Guatemala serves Costa Rica their first loss at Men’s AFECAVOL
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 13, 2018.- Guatemala served
Costa Rica their first loss 3-0 (25-18. 25-12, 27-25) on day
four at the Men’s AFECAVOL Central American Championship held at
FESAVOL Gymnasium in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Defending champion Guatemala stands undefeated 3-0 with fifteen
ranking points and Costa Rica has a 3-1 record, remaining with
Guatemala’s strength in attacks and directed serves left Costa
Rica limited to make a recovery and counterattack using all
their players in the first two sets; also, Guatemala benefited
from Costa Rica’s numerous failed serves.
Costa Rica found a better rhythm after that match had to be
suspended (17 minutes) in the third set due to a black out in
San Salvador; they pushed hard against Guatemala that lost three
match points (24-21) before a close 27-25 finish.
Guatemala topped Costa Rica 34-25 in attacks and 3-2 in blocks;
both scored 6 points on serves. Guatemala scored 34 points on
Costa Rican errors, while committing 22 errors of their own.
Opposite Andy Leonardo of Guatemala led all scorers with 20
points on 15 kills, 2 blocks and 3 serves; outside hitters
Carlos Lopez and Wagner Chacon contributed with 7 points apiece.
Opposite Ricky Vargas led Costa Rica with 9 points and outside
hitter Alberto Blanco tallied 8 points.
On Wednesday, Guatemala (3-0) faces Nicaragua (1-1) and Costa
Rica (3-1) meets host El Salvador (1-1).
Setter Gerardo González of Guatemala said that they failed too
many serves in the third set “compared to the first two sets, we
had already failed 6 serves before the black out, Costa Rica
played much better, we extended the set further than 25, but we
stayed calm. We lost concentration but we finished in three
sets. We hope continue on winning and hopefully in three sets as
Captain Alberto Blanco of Costa Rica said “this is our first
tournament together and Guatemala has a lot of international
experience, we really had difficulties to receive their serves.
We were able to make more effective plays in the last set, but
we had a tiny error that didn’t allow us to go further, we are
happy the way we finished. We felt frustrated in the first two
errors because of our numerous errors; we know we are capable of
doing better like we did in the end. We haven’t the prepared as
we should have the entire year and it showed, we were tired
against such a powerful opponent like Guatemala”.
Guatemala’s assistant coach Luis Fernando Castañeda indicated
his team got relaxed in the third set “the guys had cold head to
overcome the inconveniences, Costa Rica took advantage really
well; they were able to re organize but my team worked well to
keep our unbeaten mark”.
“We must admit that Guatemala’s process is superior to ours”
said coach Alberto Blanco Sanchez. “We have many talented
players but as a team they still don’t work as a team like
Guatemala and that’s why we had up and downs; we played well the
third set. I believe if the young players of the second set, a
new generation, continue to work for two years and I stay, we
can beat Guatemala”.