Guatemala takes another step towards AFECAVOL title
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 14, 2018.-
Guatemala took another step towards the twentieth Men’s AFECAVOL
Central American title after defeating Nicaragua 3-0 (25-14,
25-12, 27-25) on Wednesday at FESAVOL gymnasium in San Salvador,
Defending champion Guatemala remains unbeaten with 4-0 record
and perfect 20 points, while Nicaragua evens their record 2-2
and has 8 points.
Guatemala took comfortable margins in the first two sets,
prevailing on kills and blocks, stopping any move by Nicaragua’s
attackers. After ending set two and starting set three with
line-up variations, Guatemala didn’t have an easy victory with a
spectacular comeback by Nicaragua who led from point 10 up to
point 23 and missing two set points (24-23, 25-24).
Guatemala held 28-23 advantage in attacks and 5-3 in the
blocking category, while both teams scored on 4 service points.
It was Nicaragua’s huge margin errors (40-21) that made an
impact on the final result.
Just opposite Andy Leonardo of Guatemala ended with double
figures scoring 12 points; outside hitter Carlos Lopez
contributed in the victory win 8 points. Outside hitter Jonny
Zeledon led Nicaragua with 9 points, followed by Tito Valdivia
and Byron Hernandez who chipped in with 7 points apiece.
On Thursday, Guatemala (4-0) plays against Panama (1-2) and
Nicaragua (2-2) faces the host El Salvador (1-2).
Captain Carlos Lopez of Guatemala said they committed too much
errors in the third set “we lost the rhythm we had in the first
two sets; I believe our experience as a group made the
difference. We must adjust some things so this won’t happen
again; we hope to finish the tournament well”.
Outside hitter Tito Valdivia of Nicaragua indicated “the third
set slipped out of our hands, we lost concentration, we thought
we had already finished. Guatemala adjusted their blocking and
Assistant coach of Guatemala Luis Fernando Castañeda expressed
“the team remains unbeaten in record and in sets; there are
several teams that wish to win at least one set to us, but our
team effort, our individual and group game level make a
difference. We had difficulties in sets three, but my players
have persistent to find solutions; we still have two more
matches ahead and we mustn’t slow down”.
Osman Hernández coach of Nicaragua said “one error, lack of
experience or nerves of our setter, Guatemala benefited from his
decision; that was our opportunity because their strongest
player (Andy) was in the back row, but he has to learn. We have
a very important match tomorrow”.