Defending champion Guatemala came out on top Nicaragua
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 20, 2018. - Defending
champion Guatemala came out on top Nicaragua 3-0 (26-24, 25-19,
25-10) in a clash of undefeated at the fourth Men’s U23 AFECAVOL
Central American Championship being held at Teodoro Palacios
Flores of Guatemala City.
The host and three times champion Guatemala is the only team
that remains undefeated after five days of competition.
Guatemala stands with prefect 4-0 record and perfect 20 points;
Nicaragua is in second with 3-1 and 13 points.
Guatemala and Nicaragua engaged in a tough first set, with
points going from one side to the other, but it was the home
team that began on top thru their opponent errors. Nicaragua
conceded more spaces allowing Guatemala to score in the middle
and neutralizing their outside attackers with triple blocks.
Finally, Guatemala had no difficulties in moving with character
and huge advantage to remain undefeated.
Guatemala prevailed on 37-33 margin in kills, 10-5 in blocks and
3-1 in aces. Outside hitter Wagner Chacon scored 13 points as
Guatemala’s leading attacker, joined by opposite Erick Flores
with 10 points and middle blocker Edras Pineda tallied 10
points. Opposite Denis Garcia of Nicaragua scored a match-high
of 15 points, while outside hitter Jonny Zeledon added 10
On Friday, Guatemala (4-0) will face Honduras (2-2) and
Nicaragua (3-1) meets Panama (3-2).
El central Edras Pineda de Guatemala dijo “Nicaragua es un
equipo muy fuerte, nos dieron bastante lucha pero gracias al
trabajo que venimos realizando pudimos sobresalir después de un
primer set muy reñido. Ellos entraron con toda su potencia y
nosotros pudimos ser más efectivos hasta el segundo set. El pase
funcionó muy bien y el ataque por el centro fue efectivo.
Físicamente nos sentimos bien, damos para más”.
Middle blocker Edras Pineda of Guatemala said “Nicaragua is a
strong team, we had to fight them hard but thanks to the good
work we have doing we prevailed after a very difficult first
set. They began with all their strength and we were more
effective up to the second set. Our passing turned out fine and
our offensive in the middle was effective. Physically we felt
well, we can do much more”.
Cuban Reider Lucas coach of Guatemala said the first set was
really complicated “Nicaragua performed well at the beginning,
they gave everything and there wasn’t much difference (it was
point by point), we were lucky to win the first set. The team
had good attitude and gave a good show. We were able to attack
in the middle and had more possibilities to attack thru there.
The boys did their job and finished the third set with huge
Osman Hernandez head coach of Nicaragua expressed “in the end
the team was desperate and we lost. We failed to win the first
set because of two concentration errors, which made the
difference. The team went on performing less effective and one
of our best attackers seemed tired. Mentally the team came out
short. Tomorrow’s game against Panama is crucial if we want to
think about winning a medal”.