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El Salvador overcomes U.S. Virgin Islands to win Group K

El Salvador won its four matches during the weekend including twice against hosts U.S. Virgin Islands in St Croix

St Croix, Virgin Islands, May 26, 2013 – El Salvador claimed a come from behind victory over hosts U.S Virgin Islands to finish atop of the NORCECA Second Round Group K Tournament, a qualifier to the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

The Central Americans recovered from a 1-2 deficit to collect the five-set win 21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 15-9 at the Ronald “Ranche” Charles Arena on Sunday night. They took advantage of the 56 errors committed by the athletic local team compared to their 24 mistakes.

Both teams were already qualified to the third round of NORCECA tournaments to be held early in 2014 which includes five four-team competitions and a playoff to be disputed by the runner-ups teams in those events.

Adriana Flores was the only player of the winners who finished with double-figures in the scores with 13 points. Denisse Rogel had 9 while Diana Romero and Gabriela Martinez each had 7. Hosts’ Valissa Brathwaithe had 26 points followed by Danielle Selkridge and Sacha Gumbs with 19 and 13 respectively.

The winners held an 11-6 difference in aces while the defeated side topped in the blocking category 14-6.

“Our serves were again the difference, especially in the fourth set and during the tie-breaker,” Flores said. “U.S. Virgin Islands was a team very tough to beat.”

“I am very proud of my team,” said Nery Henriquez, the coach of El Salvador. “At the end we were a little more consistent but the victory could have gone either way.”

Gumbs, the captain of the local team, said the Salvadorans had more desire and the match was won by the team that wanted it most.

“Both team had a lot of up and downs during the match but we suffered a mental breakdown and could not overcome it at the end,” Gumbs said. “They wanted to win more than us and they got it.”

St Vincent and Grenadines v British Virgin Islands
St Vincent and Grenadines defeated British Virgin Islands 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 the match for third place. It was the second victory for St Vincent and Grenadines both in consecutive sets off the winless British Virgin Islands. Krystal Ralph and Bretisha Gregg concluded the match with double digits in the scoring charts with 13 and 12 respectively for the winners. St Vincent held a 10-5 advantage in aces while British Virgin Islands had a 9-3 margin in blocks.

El Salvador v St Vincent and Grenadines
El Salvador advanced to the final match of Group K with a straight-set (25-18, 25-20, 25-19) victory over St Vincent and Grenadines. The victory earned the Salvadorans a 3-0 win-loss record and a spot in the third round of zonal competitions to be held early next year. Captain Adriana Flores and Gabriela Martinez each contributed 8 points to the victory while Dennise Rogel and Andrea Mansur charted six apiece. Nikita Campbell had a match-high 11 points for the losers.

U.S. Virgin Islands v British Virgin Islands
Hosts U.S. Virgin Islands scored a straight-set victory (25-13, 25-4, 25-15) over British Virgin Islands to advance to the third round of NORCECA qualifiers. The winners were to play against El Salvador on Sunday evening for the top place at the Second Round Group K and a better seeding in next year’s round of tournaments. Danielle Selkridge led U.S. Virgin Islands with 18 points, including six blocks and five aces, while Valissa Brathwaite added 13.

Final positions:
1. El Salvador
2. U.S. Virgin Islands
3. St Vincent and Grenadines
4. British Virgin Islands

Individual Awards:
MVP: Adriana Flores ESA
Best Scorer: Danielle Selkridge ISV
Best Spiker: Danielle Selkridge ISV
Best Blocker: Danielle Selkridge ISV
Best Server: Diana Romero ESA
Best Setter: Melissa Schjang-Simmonds ISV
Best Receiver: Sacha Gumbs ISV
Best Digger: Nysha Lindo ISV
Best Libero: Preanka Williams VIN


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