Guatemala to play quarterfinals at Barranquilla CACG
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, July 30, 2018.- Guatemala moved to the
quarterfinals at the men’s volleyball tournament of the 2018
Barranquilla XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games after
defeating Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22)
at Humberto Perea Coliseum.
Guatemala finished fourth place in pool B, with 1-2 record and
will wait for their opponent in the quarterfinal round after
pool A is completed.
Guatemala jumped to an early lead in the first set (11-8) that
Trinidad and Tobago overcame with a spectacular effort to be in
top in the second technical time-out; still Guatemala remained
consistent taking the first and second sets. Trinidad and
Tobago worked hard, minimizing their scoring errors to extend
Guatemala’s victory to a fourth set.
Guatemala capitalized on numerous and continuous opponent errors
(18-36), as Trinidad and Tobago led in kills 55-49 and in
blocking 12-7. Guatemala held a 5-1 margin in aces.
The Central American team balanced their offense between four
players; wing spikers Jeyson Nery and Wagner Chacon led with 13
points each, while middle blocker Leonel Aragon and wing spiker
Carlos Lopez collected 12 points apiece. Opposite Ryan Stewart
of Trinidad and Tobago scored a match-high of 20 points on 17
kills and 3 blocks, joined by middle blocker Marc Honore with 18
points and wing spiker Randon Legall scored 13 points.
Carlos Lopez captain of Guatemala expressed “this was the match
to win. Yesterday was harder but today’s result was more
important because it moves us into quarterfinals. We were more
united, we enjoyed ourselves more and we committed fewer
receiving errors. We used several line-up variations and
everything went well”.
Guatemala’s coach, Cuban Reider Lucas said to be satisfied “we
prepared to get this result, all the teams here have good level,
but this was the match we were aiming to win to advance to the
next round. We let lose in the third set but we got back on
track. We play (more-less) at the same game level and we hope to
finish in a good position. We might face Mexico in
quarterfinals, they are strong and a solid team”.
Captain of Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan Stewart said they always
battle strong against Guatemala “the energy of the guys was much
better in the third set and we performed more consistent, we had
a slow start and actually we came from behind, trusting each
other. Our errors in crucial times (like 19-20) cost us hard;
those are the times you have to stay on top of the game to
finish. Congrats to Guatemala, it was not the result we
Sean Morrison head coach of Trinidad and Tobago said their
energy was too low, “I really don’t know why the energy was low;
we didn’t play together as a team and that gave Guatemala the
edge of us. Today wasn’t our day, Guatemala was consistent and
kept pressuring us, and we kept pressuring ourselves. My guys
couldn’t relax and committed too many errors by their own
pressure. Guatemala did not score points; we gave the points to
keep them in front. For us it’s another learning experience and
I give props to Guatemala, they have remained consistent the