Guatemala sweeps Costa Rica in third consecutive win
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 12, 2017. - Guatemala swept Costa
Rica 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-18) on day three of the men’s
Volleyball tournament of the eleventh Central American Games
Managua 2017 for their third consecutive win.
Guatemala had difficulties finding their way to overcome Costa
Rican blockers in set one, losing an important five point
advantage. With a line-up change in setter, Guatemala managed
full offense over Costa Rica.
Guatemala improves to a 3-0 win-loss record and 15 points, while
Costa Rica drops to 1-2 and remains with five points.
Guatemala’s spiking huge 44-27 margin made the difference to
control Costa Rica’s 12-5 margin in blocking. The winner also
held advantage of 6-2 in aces and committed fewer errors
A balanced offense carried Guatemala into victory with middle
blocker Andy Leonardo scoring 14 points, outside hitter Carlos
Lopez finished with 13 points and outside hitter Wagner Chacon
added 11 points. Costa Rica scored with outside hitter Alberto
Blanco on 11 points and opposite Esteban Araya with 10 points.
Costa Rica (1-2) plays against Panama (0-2) on day four of
competition and Guatemala (3-0) meets Honduras (1-1).
Outside hitter of Guatemala Carlos Lopez:
“We limited our errors in blocking and receiving with
concentration, it was our best weapon. Winning puts us in a good
position for what’s left of the tournament; I believe that Costa
Rica was one of the toughest opponents for Guatemala”.
Head coach of Guatemala Reider Lucas:
“Guatemala was mentally prepared for a difficult and high
leveled game against Costa Rica. We moved a lot, I changed our
setter who added a dynamic offense against an opponent that
knows how to play; Ruano helped us to control actions over the
net better. We were always in the lead in set two, finishing
strong and that gave my players more confidence”.
Captain of Costa Rica Alberto Blanco:
“We performed at the same level in set one; Guatemala pressed
hard with their serves and our reception failed completely. Now
we need to recover mentally for the rest of the tournament, we
are half way and anything can happen, we are still battling for
Head coach of Costa Rica Juan Acuña:
“Guatemala is a solid group, with good reception, attacking and
passing. In set one we were focused in blocking in the center
and serving to different positions, putting Guatemala off
balance to develop their full offense performance; unfortunately
our receivers failed”.