Nicaragua claims dramatic five-set win over Costa Rica
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 18, 2018. - Nicaragua
claimed a dramatic five-set win 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 24-26, 26-24,
15-12) over Costa Rica at the Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central
American Championship at Teodoro Palacios Flores in Guatemala
After three days of competition, Nicaragua stands with unbeaten
2-0 record and eight points, and Costa Rica drops to 1-2 with a
total of seven points.
The winners began strong and with a solid performance to prevail
over Costa Rica with a sizeable ten point margin. Costa Rica
recovered well and quickly in sets two and three with fast
moves, added to their triple blocks over the net. Both teams
fought strong in nail biting finish, but Nicaragua celebrated
the win taking advantage of Costa Rica’s numerous errors.
Costa Rica led in all categories, 61-55 in kills, 9-6 in blocks
and 4-3 in aces, but allowed 47 points on unforced errors while
Nicaragua committed only 28.
Nicaragua claimed a dramatic victory carried by outside hitter
Jonny Zeledon with a tournament-high so far of 28 points
managing to counterattack the next top scorer Elder Quiros of
Costa Rica with 24 points.
Also contributing to Nicaragua’s victory was opposite player
Denis Garcia with 12 points. On Costa Rica’s side, outside
hitter Oscar Ramirez and opposite Gilberth Solano added 15
points apiece, while Mariano Salas finished with 13 points.
On day four, Costa Rica (1-2) will face Panama (1-1); Nicaragua
(2-0) meets El Salvador (0-2).
Leading attacker, Jonny Zeledon said “our energy was really high
in the first set. Costa Rica played fast and they are very good
blockers, I believe our attitude wasn’t enough. We will fight
stronger to finish among the medalists”.
Osman Hernández head coach of Nicaragua said “my team puts too
much pressure on themselves, still we were always close and
finally we were able to catch up. It was a very difficult game;
the bench players did a good job. Our moves weren’t as effective
because we knew Costa Rica was fast on the outsides;
nevertheless we didn’t move around as quick, it’s our
“Today we showed how well prepared the team is” said coach Juan
Acuña of Costa Rica. “We put up a good fight to Nicaragua,
unfortunately we couldn’t finish in four because of small
details; the same thing happened in the fifth. I think we are on
the right path, tactically we performed well after losing the
first set by a sizeable margin” he added.
Oscar Ramirez of Costa Rica said it was an even performance “we
fought from start to finish, we weren’t as tough as we needed to
be in critical moments and Nicaragua their outside hitter took
advantage, he has a lot of strength and we weren’t able to stop