Guatemala beat Belize with difficulties
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 15, 2017. - Guatemala had
difficulties to beat Belize 3-1 (28-26, 19-25, 25-14, 25-15) on
day six in the women’s Volleyball tournament of the eleventh
Central American Games Managua 2017.
Guatemala’s enormous 16-6 advantage in serves managed to finish
on top as their performance lacked energy and strength. Belize
celebrated their first set ever over Guatemala at a senior even.
Guatemala is still in position of winning the bronze with 3-2
record and 15 points, depending in the result facing Honduras,
while Belize has 0-5 record and three points.
Guatemala held advantage of 40-38 in kills and both team scored
on 9 blocking points. Guatemala committed fewer errors 27-32.
Once again, opposite Rut Gomez and outside hitter Blanca Recinos
led Guatemala with 18 and 10 points respectively. Belize
balanced their offense between Nelissa Ramirez (15), Shantell
Arnold (12) and Sherika Burton (12).
On Saturday Guatemala (3-2) faces Honduras (2-2) and Belize
(0-5) plays against Panama (1-4).
Outside hitter of Guatemala Blanca Recinos:
“Belize has shown a good performance and great height to
compete; on our side, the losses from the past two days at such
an intense level have damaged us physically, we are heartbroken.
Today we were careless and lost focus. Numerically we will fight
for the bronze, we won’t give up yet”.
Head coach of Guatemala William Fernandez:
“The team is in distress, it’s too difficult to make them
respond mentally speaking. It wasn’t easy facing Belize, they
have improved a lot. We must win tomorrow to win the bronze
Head coach of Belize Delio Arruebarrena:
“We won a set by improving our serves and moving ahead in the
score, and keeping the advantage. It’s a difficult task to
achieve against a tough team like Guatemala, we’ve improved
during the tournament and this motivated my players to continue