Nicaragua wins NORCECA Group M Tournament
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.
Nicaragua 3, Jamaica 1
Suriname 3, Bermuda 0