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Defending champion Guatemala starts with victory


MANAGUA, Nicaragua, September 7, 2017.- Defending champion Guatemala started with a 3-0  (25-17, 25-15, 25-21) victory over Belize in the first match of day two of competition of the XVII AFECAVOL U-21 Men’s Central American Championship at IND Volleyball venue in Managua, Nicaragua.


Guatemala was stronger in the first two sets, while Belize gave them difficulties in set three up to point 18, when the blue and White team managed to take distance.


Guatemala benefited on 31 opponent unforced errors while committing 22 of their own.


Guatemala controlled all skills, spikes (37-27), blocks (5-4) and serves (2-0). Edgar Maldonado with 13 points and Jonathan Paz with 12 led Guatemala into victory; captain Francis Hauze with 14 points led Belize.


Captain Francis Hauze of Belize commented “we tried our best but we started to adjust and get into the match too late; we tried to catch-up but our opponents were already gone. The bench players had done a good job, it’s us that need to perform better from the beginning”.


Captain David Alvarado of Guatemala indicated “it was a good match, still there are some errors to work on; in set three we were over confident and committed the most errors, things were complicated but thank God we finally won”.