Guatemala in first win at Men’s Pan Am Cup
June 16, 2019. - United States swept Guatemala 3-0 (25-10,
25-17, 25-17) in their first win at the fourteenth Men’s Pan
American Cup that started today at the Multifunctional
Auditorium in Colima, Mexico.
along with Guatemala made their debut in pool C of the event,
with United States leading in every skill by 39-17 margin in
kills, 11-3 in blocks and 5-0 in serves. Guatemala committed
fewer errors (20-24) than USA.
Wing spikers Colton
Cowell and Samuel Holt led USA with 9 points apiece, opposite
James Shaw and middle blocker Brendan Schmidt scored 8 and 7
points respectively. Wing spiker Wagner Chacon topped Guatemala
with 7 points, followed by captain Carlos Lopez with 5 points.
(1-0) next opponent is Chile and Guatemala’s (0-1) is Dominican
opposite player USA: “It’s good to start out with a good win,
obviously there’s a lot of work to do; our serving and passing
were really good in the first set and we need to keep it up,
serving specially. We had some level of relaxation, but we know
we need to focus; it’s a little bit of a balance. Our goal is to
win the gold medal and there’s a long way to go”.
captain Guatemala: “It was a rough start; United States is very
experienced and they were comfortable. We were stressed in the
beginning, but it helped to just enjoy the game, we supported
each other. Some things went well but we have the objective of
finishing among the first three places in our group, it won’t be
easy but we will fight”.
coach USA: “Every first game is not the best you can do and we
expected this. We can do much better because in some part of the
game we were giving away more points than they were earning. We
have a lot of things to put into tune to be better; the guys
must do their job and we will improve with every game”.
Reider Lucas, coach
Guatemala: “We believe this is the hardest group of the
competition. United States is a mature team, they are coming
from a good preparation, and they have a lot of time playing
together. My guy’s energy wasn’t down, they did their best and
it was really hard work because USA is superior”.