Guatemala beat Costa Rica for first place


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, July 29, 2012 – Guatemala defeated Costa Rica in the race for first place in the tournament of NORCECA Group H first round of the FIVB Men's World Championship 2014 to Poland in five sets to prevail 22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13.


Jeyson Nery was the best scorer of Guatemala with 20 points, followed by Andy Leonard with 14 and Jose Alfredo Gonzalez with 10. For Costa Rica, Richard Smith was the top of the game with 28 points followed by Jeffry Calderon with 23 and Bryan Monge with 14.


Jose Alfredo Gonzalez, captain of Guatemala, said: "We came with every intention of winning the tournament. To say the truth, we never thought we would get this far. We do have training and positive mentality to do it and in the end, the team managed to be united. "


Smith, captain of Costa Rica, said: "The game was as expected, we know that Guatemala is a very strong rival, and had been preparing for a long time. They bring youth and experience as we do. What happened at the end was a simple mistake, these things happen. The idea was to win this, but could not and now we are in the second phase which was the important thing and move on. "


On the other hand, Nicaragua claimed their ticket to the second round after beating Belize 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 26-24).


David Mayorga was the most effective man of the match, giving 13 points to Nicaragua. His teammate Tito Valdivia scored 12 points and Lester Martinez and Kenneth Sevilla scored 8 each. On the side of Belize, Jason Campbell and Elton Moore became 8 per head.


Final Standings: 1. Guatemala, 2. Costa Rica, 3. Nicaragua, 4. Belize


Individual Awards:


MVP: Jeyson Nery (Guatemala)

Best Scorer: Richard Smith (Costa Rica)

Best Server: Andy Leonardo (Guatemala)

Best Receiver: Richard Smith (Costa Rica)

Best Setter: Esteban Rodriguez (Costa Rica)

Best Spiker: Richard Smith (Costa Rica)

Best Blocker: Jose Gonzalez (Guatemala)

Best Defender: Tirso Pineda (Guatemala)

Best Libero: Christopher Navarrete (Nicaragua)