Nicaragua sweeps Belize at AFECAVOL U23
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 16, 2018.- Nicaragua swept
Belize 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) on opening day of the Men’s U23
AFECAVOL Central American Championship in Teodoro Palacios
Flores Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
Nicaragua’s fast game and powerful kills took Belize by surprise
in the first set, taking an early 11-6 advantage. Nicaragua was
a little slower in set two and three with Belize moving closer
but still committing unforced errors over the net.
Nicaragua controlled the actions with 30-28 margin in spikes,
9-6 in blocks and 6-0 in aces. The winner scored on 32 opponent
errors while allowing 24 points on their own errors.
Outside hitter Jonny Zeledon led Nicaragua’s attackers with 13
points including 9 kills and 3 aces, while opposite Denis Garcia
chipped in with 12 points including 11 kills. Outside hitter
Francis Hauze of Belize topped all scorers with 14 points.
Nicaragua (1-0) rests on Monday and Belize (0-1) faces Honduras
Captain Denis Garcia of Nicaragua said “while defending well we
were able to control Belize’ powerful attacks, we controlled
their captain with our blocks and our counterattacking was
Our energy wasn’t the same in the second set after winning the
first with a comfortable advantage”.
Osman Hernández Nicaragua’s head coach explained his team lacked
control in the second set “they weren’t concentrated; they must
learn to focus on their side and not on the referee’s calls. Our
victory comes with a great attitude from the team, in addition
of having Denis and Jonny, who despite of not playing to their
full capacity, brought a lot to the team; our energy was
crucial, my team really wants to win”.
Francis Hauze, captain of Belize said “it’s a hard beginning for
our team; we didn´t set up our defense because our blocking was
not reaching out to mark our respective player. If we can adjust
our blocking, our defense will improve and we must be more
effective in serves”.
Cuban Esmudio Limonta, coach of Belize indicated “Nicaragua knew
how to stick to their game plan and played better than we did,
they deserve to win. Nicaragua was fast and we lost because my
boys weren’t blocking as they couldn’t read their moves. We are
here to perform giving our best effort”.