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; everybody’s happy!”


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.