Belize City, July 13, 2022.- Nicaragua equaled its record in a win and a loss by beating El Salvador (0-2) 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-23) on the second day of the XIX Central American U21 Women’s Volleyball Championship.
Gilmary Smith and Grace Zeledón combined with 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead Nicaragua to its first win after losing to Belize on day one, while El Salvador’s Daniela López registered 16 points.
Nicaragua was better in offense 36-27 and serving 5-4, with the Salvadorans being better in blocking 5-4, although they committed 30 errors for 21 points due to errors by their opponents.
Francesca Medrano, captain of Nicaragua: “I feel happy and satisfied, but hungry for a medal. I think we play more as a team, we trust each other and these are the results. The receipt arrived and I was able to play in the three zones, the girls resolved and that was that we managed to overcome our nerves”.
Claudia Noguera, coach of Nicaragua: “The result will encourage us to maintain a good pace of play in the following games, because it is a very even competition and we needed to win. We were more concentrated, less nervous and they paid attention to the work that was done in training”.
María Rodríguez, captain of El Salvador: “First we have to improve communication between us, our attitude, because it was somewhat down, and we have to work on that. We are much more capable than this, it was a mental block that affected us, although Nicaragua was a very good opponent”.
Noé Fabián, coach of El Salvador: “First, congratulate Nicaragua because they did a good job, although we didn’t play like we normally do, it was a mental block that didn’t allow us to develop our game. It’s complicated because it’s a young team, which is gaining experience, we’re going to keep working, adding and trying to get the best, the positive from each game”.
Nicaragua will face Guatemala at 5:00 p.m. this Thursday, while El Salvador takes on Belize at 7:30 p.m.