El Salvador blanks Belize to get back on track


SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 4, 2019.- Host El Salvador blanked Belize 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-17) to get back on track at the AFECAVOL U21 Men’s Central American Championship being held at FESAVOL Gymnasium of San Salvador.


El Salvador had a rocky beginning but stepped up with the crowds support to improve their record 3-1 and add five points for an overall 13 ranking points to move in third place of the competition that concludes on Sunday.


El Salvador held advantage in all categories, attacking (28-22), blocking (8-6) and service points (6-3). El Salvador committed 21 unforced errors against 33 from Belize.


Captain Diego Guidos again led El Salvador scoring 14 points on 10 kills and 4 blocks, while outside hitters Eduardo Bolaños and Diego Navarro registered 9 points apiece. Opposite Kaelen Ingram and outside hitter Ernest Broaster topped Belize with 7 points each.


On day six of competition El Salvador (3-1) faces defending champion Nicaragua (4-0) and Belize (0-5) has the day off.


Diego Guidos, Captain of El Salvador: “Yesterday’s rest helped some players recover and determine our strategy for our last matches. Today we followed instructions better, we were disciplined and we hope for a good result for what’s left. We are capable, we are prepared, in good physical condition and the crowd’s support is crucial to motivate us to battle for every point”.


Kaelen Ingram, best scorer of Belize: “El Salvador is a very good team; they have a lot of communication. Although we had a lot of mistakes, we did a good job. We tried to put pressure in the serves and that is why we missed so many. Belize definitely needs to improve in serving, passing and more cooperation. Tomorrow we will practice hard and rest to get prepared to face our last opponent Nicaragua who has a very good defense; we will try to get our act together”.


Alexander Polanco, Head Coach of El Salvador: “Our serves improved, sometimes we pressure in taking risks and the probabilities of failing are high, we tried not to fail that much like in our last performance. I am satisfied with the victory and how the guys are taking in the experience, they have a short time practicing volleyball and we are looking to have them for a long process”.