wins opener to Panama
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 10, 2017.- Guatemala
opened the men’s Volleyball tournament of the 2017 Managua
Central American Games winning 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-20) to
Panama at the Alexis Argüello sports complex.
Guatemala began their winning campaign with 5-0
margin in set one and went on pushing until Panama’s reaction in
set three. Panama couldn’t hold off Guatemala’s 9-1 margin in
blocking and 7-1 in aces. Guatemala also held 34-20 advantage in
Guatemala had a balanced scoring with leading
scorer Erik Flores with 13 points, followed by Leonel Aragon
with 11 points and Wagner Chacon with 10 points.
Panama was led by Domingo Avila with 7 points,
Otto Othon chipped in with 4 points playing the entire third set
and as substation in the first two sets.
Guatemala also opens day two of competition
facing Belize and Panama faces hosts Nicaragua.
Captain of Guatemala Gerardo González:
“We are very satisfied with today’s result, happy
to have kicked-off the tournament. We didn’t finish set three
with the same force. Our preparation this year was strong and we
are decided to perform well”.
Head Coach of Guatemala Reider Lucas:
“Finishing a first match is very important for
every player, they gain confidence and start focusing on the
competition. My guys performed well, we development most of our
skills and we will go on improving and keep our rhythm”.
Captain of Panama Domingo Avila:
“We had difficulties in adjusting, we lacked
decision in our passing and receiving, we will correct these two
aspects in practice. Panama is well prepared; sadly we were too
anxious against a team that just played a world qualifier. I
believe we can do better to be finish with a medal”.
Head Coach of Panama Eugenio Ortiz:
“Our opening match was very difficult, our
opponent just finished playing in United States and Cuba, and
they are well prepared. I expected my team to play better; I had
to change my line-up because four of my regular players weren’t
responding; my bench players performed very well. This is just