Santa Cruz leads Guatemala to their first win with 12 aces
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, September 11, 2023 - María Andrea Santa Cruz with 12
aces led Guatemala over Panama 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 27-25), a
tournament-high on points from serves at the XXII AFECAVOL Women’s
Senior Central American Cup at the Alexis Arguello Sports Complex.
Santa Cruz was unstoppable in her serves, and in addition to the 12
aces, she added five points on kills, for a total of 17 points in
Guatemala’s final match in the event, finishing with a 1-5 record.
Hashlyn Cuero was Panama’s top scorer with 13 points, three of them also
Guatemala earned the victory thanks to a huge 16-7 advantage in service
points, while Panama led 3-1 in blocks. Both teams scored 29 attacking
points, with Guatemala committing fewer unforced errors (22-31).
Panama concludes the tournament against El Salvador at 1:30 p.m. on
AFECAVOL COPA MAYOR FEMENINA
William Fernández, coach of Guatemala: “Psychologically, it’s good to
finish with a victory. We didn’t meet the goal we had set, without
blaming the youth of the athletes, but it’s something to consider. If
they stay together, they will achieve good results in the future. They
worked well yesterday, as well as today. We had many sets where we
didn’t close, like yesterday when we were leading 10-5 (against
Nicaragua in the fifth set), but we lacked confidence”.
María Santa Cruz, outside hitter of Guatemala: “Honestly, I’m relieved.
I was able to make my serve, but I didn’t have it at the beginning of
the tournament until the game against Costa Rica, where I managed to
figure out where and how to do it. I’m satisfied with myself and the
work we’ve been doing. Also, I didn’t know I had made so many “aces”. I
think overall we were a bit unfocused and couldn’t come together, work
as a team properly. It’s a shame that we only achieved it at the end,
but we are satisfied with our performance”.