Venezuela clinch fifth place in South American Battle at CACG
CORDOBA, Mexico, November 20, 2014 - Venezuela clinched the
fifth place at XXII the Central American and Caribbean Games
after beating Colombia in five sets (36-34, 21-25, 25-15,
Margarita Martinez guided the Colombian attack with a total of
22 points, to be the top scorer of the match, followed by Amanda
Coneo with 20 and Yeisi Soto with 17.
had more variations on their attack by distributing it among
Roslandy Acosta (19), María José Pérez (18), Desiree Glod (16)
and Sharlin Bidean (13).
Venezuela had an advantage of 8-7 in blocks and 5-4 serving.
Colombia gave up 33 points by error, and Venezuela surrendered
The first set was the longest one at Women’s Volleyball
Tournament. Venezuela and Colombia scored 70 combined points as
the set finished 36-34 in favor of the Venezuelan team. The set
also lasted 36 minutes. The match had a total combination of 229
points and lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes.
“Despite this was a match for the fifth place. It was very
tough. We fought hard despite losing it. It was a first set with
a lot of points and that gave us some confidence. We have a very
young team and we qualified this year to a Grand Prix for 2015,”
said Alejandra Marin, captain of Colombia.
“We got over the sadness of losing against them in the first
round. There is always a sport but friendly rivalry. We expected
to aspire for more, but I’m glad In the end”, said Desiree Glod,
captain of Venezuela.
“We could not get into the medals, but this was such a great
battle. The players gave it all on the court. We increased our
level one step at a time, but were short of time. We expect to
gain more exposure,” Sergio Rivero, coach of Venezuela
“Congratulations to Venezuela, they played hard. It is not easy.
They came for more, but their pool was very tough. Afterall, I’m
glad for my team with a lot of young players, that also had very
good results on the U22 championship and prepare for the South
American Championships as well as the Grand Prix,” Mauro
Marasciulo, coach of Colombia, commented.