Costa Rica wins exciting first match to Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 10, 2017.- Costa Rica won an
exciting first match to Nicaragua 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-22,
29-27) on day one of the men’s Volleyball tournament at the 2017
Managua Central American Games at Alexis Argüello sport complex
on Sunday night.
Costa Rica’s raging force stormed past Nicaragua in thrilling
long rallies and a hard-fought battle. Nicaragua impressively
recovered from a six point deficit in set four but Costa Rica
maintained their focus re-directing to hold off the home team.
Costa Rica held a huge 14-8 margin in blocking to stop
Nicaragua’s counterattacks; they also held a small advantage in
aces with 6-5 margin. Nicaragua scored one more point in kills
52-51. Costa Rica scored on 30 opponent errors and committed 28.
Javier Alvarez of Costa Rica led his team with 18 points,
Alberto Blanco chipped in with 16 points, followed by Hugo
Rodriguez with 14 points and Julio Alvarez added 10 points.
Jonny Zeledon led Nicaragua with 18 points and Moises Tuckler
contributed with 14 points.
On the second day of competition, Costa Rica (1-0) faces
Honduras (0-1) and Nicaragua (0-1) will meet Panama (0-1).
Head coach of Costa Rica Juan Acuña:
“Facing Nicaragua is always hard, they never stop pressing and
they have a lot of energy, in fact I don’t know why they chose
to face us in the opening match. We pocketed the victory; we
shouldn’t have lost a set. I am very satisfied that playing at
this splendid venue we were able to keep calm and defeat our
opponent. Our strategy with difficult serves and effective
blocking worked very well; in the last set we blocked on four
Captain of Costa Rica Alberto Blanco:
“We expected a difficult first match, the team has to adjust and
if you add that you’re facing the host, it’s even more
difficult. It’s always hard to face Nicaragua. I was a good
match. We were capable to keep calm with such a noisy crowd,
this proved our good concentration; in the last set we didn’t
fail any serve past point 20 and that contributed for the win”.
Head coach of Nicaragua Osman Hernández:
“In the men’s division there are always hard-fought battles; you
really can’t predict who will win each day. Today Costa Rica was
the winner, but we can do much better, several of my players did
not perform well. I hope that the younger players adjust well so
our team can improve”.
Captain of Nicaragua Jorge Toledo:
“As hosts we were able to balance the actions with the support
of our crowd, pressing much more. It was a good match, sadly it
escaped from our hands because we committed childish errors
after recovering from a six point deficit in set four. Generally
speaking, the team is working ok and our objective is to win a