Guatemala overtook Nicaragua and will discuss fifth place
HAVANA, Cuba, August 31, 2018. - Guatemala entered the field
with high inspiration and overtook Nicaragua 3-0 (25-22, 25-21,
25-16) to win the right to discuss the fifth place of the
Norceca Sub-21 Men's Volleyball Tournament, which today marks
its penultimate day at the Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum.
The winners relied on a greater offense (44-35) and the benefit
of 27 unforced errors of their opponents to take the success,
whose biggest contributor was the opposite Edgar Maldonado (17),
followed by the corner Jonatan Paz (10).
For its Central American neighbors again the slender Jonny
Zeledón took the lead vocals of his cast and was the only one to
get double digits when adding 17 units, but a swallow does not
Luis Fernando Castañeda, technical director of Guatemala,
pointed out that "the boys had a great attitude since they got
up, we worked on that during training, Nicaragua had always
defeated us in these categories, like in the U-19, but this
generation of players had not been able to beat, instead we did
it in a Norceca. Now to fight for the fifth against whoever wins
between Haiti and Barbados."
Its captain Diego Ralon considered that "the main thing in the
triumph today was our attitude, the previous matches were very
complicated, we slowed down and did not raise our heads.The rest
day yesterday allowed us to analyze things well, so tomorrow we
will be the same in search of securing the fifth place,
sometimes it is not the best players but with a high morale
everything is possible ".
Osmani Hernández, coach of Nicaragua, said "I think my boys were
demoralized when in the first set I understood there was
instability with the refereeing, really he does his job, but
they did not recover after losing 22-25.We are discouraged
because we came with the goal of securing the fifth place and we
will discuss tomorrow the seventh."
Zeledón, the captain, stated that "this game was unexpected, we
committed too many lapses and we lost concentration, and
Guatemala was superior and the spirit was fundamental for that
team, which took very good advantage of all our mistakes to
counterattack and we did not finish the actions of attack, when
we did it they lifted the ball, it was a complete fiasco, and
the rivals were more effective and technical ".