El Salvador wins Men’s AFECAVOL Bronze Medal
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 16, 2018.-
Host El Salvador won the bronze medal in emotional 3-1 (25-22,
29-31, 25-18, 25-23) victory against Panama at the twentieth
Men’s AFECAVOL Central American Championship that finished on
Friday at FESAVOL gymnasium of San Salvador.
The bronze medal was decided up to the last match of the
tournament; host El Salvador outnumbered Nicaragua in ranking
points (16-13) as both finished with the same 3-3 win-loss
There was lots of excitement with the crowd’s involvement during
El Salvador’s bronze medal win. The host executed their strategy
from the start, taking Panama by surprise. In set two, Panama
amazingly recovered from a seven point deficit (11-19) with a
spectacular display by Libero Miguel Medina along with their
well settled blocking, finishing with both teams failing
consecutive serves for the dramatic 31-29.
The drama continued but El Salvador was the one to limit their
errors. El Salvador held advantage in kills (48-46) and in aces
(2-1), while Panama held 15-11 margin in blocks. El Salvador
committed 32 errors and Panama a total of 43.
Both teams used a balanced offense. Outside hitters Rodrigo
Chavez and Francisco Hernandez led El Salvador with 15 points
apiece, followed by middle blocker Diego Guidos with 11 points.
On Panama’s side, outside hitter Oswald Marshall led with 16
points, middle blocker Angel Beitia and opposite Otto Othon
chipped in with 15 and 14 points accordingly.
Luis “Pinky” Flores, Libero of El Salvador said that generally
speaking the team had difficulties performing at home “these are
very young boys and it was hard to overcome the pressure. Today
the team was looser, the fans were spectacular and I really
enjoy playing at home. Panama is really tough, it was indredible
how we lost the second set, we were mentally blocked. The team
was committed to win the medal. I am retiring from the National
team and I’m not empty handed”.
Panama’s coach Horacio Angulo expressed he was satisfied with
his team’s performance “today the team was focused, the team
finished the well. El Salvador is a team that has a lot of
changes and they are well prepared, I tried to keep the rhythm.
In comparison to other games, this was the best for us. My
opposite player (Othon) has done a really good job and today the
team supported more, it was a fine spectacle”.