Nicaragua also to "quarters" to overcome Haiti
HAVANA, Cuba, August 29, 2018 - Despite the shock Nicaragua
managed to overcome Haiti 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 25-13) and
secured a spot for group B in the quarter-finals tomorrow in the
Norceca Sub-21 Men's Volleyball Tournament, whose preliminary
phase closes today in the Sports City.
By statistics they were well leveled with the advantage offor
the Central Americans in attack (49-43) and blocking (8-7), and
in service for the Caribbean rivals (4-7), but these gave away
31 points via unforced errors.
Also Haiti had the leading scorer of the clash, the opposite
Jean Bayol with 27 points, supported by the wing spiker Edgar
Damay with 10. However the Nicaraguans had a wider and better
distributed offensive led by corner players Jonny Zeledón (25)
and Byron Hernández (17), and the central Enmanuel Reyes (10).
Osman Hernandez, Nicaraguan coach, said that "at the beginning
it was a very even match, in the second set we won, they have a
very strong serve that hurt us a lot but we managed to maintain
ourselves, so we pushed the floating service, which is our
characteristic, because we were doing it with a jump and it did
not work and we went back to our origin and the boys did very
well, that was key even though Byron in the fourth scored them
jumping, now to think about tomorrow's challenge, which will be
His captain Jonny Zeledón declared that "we are happy with this
first victory, Haiti is a high team, but we were able to take
advantage of every mistake and go up, we have achieved a goal,
the advance to the quarterfinals".
Adolphe Ralph, coach of Haiti, acknowledged that "my team
commits many faults, could not attack and then it is impossible
to win, boys can play, be coordinated, but I do not know what
happened to them, so for tomorrow I think we are going to be
another team to make a good game."
His captain, corner player Edgar Dimitri Dumay, expressed with
dismay that "I do not know why we lost, I am very discouraged.
We started strong, we thought we could win but we could not do