Guatemala beats Panama 3-1

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 18, 2021 - Guatemala beat Panama 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-16) at the close of the second day of the XXI Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.


María García with 24 points was unstoppable by Guatemala, especially in the third and fourth sets, when Panama was pressing and they needed to secure the advantage. Rut Gómez and Martha Guillermo contributed 13 each one.


For Panama, María Gallimore, with 15 points was the best, but the rest of the team did not have the consistency to maintain the pressure that allowed them to win the second set.


Guatemala get their second win in the tournament, led the attacks 48-37 and blocking 16-6, although the serve was better Panama 4-2, committing 26 errors, for 23 of the winners.


María García, Guatemala's best scorer: “We had a relatively easy game that got a set out of hand, but we managed to straighten up, with great confidence and lifting our spirits.


We are focused, we come to win no matter how, we will leave everything on the court to overcome all the situations that come our way ”.


William Fernández, coach of Guatemala: “all teams are looking for victory and the team that comes down has problems. We had a low spirits in the second set, a loss of confidence that caused a series of errors that we were not competing, but also to recognize the work of the opposite, my respects for the level they showed and the fight they had all the time ”.


“Tomorrow (Tuesday) we have an important match for both teams (against Nicaragua), because it will allow anyone to aspire to the podium. The game will be a spectacle for the public ”.


María Gallimore, Panama´s best scorer: “Today we feel better than yesterday, we are working on connecting, we did not have as much time before the tournament and that is affecting us a bit. We are seeing that we are having better performance and we hope that in the next games we will take out the claw that we have inside ”.


Eliot Clark, Panama coach: “Today's training was to focus on the reception and I think it was done very well, what failed us were the central players, Guatemala realized we had a problem there and they attacked us from there. Guatemala's fast game hurt us and when the adjustments were made we were already in a fourth set and it wasn't enough ”.


On Tuesday's schedule, Panama will face El Salvador at 4:00 p.m., and Guatemala will face Nicaragua at 7:00 p.m.