MANAGUA, Nicaragua, September 9, 2023 – Nicaragua took advantage of their opponent’s errors to overcome El Salvador 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) in the closing match of the fourth day of the XXII AFECAVOL Central American Women’s Senior Cup.
This is the second victory for the home team with one defeat, while El Salvador holds a record of 1-3.
El Salvador led in attacks 30-29 and in serves 7-3, but Nicaragua put up a wall of five effective blocks, while their opponents had none, and committed 38 unforced errors compared to Nicaragua’s 20.
Lolette Rodríguez was Nicaragua’s top scorer with 11 points, while Gabriela Funes and Adriana Flores finished with eight points each for El Salvador.
On Sunday, Nicaragua will face Guatemala at 6:30 p.m., while El Salvador has a rest day.
René Quintana, coach of Nicaragua: “This is one of the most evenly matched Central American Senior Championships in recent years, we’ve seen very close games, with countries like Panama finding their rhythm and putting up good games against Honduras or Belize. I like that because it will force us to prepare more, and other countries will continue to grow. There are no small rivals here”.
Lolette Rodríguez, Nicaragua’s top attacker: “We knew it would be a tough match; this team has a strong defense and doesn’t let an easy ball drop. We tried to play our game and finish the match as quickly as possible. Our coach told us that the important thing was to get the victory, no matter how many sets, but we managed to win in three, and that’s important”.