, coach of Honduras considers his players
need to follow instructions better and try not to lose
concentration “we dominated Guatemala the whole time, my players
lost confidence and our opponent took advantage of the
situation. We need to work more on the psychological factors
surrounding the team, the team lost control while losing one of
our players during the match. I tried to direct them but they
weren’t focused, we annulled Guatemala but they knew how to
recover, they managed to improve and we went on playing badly”.