Guatemala on route to retain AFECAVOL title
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 15, 2018.-
Guatemala defeated Panama 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) to remain on
route to retain the Men’s Senior AFECAVOL title at the twentieth
edition of the event being played at FESAVOL Gymnasium in San
Salvador, El Salvador.
Defending champion Guatemala continues unbeaten with 5-0 record
and 25 ranking points; Panama has 1-4 record for a total of 5
Guatemala took charge of the actions from set one, but Panama’s
reaction in set two was strong; they adjusted their blocking to
stop Guatemala’s top hitter Andy Leonardo, keeping the score
very close and tied on several occasions. Guatemala is no
serious danger, managing their fifth straight set win in a row.
Guatemala led with huge 40-25 advantage in kills, a 7-5 margin
in blocks and 5-2 in aces. Guatemala finished with 22 unforced
errors and Panama with 23.
Opposite Andy Leonardo scored 16 points and continues to be
Guatemala’s leading attacker; outside hitter Wagner Chacon
contributed with 11 points and Carlos Lopez tallied 9 points.
Opposite Otto Othon finished with 14 points or Panama and
outside hitter Oswald Marshall joined with 9 points.
On the last day of the event, Guatemala (5-0) plays against
Belize (2-3) and Panama (1-4) against El Salvador (1-3).
Guatemala’s captain, Carlo Lopez explained his team had bad
rhythm “we weren’t solid, we didn’t set our rhythm like the
previous matches, we were different. In the end we finished on
top. We will make the necessary adjustments to have more
character in tomorrow’s match against a tough team like
Opposite Otto Othon of Panama expressed his team is not
motivated enough “we aren’t controlling
receiving-attacking-passing (K1), we are failing at this.
Despite the result, we gave a good performance against a highly
competitive team and had their strongest player Andy under
control, we almost one a set but our energy wasn’t consistent
Luis Fernando Castañeda assistant coach of Guatemala said “you
don’t play the same every day, an today we our game level was
low but we reached our objective. It wasn’t what we expected but
the guys solved things well, now we must concentrate on tomorrow
when we face Belize, who has the top scorers of the tournament;
we are highly motivated to finish with another victory”.
Coach Horacio Angulo of Panama said “my team wins 4-5 points and
then loses them, there’s no consistency. I made variations and
they stared to work, but my team was quickly unorganized again.
My outside hitters unfortunately aren’t efficient; on the
contrary of my opposite who scores more than 10 points.
Guatemala has strength; I thought we could have one a set.
Tomorrow I’ll try to work on motivation so they can change their