Chile earns first victory over Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, April 29, 2013. - Chile earned their
first victory over host Guatemala 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-7) in
the last match of opening day at the U-18 Girls Pan American
The home girls put up a fight in the first set, but slowly lost
to a more experienced Chile who was better in the blocking
category by 9-4 and in service points by 8-3.
Chile had in Catalina Meloits top scorer with 16 points,
Catalina Pulgar contributed with 14 and Laura Sotomayor with 11.
For Guatemala, Natalia Giron was the best scorer with 5 points.
Catalina Melo for the winners said that the pressure of the
first match is hard to overcome, “all our opponents are hard but
playing against the home team is more difficult, now we’ll study
Puerto Rico to prepare for tomorrow’s match.”
“We had high expectations but we weren’t able to focus, our
anxiousness took control and we must continue to fight”
expressed EstefanieBethancourthcaptain of Guatemala.
Hugo Jauregui, Argentinian coach for Chile was pleased with his
team, “I began working from zero three years ago, and with the
support of our sports authorities and the federation our job has
been faster. The first set was complicated but in the end our
experience was essential.”
Julio Dominguez, coach of Guatemala stated that it’s not easy to
recover from a loss, “our team has more to give, the first match
is always difficult and we have to work in our passing”.