Barbados beat Guatemala and will debut in the quarterfinals
HAVANA, Cuba, August 28, 2018 - The Barbados team doubled the
celebration of the triumph over Guatemala 3-1 (29-27, 19-25,
25-23, 25-17) as it advanced to the quarterfinals for the first
time of a Norceca Sub-21 Men's Volleyball Tournament.
Both teams did not maintain a stable rhythm, but the Caribbean
closed better and achieved their only success so far to secure
third place in group A thanks to the advantage in the attack
(50-46) and blocking (16-4)., because they were below in service
(4-7) and committed more unforced errors (35-28).
The winners who scored double digits were wing spiker Akeel
Oxley (21), middle blocker Akeil Williams (19) and the opposite
Ashe Oxley (17), however the top scorer of the match was the
Guatemalan opposite Edgar A. Maldonado (22) , followed by Punta
Jonatan Paz (10).
John Stuart, coach of Barbados, expressed his satisfaction not
only for the victory, "it is that our presence in the
quarterfinals is historic in an event of this category, anyway
the group is inconsistent although I recognize that they win in
confidence every day and let them improve even more."
The setter Chad Callender conveyed the joy of his teammates "we
achieved the victory but we can’t forget that we did not have a
consistent game, although the attack was good and the block
worked quite well".
Luis F. Castañeda, technical director of Guatemala, declared
that "we did not expect it, the team played very badly, many
faults in the receipt and we could not change that weaknessThere
was no attitude or desire to play, we had to get into the fight
and advance to quarters but the position of the group was really
negative, and we could not get a win. "
His setter Daniel Ralon, obviously distressed thought that "I
think there was a lack of confidence and we do not play with
everything we have, because at the beginning we started with a
good attitude, but then little by little we went down too much
and so we could not win".