Belize recovers ground after defeating Guatemala 3-0
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, September 7, 2023 - Belize defeated Guatemala 3-0
(25-20, 25-22, 25-22), securing their first victory after a loss in the
XXII AFECAVOL Women’s Senior Central American Cup at the Alexis Argüello
For both teams, a win was crucial after losing on day one of the
competition, and a second defeat would reduce their podium chances; it
was team Belize who took advantage of the opportunities, especially with
Nelissa Ramírez scoring 18 points and Nisaan Martínez with 10. María
Santa Cruz was the top scorer for Guatemala with 14 points.
In the third set, with the score at 20-18 in favor of Guatemala,
starting setter Avianka Ávila suffered an ankle injury that forced her
out of the game, and Ayana Godfrey had to step in. Together with her
teammates, they rallied to turn the score around and secure the set and
Belize was better in attacks (35-30) and blocks 8-1 (with three from
Martínez), while Guatemala led in service points (5-4). Both teams made
28 unforced errors.
On Friday, Guatemala, with two losses, will face Honduras at 1:30 p.m.,
and Belize will take on Panama at 6:30 p.m.
AFECAVOL COPA MAYOR FEMENINA
José Fontes, coach of Belize: “After Guatemala’s defeat yesterday
against El Salvador and despite some of our players having little
preparation, we told them that we had to step onto the court with
character and determination, with the desire to win because it was
within reach. In the end, we had the situation with the setter, but the
substitute player did the job, and we achieved an important victory that
makes us think about bigger things”.
Avianka Avila, setter of Belize: “I am very proud of my team. We really
worked hard, and it was a great improvement from yesterday. They really
managed to take Guatemala out of the game. After the injury, the last
two points were very exciting. I was frustrated because this was not the
time to get injured, but I am very happy that my team had my support
from the bench and could pull away on the scoreboard”.