El Salvador outclass Belize in four sets

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, October 31st 2021.- El Salvador outclassed Belize in four sets 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-19) on day two of the XXI Men’s Central American Cup in Guatemala City.

El Salvador recovered from falling in a dramatic first set. The second set was a whole different story, where El Salvador held a huge advantage of 12-5 controlling Belizeans strong attackers who lost concentration after their team captain Elton Anderson suffered a minor eye-lid injury while bumping with another teammate. El Salvador snatched the third set with an ace from Franklin Flores while coming from behind 13-16 and with a powerful spike from captain Rodrigo Chávez finished winning in four sets.

El Salvador earned their victory scoring 34 points on Belizean errors, while having a slim advantage of 9-8 in blocks and 8-7 in serves; Belize 49-48 in attacks.

With 23 points, outside hitter and captain Rodrigo Chávez topped El Salvador, joined by outside hitter Franklin Flores with 19 points and middle blocker Diego Guidos with 14 points. Opposite hitter Karym Coleman once again led Belize scoring 26 points, followed by outside hitter Francis Hauze and Bryton Codd with 14 and 12 points respectively.

On Monday Belize faces Honduras at 1:00pm and at 7:00pm El Salvador plays against Guatemala who makes their tournament debut.

Rodrigo Chávez, Captain of El Salvador: “After falling in the first set our attitude changed, I think the younger players were a bit intimidated from Belize’s height. The team was able to stabilize from the older players’ experience, which injected confidence. This is the first time our team has such strong blocking and that made the difference”.

Albert Humes, Head coach of Belize: “El Salvador capitalized on our unforced errors, we lost concentration and we weren’t able to stabilize our offense like yesterday”.