Costa Rica continues strong at Men’s AFECAVOL

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 12, 2018.- Costa Rica continues strong at the Men’s Senior AFECAVOL Central American Championship after beating Belize 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-22) at FESAVOL Gymnasium in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Costa Rica forced their strategy over a tough Belize that kept the scores always close to keep their undefeated (3-0) record and fifteen perfect ranking points. Belize now has 1-2 win-loss record and four points.

Costa Rica’s powerful serves didn’t allow Belize to get into rhythm and committing multiple errors for a comfortable performance.  Costa Rica’s good blocking also edged Belize strong attacker’s consistency.

Costa Rica came out on top with a sizeable 10-2 margin in aces and 8-5 advantage in blocks. Belize held advantage in attacks with 35-32 margin. Costa Rica committed 21 errors and Belize 25.

Once again outside hitter Alberto Blanco led Costa Rica attackers with 16 points, including 15 kills, and opposite Ricky Vargas added 11 points on 6 kills, 2 blocks and 3 aces. Opposite Karym Coleman was Belize top scorer with 16 points, followed by outside hitter Francis Hauze with 13 points.

On day four of the event, Costa Rica (3-0) faces defending champion Guatemala (2-0) and Belize (1-2) meets Nicaragua (0-1).

Captain Alberto Blanco indicated that his team worked hard today “we were aware of Belize strength, they dominate balls out of system, which before they couldn’t; they have improve a lot and they gave us a rough battle. Fortunately we finished in three sets. Tomorrow we face Guatemala and we are working to concentrate harder, they are one of our direct opponents”.

Head coach of Costa Rica Alberto Blanco Sanchez said “it was a difficult match, we needed to stop Coleman and it was possible despite some negative details. I told my team to keep calm so they wouldn’t be too pressured and it worked. Costa Rica is solid in every line, Quezada came today and the team showed a solid performance”.

Karym Coleman captain of Belize said “today our passing had difficulties; when we had the first pass we executed well. I feel my players were kind of relaxed and the team suffered. We tried to remain in the game mentally, still with limitations and we worked with what we had, we have to try and make it better. I hope the passing will be more efficient so the setter can steer the ball a little more to get the blockers moving”.

Cuban Esmidio Limonta, coach of Belize said their errors killed his team “there were too many errors at the net and also in receiving, still we were close.