MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 21, 2021 - Guatemala
recovered from losing a first set, to end up
beating Belize 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 21-19, 25-20),
at the start of the fifth day of the XXI Central
American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.
With the triumph, Guatemala reaches three
victories with two defeats, while Belize
remained with a 1-3 record.
The first set was hotly contested, maintaining
equality until the end, with Belize taking a
21-20 lead, scoring 3 points in a row and
In the second, Guatemala took advantage of two
streaks that allowed it to have peace of mind;
the first when they were even at 3 points
(finished 8-3), then increased when 11-6 was
shown on the board, reaching a 16-6 advantage,
unattainable for the Belizeans.
Despite trying and putting pressure, Belize
could not hold the rhythm of Guatemala, which
had Rut Gómez to its best piece with 21 points,
while Laura Cortéz, entering the change in the
first two sets and being a starter in the
remaining two, contributed 15 points. Belize
captain Nelissa Ramírez scored 18 points and
Sherika Burton had 17.
Guatemala led the attack 53-42 in attack, fell
behind 5-6 in blocking and was the best 11-5 in
service, with 32 errors from Belize and 24 of
María José Alvarez, captain of Guatemala: “I
think we knew how to solve, our team is ready
for more, we had just lost six sets, that
affected us in the first, we knew how to restore
our minds and recover our game. Our team has
mental strength, we recover it little by little,
as well as our confidence in ourselves”.
"The trust between us, the trust of our coaches
to carry out the work on the court, our
teammates who entered helped us a lot and that
was the success of our team."
William Fernández, coach of Guatemala: “After
having lost six sets in a row it was logical
that it was difficult for the gear to work well
in the first set; after that we found the
rhythm, they regained their confidence in
themselves, we adjusted well to the contrary and
we achieved an important victory”.
"Belize is a fierce team, they do not give a
ball for lost, in recent years they have
improved the technical level together with that
claw they have always had, it is a very
difficult team to beat," said Fernández.
Guatemala will face El Salvador this Friday at
1:00 p.m., while Belize faces Nicaragua at 7:00