Guatemala and Guadeloupe move to NORCECA third round
Hosts Guatemala won their four matches during the weekend to advance, along with Guadeloupe, to the third round of NORCECA qualifiers to Italy 2014|
Guatemala City, Guatemala, June 9, 2013 - Hosts Guatemala defeated Guadeloupe 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21) to claim the top spot at the NORCECA Second-Round Group L qualifier towards the 2014 Women’s FIVB World Championship in Italy.
Both teams advanced to the third and final phase of qualification tournaments to be held in the early part of next year.
Guatemala won their four matches of the weekend but saw their winning streak threatened when Guadeloupe erased a five-point difference to take the second set
Despite Guadeloupe’s 16-6 superiority in blocking, the Central Americans were able to claim the gold medal with advantages in spikes (45-33) and aces (6-2).
Guatemalan Rut Gomez had a match-high 24 points and Blanca Recinos contributed 13 points. Guadeloupe’s top scorers were Sandra Ramier with 15 points, followed by Meliza Bernard Fayolle with 13 and Isabelle Acina with 10.
In the other matches of Sunday:
St Kitts & Nevis 3, Aruba 0
St. Kitts & Nevis beat Aruba 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19) to finish in third place. The winners held a slight advantage in serves (6-5) and committed fewer errors (23-39) to take home the bronze. Winless Aruba was better in the blocking category (4-3). Brenda Allen of St. Kitts & Nevis and Jackie Toussaint of Aruba were the best scorers with 13 points apiece.
Guadeloupe 3, St Kitts & Nevis 0
Guadeloupe cruised past St. Kitts & Nevis 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-15) to conclude the preliminary round. Guadeloupe finished with a 2-1 win-loss record and booked their ticket to next year’s third-round. The winners’ offense was led by Meliza Bernard Fayolle with 13 points, including 6 blocks. Isabelle Acina and Beatrice Cyrilla chipped in with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Guatemala 3, Aruba 0
Guatemala displayed all their firing power while defeating Aruba in straight sets (25-4, 25-10, 25-12). The winning team finished undefeated the preliminary phase as they dominated their opponents in every aspect of the game. Natalia Giron and Andrea Diaz were the top scorers for Guatemala with 12 and 11 points respectively.