Panama wins AFECAVOL U23 opening match over El Salvador
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 16, 2018.- Panama won the
Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central American Championship opening match
to El Salvador 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-19) at Teodoro Palacios
Flores Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
Panama took charge in set one with a comfortable eight point
lead, while El Salvador struggled to get into rhythm up to the
second set which Panamá easily recovered to take their first
Panama le 40-32 in kills, 11-9 in blocks and 3-0 in aces, while
scoring on 21 opponent errors and committing 19.
Outside hitter Felix Williams led Panama with 17 points
including 15 kills, middle blocker Ludrik West added 11 points
and outside hitter Jose Soto scored 10 points including 9 kills.
Outside hitter Josue Palma of El Salvador scored 12 points,
followed by opposite Banner Godoy with 9 points.
On day two of competition, Panama will face Guatemala and El
Salvador plays against Costa Rica.
Capatain Ludrik West of Panama indicated “our goal was to
celebrate every single point and always keep our head up no
matter the score. El Salvador had a good defense and they worked
well around our blocks. We knew how to change our tactic and
earn our first victory”.
Horacio Angulo head coach of Panama said every team improves as
the match advances “we started strong and El Salvador adjusted
their block to improve and we had to attack on the sides to have
a good result. It gives you confidence to win the first match,
mostly when it’s with a new team”.
Banner Godoy captain of El Salvador said “it was hard because
our setter lives in Guatemala and we weren’t able to practice
with him, we are adjusting to his game, he is the most
experienced player internationally speaking. I consider we will
recover; we were too anxious and nervous because it was the
first match. We failed many serves; I believe Panama benefited
from our errors”.
Feridth Alabi head coach of El Salvador said his team needs to
gain confidence, “the players got nervous, they lost confidence
and concentration; they gave away too many points. The team has
to believe in their good performance”.