El Salvador prevails in battle against Belize  

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 20, 2021 - El Salvador won a great battle against Belize (1-2) by beating them 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 18-16), getting its third victory by one defeat in the XXI Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.

Adriana Flores won the captains' duel by getting 29 points for the Salvadorans, while the captain of Belize, Nelissa Ramírez, scored 16. Gabriela Funes was the best scorer for the winners with 30 points, 10 of them in the second set and 7 in the fifth and decisive, while Sherika Burton was left with 20 points for the Belizeans, of them seven in the first set and 5 in the fifth.

El Salvador was better in attack 61-47 and serve (9-7) and in blocking they were equal with 12, Belize could not take advantage of 37 points due to errors by its opponent, committing 28.

The Belizeans took control of the first set with an early advantage, which El Salvador could not overcome thanks to Burton's effectiveness and errors in service and reception.

The second was entirely from the Salvadorans with Funes as the main weapon, who was also successful in blocking. Belize again took advantage of the lack of concentration of its rival to win the third set, combining the good moment of its captain Ramírez (9 points), with changes of rhythm in attack, with “ligth touch” in the rival zone 4.

For the fifth set, with the tension on the surface, both teams gave a great show of courage and good defense, highlighting a "save" by the Salvadoran libero Carmen Chávez, who finished in the final point 18-16 for her team.

El Salvador rests on Thursday's action, while Belize will face Guatemala at 1:00 p.m.