Nicaragua clinches a medal with victory against Honduras
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 22, 2018. - Nicaragua
clinched a medal at the 4th Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central American
Championship winning to Honduras 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-18,
25-15) at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
Nicaragua finished the competition with 4-2 win-loss record and
18 ranking points. With the result they at least win the bronze
medal but can become silver medalist waiting for the result
between Costa Rica and four-time champion Guatemala. Honduras
finished in fifth place.
Nicaragua seemed disoriented at the beginning, with Honduras
pressuring with little resistance and scoring on strong attacks
and effective blocking. In set two, they reached an even 14, but
Nicaragua working well around their opponents’ blocks. Nicaragua
figured out Honduras strategy in the third set, to close their
victory with a huge advantage.
Nicaragua prevailed in attacks (54-40) and in aces (7-3), but
Honduras held a sizeable blocking advantage (14-8). Nicaragua
committed 23 errors and Honduras 28.
Opposite player Denis Garcia carried Nicaragua scoring a
match-high of 26 points including 25 powerful attacks; outside
hitter Jonny Zeledon added 19 tallies including 14 attacks and 4
unstoppable serves and Ronny Valdivia joined with 11 points. On
Honduras side, opposite Juan Menjivar scored 17 points on 13
kills, 3 blocks and one ace, followed by middle blocker William
Bulnes with 9 points.
“Today we weren’t nervous, we weren’t pressured and we executed
our real way of playing” said Denis Garcia captain of Nicaragua;
“we are glad for winning a medal, we showed what we are capable
of, unfortunately our anxiousness didn’t allow us to play this
way the whole tournament” he added.
Osman Hernández coach of Nicaragua said “my team’s attitude was
crucial today, after losing to Panama yesterday. My team was
determined to give all their potential after losing the first
set. Our problem during the tournament was finishing and today
we couldn’t give us that luxury”.
Captai Alejandro Avila of Honduras explained that their anxiety
to perform well made them commit too many errors “after a good
first set, where we executed well in every skill, we pressured
ourselves because a medal was in stake”.