GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, October 31st
2021.- El Salvador outclassed Belize in four
sets 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-19) on day two
of the XXI Men’s Central American Cup in
El Salvador recovered from falling in a dramatic
first set. The second set was a whole different
story, where El Salvador held a huge advantage
of 12-5 controlling Belizeans strong attackers
who lost concentration after their team captain
Elton Anderson suffered a minor eye-lid injury
while bumping with another teammate. El Salvador
snatched the third set with an ace from Franklin
Flores while coming from behind 13-16 and with a
powerful spike from captain Rodrigo Chávez
finished winning in four sets.
El Salvador earned their victory scoring 34
points on Belizean errors, while having a slim
advantage of 9-8 in blocks and 8-7 in serves;
Belize 49-48 in attacks.
With 23 points, outside hitter and captain
Rodrigo Chávez topped El Salvador, joined by
outside hitter Franklin Flores with 19 points
and middle blocker Diego Guidos with 14 points.
Opposite hitter Karym Coleman once again led
Belize scoring 26 points, followed by outside
hitter Francis Hauze and Bryton Codd with 14 and
12 points respectively.
On Monday Belize faces Honduras at 1:00pm and at
7:00pm El Salvador plays against Guatemala who
makes their tournament debut.
Rodrigo Chávez, Captain of El Salvador:
“After falling in the first set our attitude
changed, I think the younger players were a bit
intimidated from Belize’s height. The team was
able to stabilize from the older players’
experience, which injected confidence. This is
the first time our team has such strong blocking
and that made the difference”.
Albert Humes, Head coach of Belize:
“El Salvador capitalized on our unforced errors,
we lost concentration and we weren’t able to
stabilize our offense like yesterday”.