Guatemala overtook Haiti and secured the fifth


HAVANA, Cuba, September 1, 2018 - Guatemala beat the Haitian team 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) to secure the fifth seat of the Norceca Sub-21 Men's Volleyball Tournament with a record of 2-2 in victories and losses.


The Central Americans beat the Caribbean(1-4)  in all aspects with an advantage in attack of 45-32, blocking 6-5 and service 2-1, also in unforced errors with 13 by 22 their rivals.


A player from each side, both opposites, managed to accumulate 22 points for their respective squad, the Guatemalan Edgar Maldonado, who was followed by his teammate Jason Hernandez, while for the Haitians only Jean Bayol got double digits (22).


The technical director of Guatemala Luis Fernando Castañeda considered that "it was a very beautiful event, an apprenticeship for everyone, in my case enormous because it is my second event as head coach, as well as for my boys who are very young. with a good attitude from the beginning to be able to beat a team that is making history in this tournament, but we are very close and we try to do things as well as possible ".


Luis Castañeda, the Central American cash opponent, said that "we knew they were going to play their part because here they come to win, so it would be a tough match and we had to give our best because we wanted that fifth place, we are very happy, although We know we have to polish aspects because many of them are very young, so we also thank our coach, always supporting us on and off the court. "


Adolphe Ralp, coach of Haiti, said that "the team respected the coach's guidelines, but the attack and the blocking was not good, and the serve was too easy, the Guatemalans are playing together and they know what they have to do. A good tournament, we were learning from this experience, we never give up and I think that the future we will have a stronger team ".


Caribbean captain Edgar Dumay assured that "for us it was a surprise because we thought that facing Guatemala would be something easy and it did not turn out that way, their players robbed us of the initiative".