El Salvador triumph over Nicaragua to keep hopes for bronze
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 15, 2018.- Hosts El Salvador
dominated Nicaragua in the needed straight sets 3-0 (26-24,
26-24, 28-26) to keep their hopes of winning the Men's AFECAVOL
Central American Championship bronze medal alive.
It was a neck to neck battle that ended with El Salvador
improving to 2-3 their win-loss record and 12 points in ranking
and puts them in the run for bronze standing in third place.
Also with the same 2-3 record are Belize and Nicaragua; Belize
is in fourth place with 10 points, followed by Nicaragua with 8
El Salvador had it rough bouncing back in all three sets, as
Nicaragua's resilient attackers Garcia and Zeledon never stopped
pounding over the net. In set two El Salvador came back on two
occasions, the first recovering from five points down (1-6) and
then from three deficit points (15-18). The undying will from
both sides was stronger in a dramatic third set finishing.
El Salvador led 13-11 in blocking and Nicaragua held 43-41
advantage in attacks. Both teams scored 2 points from the
service line and El Salvador committed fewer errors (18-24).
The host used a balanced scoring offense with outside hitter
Francisco Hernández (17pts), middle blocker Diego Guidos
(12pts), opposite Carlos Rodriguez (10pts) and outside hitter
Rodrigo Chavez (10pts). Opposite Denis Garcia of Nicaragua
topped all scorers with 19 points. Nicaragua's outside hitter
Jony Zeledon contributed with 13 points and middle blocker Diego
Cuadra scored 9 points.
Outside hitter Carlos Rodríguez of El Salvador said Nicaragua is
always a strong opponent "they never make things easy; today
either won of us could have won, but we minimized our errors and
pressured with our serves because they had difficulties
receiving and opening their passing to the ends".
Roberto García, assistant coach of El Salvador said "all our
matches have been dramatic; today's result was very important
because we were fighting for the bronze. Our last opponent is
Panama and we hope they continue as distracted as they have been
in other games. Today my team was more relaxed, they weren't as
pressures to be the host".
Osman Hernández coach of Nicaragua said unfortunately they
didn't reach their goal "my guys fought strong, they gave
everything they have; some mental errors at the end of each set
cost us the loss, the team couldn't the fighting spirit that we
hoped for. They didn't take the crucial decisions because they