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The United States and Panama open with success in NORCECA Women’s Pool O

Panama's defence at the net proved to be a key factor in the victory over Honduras
Colorado Springs, United States, May 15, 2014 - The United States and Panama claimed victories on Thursday afternoon to open the NORCECA Women’s World Championship Qualification Third-Round Pool O Tournament held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, USA.

The United States, who host the tournament, used their height advantage to win against Guatemala in three sets 3-0  (25-10, 25-18, 25-1), while Panama defeated Honduras 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-13, 25-16) in a contest between Central American rivals.
USA captain Kelly Reeves scored 12 points. Ten of the 12 USA players scored at least a point. Katie Slay also chipped in with 10. Guatemala, on the other hand, were paced by Stefany Bolanos with 12 points including four aces, while Blanca Recinos added seven points.

USA out-blocked Guatemala 9-2 and held an 11-6 margin in aces.

Against Honduras, Panama's Katherine Taju and Joanna Arroyo scored team highs of 17 points each. Angela Evans contributed 12 points. Tessa Flores and Estela Duron both collected six points for Honduras.

Panama’s block stifled Honduras with an 11-4 advantage to offset 38 errors in the match.

“This was the first time we were playing against another team this season and we were kind of excited,” USA Captain Kelly Reeves said. “We got the jitters out the first set and then kind of got on a roll.”

“We came here with an objective and I think we accomplished it,” Panama’s captain Joanna Arroyo said. “We had six months of practice leading up to this game and we are happy to get the win.”


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