Nicaragua battles to beat Panama

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 17, 2021 - Nicaragua defeated Panama 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-20) in the closing game of the first day of the XXI Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.


The Nicaraguans won the first set comfortably, but in the next two they had to battle to overcome an Panama´s advantage of more than 5 points. In the second set, Nicaragua took the lead at the close (15-14) thanks to the good service of setter Lolette Rodríguez and good blocking by Hellen Traña.


In the third set, Panama also took the lead (16-13), but Nicaragua came back with the actions of Dalia Conto and Valeska Hernández in the attacks.


Josafat Díaz with 11 points was the best for the locals, and with 10 were Dalia Conto and Hellen Traña. For Panama, the best was María Gallimore with 10 and 7 from Haslyn Cuero. Nicaragua led the attack 36-22, blocking 7-3 and the service went to Panama 5-4, with 28 errors from Panama to 17 from Nicaragua.


Josafat Díaz, Nicaragua´s best scorer: “I dedicate this victory to my grandmother, she passed away a month ago and well this victory is for her. Thank God because we won this game, it was difficult because we came from behind, we showed that we can recover, we got discouraged at times because the reception wasnt good, but then we managed to improve on that”.


René Quintana, Nicaragua´s coach: “All teams have had some problem with the wind on the court, especially with the reception, which affected us a lot at the start of the teams. Panama was a great rival, but the girls reached maturity, settled on the field and we managed to come back and finish with quite a difference”.


Johana Arroyo, Panama´s captain: “I congratulate the Nicaraguan team who stayed constant, despite the fact that the last two sets we had a clear advantage and they came back. Our team had the guts to win, but we lacked the coupling as a team. We must assess that it is the first game, with the home team that is strong, but we have a lot of expectations with the team we have".


Eliot Clarke, coach of Panama: “Getting used to the gym here is difficult, but we looked good at the beginning, with grit and we relaxed at the end. We had problems with the receipt and poor location in the lock, that's what we need to improve. Tomorrow we are going to give it more enthusiasm ”.


Panama will face Guatemala this Monday at 7:00 p.m., while Nicaragua has its day off.