Guatemala wins tough duel to Panama
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 12, 2017.- Guatemala won a tough
duel to Panama 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23) on day three of
the women’s Volleyball tournament at the XI Central American
Games Managua 2017 being held at Alexis Argüello sport complex.
Guatemala and Panama finished in very close sets. Points were
distributed on both sides with long and fast rallies. Panama’s
momentum was in set two attacking positive points to recover
from a six point deficit, forcing Guatemala’s defense to dig
even harder. Guatemala lost their five point advantage in set
four as Panama kept on pushing, finishing with tight margin.
Guatemala remains unbeaten with 2-0 win-loss record and 8
points; Panama has 1-2 record and 7 points.
The winners held advantage in every skill, with 45-42 margin in
spikes, 11-8 in blocks and 8-4 in service points. Guatemala
committed 34 errors and Panama 31.
Both teams balanced their offense between three players.
Opposite Rut Gomez led Guatemala’s offense with 22 points on 14
kills and 8 impressive blocks, followed by outside hitter Blanca
Recinos with 18 points including 6 aces and Estefanie
Bethancourt added 11 points. Middle blocker Angela Evans was
Panama’s best scorer with 14 points, joined by opposite Hashlyn
Cuero with 12 points and opposite Maria Gallimore with 11
Guatemala (2-0) meets Costa Rica (2-0) on day four of
competition while Panama (1-2) faces Nicaragua (2-0).
Leading scorer of Guatemala Rut Gomez:
“We had difficulties adjusting our reception and we were too
insecure on the service line, one of our best skills. It was a
game with fast runs and we came from behind on several
occasions. We’ve been preparing the entire year and we have
changed our mentality form years before”.
Head coach of Guatemala William Fernandez:
“It was a great battle, Panama has good height and a good
performing system; we are a very offensive team. I made some
changes in line-up and our bench players did a good job.
Guatemala is here to fight for every win and we are prepared for
Head coach of Panama Mercedez Pomares:
“Panama has everything to win, they are in good condition, but
they don’t believe in themselves. All our opponents play rough
against Panama and today the showed they are prepared to battle
after coming from behind to win set two”.