Guatemala secure spot in third round of WCH Qualifiers
Hosts Guatemala won their two matches of Saturday to secure a spot in next year's round of qualifiers within NORCECCA|
Guatemala City, Guatemala, June 8, 2013 – Guatemala won their two matches of Saturday at Alfonso Gordillo Gymnasium to secure a spot in the finals of the NORCECA Group L Tournament towards the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship.
By reaching the title match of the two-day competition, Guatemala also earned a spot in the NORCECA third round of qualifiers next year. In the finals the home girls will meet the winners of Sunday’s match between Guadeloupe and St Kitts & Nevis.
The top two finishers of the six tournaments scheduled in 2013 secure berths in next year’s final round of events along with the top seven seeded teams of the region –United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Also the third placed team of those six events with the best NORCECA ranking at the beginning of 2014 will complete the list of 20 squads to compete in five tournaments.
Guadeloupe 3, Aruba 0
Guadeloupe opened actions with a victory over Aruba 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-14). Guadeloupe outscored Aruba with a wide advantage in all the scoring categories, spikes (25-7), blocks (9-4) and aces (10-1). The top scorer of the match was Isabelle Acina with 12 points, including 3 aces, for the winning side.
Guatemala 3, St Kitts & Nevis 0
Guatemala made its debut with a straight-set (25-13, 25-14, 25-10) victory over St. Kitts & Nevis. The first win of the home team was highlighted by Rut Gomez with 20 points while Diana Arias and Blanca Ocaña contributed with 11 and 10 respectively. The hosts took control of the match from start to finish with advantages of 6-2 in blocking and 9-0 in aces.
St Kitts & Nevis 3, Aruba 0
Shanicia Dyer and Brenda Allen each had 15 points to lead St Kitts & Nevis to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13) over Aruba in just 59 minutes. After two outings St. Kitts & Nevis has a 1-1 win-loss mark while Aruba remained winless. The winners held a 4-1 advantage in aces while the losers were tops 6-5 in blocks. Jackie Toussaint finished with 10 points for Aruba.
Guatemala 3, Guadeloupe 0
The home girls had to fight hard to earn their second victory of Saturday by defeating Guadeloupe 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-15) in the closing match of day one. Guadeloupe attacked in every way possible with superiority in blocking by 10-4, but the local girls were able to take control with advantage in spikes 41-24. Rut Gomez was Guatemala’s top scorer with 19 points and Isabelle Acina was Guadeloupe’s best with 11 points.