Guatemala defeats Belize in second victory
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 11, 2017.- Guatemala defeated
Belize 3-0 (25-20, 25-17. 25-23) earning their second victory at
the men’s Volleyball tournament of the 2017 Managua Central
American Games being held at Alexis Argüello sport complex.
Guatemala had a rough beginning and ending against Belize, but
they knew how to set their pace while finishing with a huge
40-27 margin in kills. Guatemala had to work harder in sets one
and three with Belizean demanding spikers.
Belize held a slim 4-3 margin in aces and Guatemala 5-2 in the
blocking category. Both teams allowed 27 points on errors.
Outside hitter Wagner Chacon led Guatemala’s scorers with 12
points on 11 kills and one block; outside hitter Carlos Lopez
and opposite Erik Flores tallied 9 points apiece. Outside hitter
Bryton Codd led all scorers with 13 points and opposite Karym
Coleman added 10 points.
Guatemala’s (2-0) next opponent is Costa Rica (1-0) on day three
of competition and Belize (0-1) will face Panama (0-1).
Captain of Guatemala Gerardo Gonzalez:
“In comparison to yesterday’s performance, our serves were off
balance today. Our serves allow us to jump in the lead and move
away in scores. What’s important is that we add five points to
the general ranking”.
Head coach of Guatemala Reider Lucas:
“I believe my team was overconfident and we mustn’t allow this
behavior. We adjusted better in set two; we should perform like
this always; we need to stabilize our rhythm. Our errors were
performing complex two and I hope to improve our performance
Head coach of Belize Albert Humes:
“We lost focus in set two. We started off strong at the start of
set one and then slowed down in the middle, and this went on the
entire match. This is our problem, the team has ups and downs, I
am trying to keep on the middle spiking but. We have a great
team but we need to execute, we are physically prepared”.
Capitan de Belize Elton Anderson:
“We found our momentum in sets one and three, playing our way,
our blocking really set the tone to get real close. In set two
we just went flat. This is the only game we’re going to lose”.