El Salvador secures podium by 3-1 win vs Nicaragua
BELIZE CITY, Belize, August 7, 2018 - El Salvador remains
undefeated and assured of a place on the podium by their 3-1
victory over Nicaragua (25-22, 29-27, 23-25, 26-24) in the 11th
game of the 20th Central American women’s volleyball
championships, in Belize City.
El Salvador had the advantage on spikes: 54-47 and in serving
aces: 18-7, and they gained 23 points by their opponents’
errors, which they repaid in kind by 31 errors. Nicaragua had
the advantage on blocks: 13-8.
Outside hitter Gabriela Funes top-scored for El Salvador with 21
points: 18 spikes, 2 blocks and an ace. Middle blocker Tatiana
Menjivar scored 17 points: 11 spikes, 2 blocks and 4 aces.
Outside hitter Kathya Vasquez scored 14 points: 8 spikes,
serving 5 aces, and 1 block; and middle blocker Roxana Avalos
scored 11 points: 6 spikes, 2 blocks and 3 aces.
Helen Trana led Nicaragua with 13 points:
12 ataques and a block, and outside hitter Maryuri
Torres hammered 12 kills! Middle blockers Josafat Diaz and
Dalia Conto scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
El Salvador’s coach Ingrid Rivas declared, “we achieved an
objective. We have set ourselves targets, and bit by bit, we are
meeting them. We knew it was going to be a hard game. We know
that Nicaragua is really a team that’s always on the medal
podium. We trained on that basis, trying to evaluate them and
divine their weaknesses. We played to our strengths, and thank
God, it worked out for us, we got the win.”
Salvador’s setter Laura Villalobos admitted: “it was a really
tough game, tough on both teams. We played heart and soul, and
left it all on the court! Thanks be to God, that we got the win!
Cause Nicaragua is a tough team to beat!”
Veteran Claudia Noguera congratulated El Salvador: “They took
the court with winning attitude, which I believe is important at
any time and place. It was a tough game, the other team came out
to play, and left it all on the court! I believe who won was
destined to win, no matter what.”