TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, July 28, 2022 - Belize
started with a 3-0 victory (25-14, 25-11. 25-12)
against Panama to open the V Women's Afecavol
U23 Central American Championship, at the Jorge
Galeano Gymnasium of the Olympic Village of
The Belizean team rotated players, with Blessed
Omamurhe with 11 points, Khaya Gordon and Nisaan
Martínez with 10; while for Panama, captain
Karla Ortíz was left with 8 and six from
Krisleen González. Belize outscored 41-16 in
spikes, 8-2 in blocks and 5-2 in aces, with 21
errors from Panama to 17 from the winners.
Sofía Solano, captain of Belize: “We are happy
with the result, Panama was not a very demanding
team, it was not what we expected, it was good
to win in three sets. I think we are playing at
a high level, tomorrow is a great game against
Costa Rica and we know it will be a very tough
José Fontés, coach of Belize: “It was a game
that did not have a great level, even we started
a little nervous. The lack of competitions in
recent years takes its toll on Panama... for us
to start winning is very important, we know that
the rest of the games will be very difficult”.
Karla Ortiz, Captain of Panama: “We see this
participation in a good way, because the vast
majority of the girls are inexperienced players
and this is a high-level tournament, where we
are short and below the tournament age. We will
give our very best, they played a good game and
we were a little nervous as it was the first
Eliot Clark: “Belize used to be Cinderella, but
they have put a lot of work into it and now it
is a great team and you have to respect them.
They played very well (Belize), they won their
game well played and we lacked experience.
Expect a lot from us in the next games, we will
grow little by little”.
Panama will play this Friday at 2:00 p.m.
against Nicaragua, while Belize has a clash
against Costa Rica at 4:30 p.m.