Costa Rica blocks Guatemala all the way
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 3, 2019.-
Costa Rica blocked Guatemala with a huge 14-4 margin in
their sweeping victory 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-22) on Thursday
night at the eighteenth AFECAVOL U21 Men’s Central American
Championship at FESAVOL Gymnasium in San Salvador, El
Costa Rica left Guatemala with little to none options of
recovery jumping to comfortable leads in all three sets.
Costa Rica improved their record 2-1 while Guatemala dropped
Besides their huge margin in blocks, Costa Rica also led
38-27 in attacks and held a slim 3-2 margin in aces. Costa
Rica committed 17 errors and Guatemala finished with 19.
The winners balanced their scoring offence between middle
blocker Reyman Alfaro with 13 points including 8 huge
blocks, outside hitter Dowshel Mc Donald scored 11 points
and opposite Deykel Smith added 10 points. Opposite player
José Rodrigo Carrillo led Guatemala with 10 points all on
On Friday Costa Rica (2-1) will face Honduras (1-3) and
Guatemala has the day off.
Juan Diego Arrieta, Captain of Costa Rica: “Having lost to
Nicaragua and not giving our best effort only motivated us
to show what we can do. We blocked a lot and our aggressive
kills were the key in being superior”.
Sergio Araya, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “The guys followed
every instruction of using their strength and changing speed
in their kills, in consequence we knocked Guatemala out of
rhythm and they didn´t know whether to defend in the back
row or go to make coverage. The blocking, attacking,
everything worked out. These five points puts us in the
fight and gives confidence to the group, we are coming from
less to more”.
Reider Lucas, Head Coach of Guatemala: “It was a really bad
game for us. Costa Rica knew how to prevail on the court,
set the rhythm of the game and it’s evident in the result.
We never figured out how to get on top, nor impose our game.
Tomorrow we will try to mentally recover and try to motivate
them and see if we can be among the medalists”.