Nicaragua still unbeaten at AFECAVOL U23
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 19, 2018.- Nicaragua is
still unbeaten at the fourth Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central American
Championship after defeating El Salvador 3-0 (25-17, 25-19,
25-19) at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
Nicaragua has a perfect 3-0 record and 13 ranking points with
four days of competition while El Salvador continues to struggle
with 0-4 record.
Nicaragua started off slow all three sets while El Salvador kept
the scores really close and tied on numerous occasions
throughout the actions. It was up to the point 18 when Nicaragua
struck harder, pressuring El Salvador with superiority in every
Using all their roster, Nicaragua prevailed with huge advantage
in kills 40-26 and a comfortable 7-3 and 7-1 margin in blocks
and aces accordingly. Nicaragua committed fewer errors (21-25)
than El Salvador.
Opposite player Denis Garcia of Nicaragua led all scorers with
23 points on 20 kills and 3 blocks. Middle blocker Manuel
Platero led El Salvador with 7 points followed by outside hitter
Josue Palma with 6 points.
On Thursday, Nicaragua (3-0) will meet with defending champions
Guatemala (2-0) and El Salvador will rest.
Denis Garcia, captain of Nicaragua and the leading scorer of the
match said “we are glad to continue winning to gain more
confidence for the tough games ahead, among them against
Guatemala. We didn’t allow El Salvador to play with their usual
energy and attitude; we counterattacked with strength and fast”.
Osman Hernandez, head coach of Nicaragua explained that their
dynamic is to put pressure up to point 18 “before that we play
one on one, sometimes on top and sometimes below, that’s our
distinctive. This is because we are looking to keep a steady
serve and until then we gain distance. It’s crucial to keep our
unbeaten record to face Guatemala who’s also undefeated and we
hope to put a good show for the fans. Today we used all our
players thinking of any eventualities, so everyone has got in
El Salvador’s captain Banner Godoy expressed “we were very close
up to the half of each set; we weren’t able to be consistent in
our performance. We lost energy and allowed Nicaragua to get in
better rhythm. We must put more effort in defense and attacking.
This is our fourth loss and we must improve to commit fewer