Guatemala picks up second win at NORCECA U19 Pan Am Cup
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 14, 2023.- Guatemala picked up their
second win defeating Nicaragua 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18) at the
NORCECA Boys U19 Pan American Cup on Tuesday night at the Guatemala City
Guatemala improved their record 2-0 to remain undefeated and will face
Puerto Rico (2-0) to decide pool B winner. Nicaragua drops to 0-2 and
will close pool-play against Suriname (0-2).
Guatemala recovered from falling in the first set, struggling to catch
up from a three-point deficit in the second (15-18) and holding
Nicaraguans better blocking to even the scores. From there on Guatemala
The hosts held huge advantages in kills (50-39) and aces (11-3), while
Nicaragua finished with a 10-2 blocking margin. Guatemala handed out 29
points in errors and Nicaragua a total of 33.
Outside hitter Roberto Recinos and middle blocker Sergio Paz led
Guatemala’s attackers with 16 and 11 points respectively.
Outside hitter Evans Solís once again topped Nicaragua’s offense scoring
a match-high of 18 points and middle blocker Edu Urbina added 12 points.
Luis Fernando Castañeda, head coach of Guatemala:
“The coaching staff is confident of our team and we knew they could
recover for the win. The changes turned out well, we were facing a
strong opponent and our serves worked better after falling in the first
set. It’s important to keep on winning”.
Jorge Mena, head coach of Nicaragua:
“We have many rookies on the team and they can’t keep up with the
pressure. Guatemala has a team with more experience and that made us
hesitate, we lack consistency which makes us commit too many errors at
crucial moments. It’s not an option to lose tomorrow so we can advance
into the next round”.