Guatemala wins Men’s Central American Games Managua 2017
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 16, 2017.- Guatemala won the men’s
Volleyball tournament of the XI Central American Games Managua
2107 after defeating El Salvador 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-14) at
Alexis Argüello sport complex.
Guatemala puts an end to a ten year drought of not winning any
medal in the Games, after winning the title of the sixth edition
of the Games in 1997. Guatemala ruled over El Salvador in sets
one and two with towering blocking and effective attacks; in
comparison of set two when El Salvador had a better tactic in
reading Guatemala’s offense.
Guatemala and El Salvador advanced unbeaten in the round-robin
competition to play their last match of the event and decide the
Guatemala closes with perfect 6-0 win-loss record and 29 points,
while the silver medalists El Salvador finishes with 5-1 and 18
The champions prevailed over El Salvador with 45-37 margin in
kills, 7-4 in blocking and 3-1 in aces. Guatemala had fewer
Guatemala distributed their offense between Carlos Lopez with 14
points, Erik Flores with 12 points and Wagner Chacon along with
Brandon Chinchilla with 10 points apiece. Andres Chavez topped
El Salvador with 11 points, joined by Carlos Rodriguez with 9
points and Francisco Hernandez with 8 points.
Head coach of Guatemala Reider Lucas:
“I am very happy to have reached our goal; we had a really good
tournament. Most of all I want to congratulate my guys; the
men’s field in Central America is very competitive and they set
their own rhythm, even only losing one set; they worked hard the
entire competition and today even more. There was little time to
recover from last night’s match, they were focused. For
Guatemala this is a process that started four years ago, there
are five or six U-21 players in the team and there are four
years more for this team”.
Setter of Guatemala Adan Ruano:
“I am not the regular setter, but I had the chance to play in
other matches and support my team; today Gerardo (starting
setter) is not here for personal matters, and I assumed the task
with responsibility just like my teammates. I think our success
is due to the fact that our coach is very disciplines, we
respect him and we always follow his instructions, adding to the
fact that we are a united team”.