Guatemala storms into Men’s title match
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 15, 2017. - Guatemala had no set
back in their straight set victory 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20)
over hosts Nicaragua and storms into the men’s title against El
Salvador at the XI Central American Games.
Guatemala’s commanding presence on the court was felt with a
powerful performance; in set three U-23 players were responsible
of the actions. Guatemala stormed into the title match without
any setbacks on 5-0 unbeaten record with 24 points.
Guatemala’s performance is a major improvement from a ten year
drought of reaching the podium when in 1997 they won the gold
medal. Guatemala finished as title holders also in 1977 and
1986; in 1973 they won the silver medal.
Nicaragua with 2-3 record and 11 points is in position to battle
for the bronze medal, pending on their result to Honduras and
Costa Rica’s result against Belize.
Nicaragua held advantage in spikes 36-34 and 2-1 in aces.
Guatemala did better in blocking 8-2 and committed only 17
errors while scoring on 37 Nicaraguan errors. Opposite Erik
Flores scored 14 points on 12 kills and 2 blocks as Guatemala’s
top scorer. Opposite Denis Garcia and outside hitter Tito
Valdivia scored 13 and 10 points for Nicaragua.
On Saturday Guatemala (5-0) faces El Salvador (5-0) and
Nicaragua (2-3) plays to Honduras (3-2) in the last match of the