Nicaragua battles to overcome Belize in five sets
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 13, 2018.-
Nicaragua battled strong to overcome Belize 3-2 25-14, 25-21,
22-25, 19-25, 15-11) at the twentieth Men’s AFECAVOL Central
American Championship being held at FESAVOL Gymnasium in San
Salvador, El Salvador.
Nicaragua improved their win-loss record 2-1, for a total of
eight ranking points; Belize drops 1-3 with six points.
It was a tough battle for Nicaragua as they won the first set
with a comfortable advantage as they kept their game plan.
Belize improved in the second, evening the scores on several
occasion (9-9, 13-13), but Nicaragua remained organized. Belize
finally edged Nicaragua in the third as Francis Hauze joined
Karym Coleman on the offense line to recovering from a two point
deficit (18-20) in the party of points to extend the actions
further. Belize continued to hammer the ball with consistency
but Nicaragua found their focus in the fifth set directed by
their U-23 players led by Jonny Zeledon.
Nicaragua used a balanced scoring attack with outside hitter
Jonny Zeledon scoring 23 points, followed by outside hitter Tito
Valdivia with 15 points, and opposite Denis Garcia along with
middle blocker Diego Cuadra collecting 13 points apiece. On the
Belizean side, opposite Karym Coleman scored a match-high of 28
points and outside hitter Francis Hauze contributed with 24
Nicaragua (2-1) will play against Guatemala (3-0) on Wednesday
and Belize (1-3) meets Panama (1-2).
Nicaragua’s captain Alvaro Solís said Belize took advantage of
their lack of concentration in the third set “Belize is very
strong and made it tough; we couldn’t recover in the third set,
our errors are in basic skills and we haven’t shown our best
version yet. In the fifth set we kept our rhythm the whole time,
we felt superior and the key was a good energy and heart”.
Osman Hernández coach of Nicaragua said Belize is not easy “from
the first day we saw their strength, their high jumps and they
have more height over the net than we do. Belize benefited from
some bad adjustments on our side in the third set. In the fifth
set, our U-23 players were in charge because in other occasions
they have won many games in five, they are rough and we bet on
Karym Coleman captain of Belize said he was happy for his team
to bounce back in the game “we worked hard but we paid a high
price for our lack of experience; our opponent played all year
around and we just have a minimum time to practice. This is a
learning experience and we hope to come back stronger”.