Managua, Nicaragua, December 11, 2008 - Guatemala and Nicaragua kept their perfect records in the FIVB Women’s World Championship Norceca-E second-round pool following the completion of Day Three on Thursday.
Guatemala scored a 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 victory over Belize while Nicaragua defeated El Salvador 25-18, 25-9, 25-18. In the other match Thursday, Panama edged Honduras 25-21, 24-26, 25-20, 25-11.
It took less than one hour for the Guatemalans to score their third victory without loss in the six-team Central American region competition. Belize now has a 0-3 win-loss mark.
The Nicaraguans' 15 aces cemented their path to victory number three, and they are on a collision course with Guatemala in the last match of the competition Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Panama (1-2) won to enable them to keep their chances alive of advancing to the third round of the competition next year. Honduras has a 0-3 win-loss record.
Susana Alvarado led Guatemala with 12 points, Blanca Reciños added 11, including three aces, and Aneliesse Burmaster added nine points. Barbara Cadle topped Belize with nine.
Claudia Noguera led Nicaragua with 19 points, including three blocks and four aces, Valeska Hernandez had four aces among her seven tallies and Lolette Rodriguez recorded seven points, including three aces. Ingrid Rivas had 11 points for El Salvador.
Johana Arroyo totalled 19 points in leading four Panamanians in double-figures. Hashlyn Cuero (14), Suany Terrero (13) and Karina Corella (11) completed the foursome. Honduran Carmen Aguilar recorded 13 points.
"Belize gave us a good battle but we took advantage of their moments of lack of concentration," said Guatemala's Burmester. Guatemala coach Leivis Garcia added, "Today we had the chance of moving around the team and give playing time to some junior players for future consideration."
Nicaragua Noguera said, "I think El Salvador helped us to elevate the level of our game," said Nicaraguan Noguera. Nicaragua coach Rene Quintana added, "Our blocking today was superior than our opponents who also had many reception mistakes."
Panama's Arroyo said, "I am very proud of my team. We played more as a unit, something we lacked in the other matches. We showed the desire of winning."
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