El Salvador blanks Belize


PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 23, 2014 – El Salvador defeated Belize in straight sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-23) in the second match of the opening day at the II Central American Men’s Championship at Jose “Beto” Remon Gymnasium of Panama City.


 A more quick Salvadorian team overcame the taller but inexperienced Belize who fought bravely in the third set before losing the defensive focus.


Rodrigo Chávez, captain of El Salvador, led the offense of the winners with 15 points, followed by Mauricio Rivas with 15. The promising team of Belize had Raluni Bernardez as their best scorer with 12 points.


Ricardo Rivera, coach of El Salvador said to be glad about the victory, especially in straight sets. “Facing Belize in the first match was not a surprise. They have a tall team and our advantage was based on our experience to decide at the end.”


Chavez supported his coach saying “we are here to play as a real team and won against the strength and size of our opponents with our good defense.”


“We had to wait for two sets before adjusting. In the third set we fought but couldn’t control the reception. I congratulate El Salvador because they had a great game,” Belize’ Coach Leon Leslie said.


“We are a very young team, but I think we played well, we only need to get more confidence. I know we will improve in our next game,” Belize’s Captain Ivan Lino said.