Nicaragua continues winning streak at AFECAVOL U21
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 3, 2019.-
Defending champion Nicaragua swept Honduras 3-0 (25-20,
25-17, 25-22) to continue winning streak at the AFECAVOL U21
Men’s Central American Championship at the FESAVOL Gymnasium
of San Salvador, El Salvador.
Nicaragua had a slow beginning and finish to beat Honduras,
struggling with miscommunications but still remains the only
unbeaten team of the event after four days of competition.
Nicaragua has 3-0 record and 13 ranking points; Honduras is
1-3 and has five points.
Nicaragua committed fewer errors (19-22) while leading with
38-30 margin in attacks, 11-9 in blocks and 4-1 in aces.
Nicaraguan middle blocker Gerald Gomez scored a match-high
of 18 points on 13 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces; outside
hitter Jackley Oporta y middle blocker Jefferson Cascante
tallied 9 points each. Outside hitter Kevin Herrera of
Honduras scored 16 points.
On Friday Nicaragua (3-0) will face Panama (2-1) and
Honduras (1-3) goes against Costa Rica (1-1).
Gerald Gómez, best scorer of Nicaragua: “We are coming from
two tough matches and today we had the same intensity to
keep our unbeaten record. We are well organized, we prepared
a lot for this tournament and as a team we are united and we
know what to do”.
Kevin Herrera, best scorer of Honduras: “We are lacking
courage, give more and I believe we are depending on one
player, we think only one player can solve. The team’s
energy fell, but we will try to have a better result
Jorge Mena, Head Coach of Nicaragua: “The first set had
complications because the guys were too relaxed, we gave the
opportunity to bench players and we were able to get back on
track; I think the rest and the weather has an effect on us,
but we can’t be relaxed. We have gone winning one match at a
time after practicing for more than one year and a half, we
are aiming for the gold medal”.