Guatemala dominates Panama 3-0
BELIZE CITY, Belize, August 7, 2018 - Guatemala enjoyed their
second win to assuage two losses in the 10th game of
the 20th Central American women’s volleyball
championships, dominating Panama 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) in
the tenth match in Belize City.
Guatemala served more aces: 9-3, and gained 34 points by their
opponents’ errors, though they conceded 21 points by unforced
errors. Panama has improved and had the advantage: 30-27 on
spikes, and both sides had 5 blocks each.
Middle blocker Astrid González led Guatemala with 12 points: 8
spikes, 3 aces and 1 block. Opposite María García scored 11
points: 7 spikes, 3 aces and a block, and middle blocker Aury
Alvarez scored 8 points.
Opposite Hashlyn Cuero top-scored for Panama with 13 points: 10
attacks, 2 blocks and 1 ace. Outside hitter Nayoisee Campbell
added 9 points: 8 spikes and an ace.
Guatemala’s coach William Fernández Pizat was satisfied with his
team’s performance, admitting: “it’s hard to concentrate after
two losses, but the team responded and got the win.”
Ada Villalobos was magnanimous in victory, congratulating
Panama, “who never said die! Nonetheless, we focused on our
serves, as those were our coach’s instructions. At times, we did
lose focus, but we kept on scoring and it gave us the win;
Panama’s coach Eliot Clarke acknowledged Guatemala’s supreme
effort: “they worked hard to be in contention for the title.
Play is now at a whole new level, and everyone is feeling the
pressure. I congratulate Guatemala on a job well done, they
exploited our mistakes, and good ball.”
Hashlyn Cuero also congratulated Guatemala “because they knew
how to take advantage of our errors. A pity we could not achieve
the win, but it’s a lesson well learned for the future, and
we’ve got to keep on working.