scores 39 points as Colombia moves to semifinals
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 31, 2018.- Liberman Agamez scored
39 points in Colombia’s victory over Venezuela 3-2 (23-25,
25-22, 26-28, 26-24, 15-13) qualifying to the men’s volleyball
semifinals at the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American and
Caribbean Games at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Colombia’s nail biting five-set victory was carried by its best
weapon, Liberman Agamez, whose pounding force over the net
scored on 30 kills and 3 blocks, in addition on 6 aces with
Venezuela also pressured with strength, grabbing away the third
set to Colombia while recovering from a 21-24 deficit that
Colombia wasn’t able to grasp. Liberman extended to the
tie-break with his powerful serves, cheered by the noisy crowd
that celebrated Colombia’s huge victory.
Adonis Herrera, Humberto Machacon and Leandro Mejía added 10
points apiece for Colombia. Venezuela’s offensive was also on
fire, with 31 points by Emerson Rodriguez, followed by Willner
Rivas scoring 20 points and Jose Verdi with 10 points.
Colombia edged Venezuela with huge 11-5 margin in blocks and
10-6 in aces; they also held advantage in attacks with 68-63
margin. Colombia committed more errors 38-26.
Colombian Liberman Agamez said “the whole team, the coaches, was
outstanding. Thank God we won and qualified to semifinals.
Tomorrow we have to compete strong and hope for a good result
because all the supporters never abandoned us. Colombia needs
more practice matches; we have been together for only 15-20 days
before the tournament. The federation has done what’s possible.
I dedicate this happiness to all Colombia and my family”.
Eliseo Ramos head coach of Colombia said he was a nervous wreck
“you must have a good heart condition to take this. Liberman
carried the team, he is our warrior, and he is carrying out a
violent sequence for the matches we have left. The boys must do
better so Liberman can take some oxygen because he’s taking too
much”. About facing Cuba in semifinals, “we’ll recover the team
for tomorrow, with ice and in the pool. We’ve reached one of our
objectives to be in the top four”.
Venezuela’s top scorer, Emerson Rodriguez said to be
disappointed, “we played with heart; things did not go well to
complete the necessary points. We must continue we still have
games to win, continue to fight for Venezuela and give it all;
we have to learn for our losses”.