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Nicaragua wins NORCECA Group M Tournament

Nicaraguans jump around after the victory in five sets over Jamaica for the gold medal of NORCECA Group M on Sunday

Kingston, Jamaica, June 2, 2013 – Nicaragua claimed the gold medal at the NORCECA Second Round Group M Tournament, a zonal qualification event towards the 2014 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship, by outdueling Jamaica/Nicaragua in a five-setter 21-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 15-10 in front of hundreds of fans at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium on Sunday.

Despite the fact both teams had already booked spots to the third and final round of NORCECA qualification tournaments scheduled early next year they played hearts-out volleyball from start to finish. Earlier on Sunday, Nicaragua had defeated the home team in four sets.

“Our serves were the keys for us tonight and I also think we were better than them at the net,” Nicaraguan Coach Rene Quintana said. “We cleared a lot of hurdles like the injury of our middle blocker Josafat (Diaz) in the morning match but the young Maryuri (Torres) came in and did a good job.”

“I also have to give a lot of credit to the siblings Traña (Heidy and Helen) who played great the whole tournament,” he added.

Quintana praised the efforts of the National Federation of Nicaragua for what he called a “huge effort” and NORCECA Confederation for its support.

On the other hand, Jamaica’s Gatasheu Bonner said he was glad about qualifying even though they wanted to win the gold medal.

“We played much better than in the morning but I must admit that on this day Nicaragua was better than us,” Bonner said.

Suriname defeated Bermuda 25-15, 25-9, 25-12 to conclude in third place. It was the second victory of the day for Suriname over the winless Bermuda.
In the earlier matches of Sunday:

Nicaragua 3, Jamaica 1
Nicaragua completed its journey throughout the preliminary round by outdueling Jamaica 25-15, 25-18, 26-28, 25-14 on Sunday morning. The two teams are already qualified to next year’s third round of events and will meet again on Sunday night to decide the first place. Both sides played with intensity even though the match was only a warm-up in anticipation of tonight’s contest. The strong offense of Nicaragua, led by Claudia Noguera and the Traña siblings (Heidy and Hellen) combined with a pretty good effort by setter Lolette Rodriguez.

Suriname 3, Bermuda 0
Suriname defeated Bermuda 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-11) finishing with a 1-2 win-loss record in the preliminary round. The taller and more athletic team of Suriname dominated all the three sets despite the effort and enthusiasm of the Bermudian side. Both teams will play each other again this evening in the contest for third place.

Overall Results:

June 1
Nicaragua d Suriname 3-1 (28-26, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Jamaica d Bermuda 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-8)
Nicaragua d Bermuda 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-4)
Jamaica d Suriname 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21)

June 2
Suriname d Bermuda 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-11)
Nicaragua d Jamaica 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 26-28, 25-14)

Bronze Medal
Suriname d Bermuda 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-12)

Gold Medal
Nicaragua d Jamaica 3-2 (21-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 15-10)

Final positions
2. Jamaica
3. Suriname
4. Bermuda

Individual Awards
MVP: Helen Traña NCA
Best Scorer: Sandrina Huncel SUR
Best Spiker: Heidy Traña NCA
Best Blocker:Avaniki Campbell JAM
Best Server: Claudia Noguera NCA
Best Setter: Cheryl Brunings SUR
Best Digger: Myriam Blandino NCA
Best Receiver: Haydee Valies SUR
Best Libero: Farahnaz Levens SUR




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